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Hed-policywatch Pressing Issues in Health Care
Donald Abrams

Q: Where does a typical oncologist’s job leave off and an integrative practitioner’s begin?

A: I tell the patient that cancer is like a weed. The oncologist is taking care of your weed— providing chemotherapy, surgery, radiation—whereas it’s my job to make sure your soil is as inhospitable as possible to the growth and spread of the weed.

“There’s one question I get asked a lot: ‘I research my health problems on the Internet. Am I a hypochondriac?’ We should ban that word when talking about ourselves.”

Carolyn Greene: EHRs and Public Health

Epidemiologist Carolyn Greene on the potential benefits of using electronic health records to monitor public health.

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The Problem of Replication

It’s disappointing when seemingly groundbreaking studies can’t be repeated. But it’s happening a lot.

Defined: Helium Cliff

An impending helium shortage could greatly raise the price of helium, an element used to chill MRI scanners.

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The Red-Tape Blues

Three physician bloggers bemoan—and cope with—administrative headaches that impede caregiving.

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Venture Philanthropy: A New Driver for Research

Disease foundations that use a venture capital model get a stake in the breakthroughs they fund. Not everyone thinks that's a good idea.


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