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How to speed the journey from discovery to cure: Make a science out of science
Precision Medicine

How to speed the journey from discovery to cure: Make a science out of science

Precision medicine has a commitment problem. There’s no question that understanding the biology behind disease can lead to tailored treatments. Take the cancer drug crizotinib, for example. It can extend the life of some of the 7 percent of lung cancer patients who have an abnormality in a particular gene. But right now, there aren’t nearly enough targeteted drugs like it. ... Read More
The Ethical Quandary of Precision Medicine: Who Gets Left Out?
Precision Medicine

The Ethical Quandary of Precision Medicine: Who Gets Left Out?

Whether you’re a family doctor weary of one-size-fits-all approaches to treating your patients, a science junkie, or the parent of a child with a mysterious, undiagnosed disease, it’s easy to get excited about the budding promise of precision medicine.... Read More
Precision Medicine

In cancer treatment, is precision medicine more expensive than it’s worth?

Cancer is expensive. And precisely targeted cancer is even more costly. With specialized oncology drugs now the driving force behind spiking pharmaceutical prices across U.S. health care, cancer treatment highlights the Catch-22 of precision medicine: its life-changing genetic discoveries paired with (at-times) astronomical costs.... Read More
Fueling the Fire: Fostering Women in Science

Fueling the Fire: Fostering Women in Science

Scanning this glossy photo, it doesn’t look like we have a gender problem: A dozen young female scientists are striving and thriving, tackling medical problems from how burns transform fat to the relationship between the microbiota and immunity. ... Read More

The XX Factor

We've still got a long way to go in supporting women in science and medicine. Nationwide, only 20 percent of assistant professors in STEM and medical colleges are women. And pay inequity is alive and well; A recent study of New England researchers found that male scientists received more than 2.5 times the startup funding than their female counterparts did.... Read More
How can we help patients have a good death?
Learning: Who's Responsible?

How can we help patients have a good death?

When Joan Sheetz, M.D., and Anna C. Beck, M.D., met during their work at Salt Lake City’s Fourth Street Clinic for the homeless, they were able to recognize a shared interest in the humanistic side of medicine—the ability to look beyond the illness or injury to the person behind the problem. ... Read More
Should medical board exams be open book?
Learning: Who's Responsible?

Should medical board exams be open book?

"The problem with medical school is the Krebs Cycle." This is a common refrain from physicians. More precisely, the problem is rote memorization of the Krebs cycle, other metabolic pathways and seemingly useless facts. ... Read More

The Doctor will Skype with you Now

Telemedicine can improve access to care and lower costs, but how do we make sure it’s safe and of value to the patient and not just health systems figuring out how to do things more cheaply?... Read More
Were the Economists Wrong About Health Care?

Were the Economists Wrong About Health Care?

Empowering consumers to shop based on price and quality was supposed to force health organizations to compete on those terms—making health care better and more affordable. Yet, health spending continues to rise in the U.S. Despite a groundswell of pricing and quality data being unleashed, consumers still aren’t shopping for health care like they do other goods and services. Meanwhile, proponents of consumerism have begun to publicly question its limits—and the dangers of ignoring those limits.... Read More