A Gene for Alcohol Dependence? (2 min) Scientists may have narrowed down on a gene that seems to allow some people to metabolize alcohol more quickly, which may lead to a higher likelihood of dependence. What does this mean for how we manage this condition going forward?
Contributor: Francesca CiminoNovember 28, 2018Topics: / / Keywords: / / /
Washington-Post When drinking ruins your liver - should you qualify for a transplant? When patients develop alcohol liver disease, they are often forced to wait 6 months to prove they can abstain from alcohol before they will be considered for a transplant. Is that a fair amount of time? Is that a fair practice at all?
Contributor: Francesca CiminoOctober 3, 2018Topics: / / / / Keywords: / / /
healthaffairs Withholding surgery: How gaps in policy fail people who inject drugs A recent New York Times article described a harrowing situation faced by some people who inject drugs and develop endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart. The article described doctors in Tennessee deciding whether to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use—and at times declining to operate. There are policy failures that are to blame, too, for how and why resources are allocated this way. This looks at those failures and how our bias influences both the policies and how they are applied.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoOctober 3, 2018Topics: / / / Keywords: / / /
New York Times Injecting Drugs can ruin a heart - how many second chances should a user get? A life-threatening heart infection afflicts a growing number of people who inject opioids or meth. Costly surgery can fix it, but the addiction often goes unaddressed.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoOctober 3, 2018Topics: / / / / Keywords: / / / /
Cognitive bias - it's influence on clinical diagnosis Our clinical decisions are often influenced unconsciously by our thoughts and feelings; cognitive bias is one of the leading causes of diagnostic error. Here is a look at why and what to do about it.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoJuly 11, 2018Topics: / / Keywords: /
medium_logo_detail The first time I hated a patient a raw reflection on internal and external conflict in medicine
Contributor: Francesca CiminoApril 2, 2018Topics: / / / / / / Keywords: / /
TED_light_200x200 Ted Radio Hour: CONFRONTING STIGMA a look at how we stigmatize mental illness, addiction, and other things - and ways to address that issue.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoFebruary 26, 2018Topics: / / / / / / / Keywords: / / / /
nbc #metoo hits medicine Sexual inappropriateness abounds at all levels of medicine and medical training, although there has been a shift generationally. Here's a look at some perspectives of the "culture" of medicine.
Contributor: Francesca CiminoFebruary 21, 2018Topics: / Keywords: / / / /
NPR Why Black Mothers Die - 12 min A look at why black moms die at a higher rate than white moms, despite status and resources....
Contributor: Francesca CiminoJanuary 1, 2018Topics: / / Keywords: / /
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