Archives By Month: April 2019

Maestro and Music

Posted on April 16, 2019 12:13 am By Del Meyer in In Memoriam

Obituary: André Previn died on February 28th The conductor, pianist and composer was 89 The Economist | Print edition | Obituary | Mar 7th 2019 WHEN CRITICS had a go at André Previn in his heyday, the word “showman” was an easy gibe. The maestro seemed bigger than the music, and that was no surprise. […]

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Posted on April 15, 2019 11:59 pm By Del Meyer in Words Of Wisdom

Steve Jobs: “I didn’t see it see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”

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The challenges to our profession are multipronged.

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:56 pm By Del Meyer in Hippocrates & His Kin

What is the effect of a workplace wellness program on health and economic outcomes? Conclusions and Relevance:  Among employees of a large US warehouse retail company, a workplace wellness program resulted in significantly greater rates of some positive self-reported health behaviors among those exposed compared with employees who were not exposed, but there were no […]

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Pilgrims Progress comes to the Cinemas

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:49 pm By Del Meyer in The Bookshelf

The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come This 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. It has also been cited as […]

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The Killing of a Presidency

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:34 pm By Del Meyer in Overheard in the Medical Staff Lounge

Dr. Rosen:      This morning, Good Morning America, a happy and jovial news and human-interest morning show with a high rating, had a very abbreviated session. They adjourned to an L-shaped desk with George Stephanopoulos sitting on the inside with two male and two female reporters opposite. They had reviewed the Mueller report concerning the president […]

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Do Financial Incentives Improve Health Behaviors?

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:31 pm By Del Meyer in Medical Myths

If intrinsic motivations alone were enough to influence health behaviors, individuals would not smoke, all drivers would wear seat belts, and patients with chronic conditions would take their medications. Yet approximately half of patients prescribed single-drug therapy for hypertension discontinue their medications within a year,1 even though presumably they want to avoid strokes and hopefully […]

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Patient’s Control Is the Answer to Healthcare according to Steve Forbes

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:29 pm By Del Meyer in Medical Gluttony

Only Free Markets Will Save–And Strengthen–Healthcare Steve Forbes | Forbes Staff Policy “With all thy getting, get understanding.” This story appears in the August 31, 2018 issue of Forbes. THE ULTIMATE ANSWER for curing our mostly dysfunctional healthcare markets is to get the patient in control instead of third parties, which primarily are the government, large […]

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A European Myth in Progressive America

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:27 pm By Del Meyer in Medicare Review American Exceptionalism and the Entitlement State Nicholas Eberstadt Winter 2015 If social policy were medicine and countries were the patients, the United States today would be a post-surgical charge under observation after an ambitious and previously untested transplant operation. Surgeons have grafted a foreign organ — the European welfare state — into the American body. The transplanted organ […]

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One million Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment in 2018

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:24 pm By Del Meyer in International Medicine

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2019 finds that Canada’s long wait times for medically necessary treatments cost Canadians $2.1 billion—or $1,924 per patient—in lost wages and time last year. Including the value of lost time outside the traditional work week—evenings and weekends—the estimated cost of waiting for medical care jumps […]

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Transgender Military Service Ban

Posted on April 15, 2019 11:18 pm By Del Meyer in In The News

Gender identity, gender dysphoria, and transgender have been in the news recently which has been heightened by the president’s ban on transgender military service, a change from the previous presidential policy. In our conversation with people in general, there are a number of misconceptions about gender dysphoria with transitioning to the opposite gender. Even physicians, […]

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