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Sep 28, 2015

Changing the Research Paradigm: Utah Scientists Launch Patient-Powered Air Pollution and Asthma Tracking Study

Academic research can be a solitary pursuit, cloistered in clinics and labs physically—and intellectually—distant from patients. But what if the patients themselves worked the science? Helped test the equipment and trouble-shoot the computer interface? What if they “broke” things and helped with the “fix”?

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Sep 26, 2015

Escaping 'Undiagnosed Island'

Not actionable. Matt and Cristina Might would like to see those words stricken from medicine’s vernacular. To parents of children with ill-defined diseases, those words are disempowering, signaling another dead end in the search for a diagnosis and treatment. They're also misleading, says Matt Might, Ph.D., University of Utah associate professor of computer science and adviser to President Obama’s precision medicine initiative. Because in the absence of actionable knowledge, treatments or cures, “science becomes medicine,” he says.

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Sep 24, 2015

Diagnostic Errors Carry a Steep Price

Michael Cohen felt something wrong with his chest and made an appointment to get it checked out with his primary care physician. His doctor suspected acid reflux, and ordered a chest X-ray.

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Jun 12, 2015

Transparency: A Path to Defining Quality Health Care

Government regulators monitor it. Insurers have strong opinions about it. Consumers need information about it to guide their medical decisions. But what is quality health care?

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