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How being poor makes you sick
The Atlantic
When poor teenagers arrive at their appointments with Alan Meyers, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, he performs a standard examination and prescribes whatever medication they need. But if the patient is struggling with transportation or weight issues, he asks an unorthodox question.
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Joint Commission delays imaging standards
AuntMinnie.com
The Joint Commission has delayed the implementation of new and revised diagnostic imaging standards that were to take effect July 1, 2014, with additional changes to be phased in by 2015. The delay is due to feedback from stakeholders that caused the organization to reconsider several issues, it said.
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Murder: Another ambien side effect?
MedPage Today
Forensic psychiatrists have found it challenging to unravel the role of zolpidem in several brutal murders committed against loved ones — and then to persuade attorneys, judges, and juries to take their conclusions seriously. The cases may be the most extreme examples of an already known side effect of zolpidem — that, even at recommended doses, people using the drug may get out of bed and do things while still effectively asleep, and don't remember it the next day.
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Is big data radiology's answer for the future?
DOTmed
The term big data has been around for decades — and it's become a buzzword across many industries in recent years. Although healthcare has been slow to catch on, compared to other areas of healthcare, medical imaging lags even farther behind in using data analytics to improve efficiency and drive value.
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Broken trail of promises at the VA hospitals
AHEC Blog (commentary)
It was reported last week by CNN that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for treatment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System. They revealed the secret list that patients were shuttled to when they didn't have time nor room to serve them They did this to hide the fact that thousands of veterans were waiting months to get an appointment. The whistleblower was a previous VA physician, now retired. I have seen multiple reportings of botched treatments, long waits, dirty conditions and overcrowding, but this is the most disturbing and striking so far.
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Mobile technology to infiltrate radiology education
Diagnostic Imaging
It has been coined that mobile is eating the world, but it's also going to eat healthcare, including imaging, George Shih, M.D., associate professor of clinical radiology, Weill Cornell Medical College, predicted at SIIM 2014. Mobile internet is the most destructive technology we'll see in the next decade or so, Shih said.
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