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Understanding human health-related behavior in real time

This post discusses using transdisciplinary alliances to create innovative modes of data collection and new, dynamic computational models health-related behavior in real time.

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The Tension Between Traditional and Western Medicine

The tension between traditional and Western medical approaches may have large implications for global health. An evaluation of a hygiene information campaign in rural Pakistan shows that while people with weak traditional medical beliefs responded strongly to the program, people with strong beliefs did not. 

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Can Real-Time Technologies Improve Cancer Patient Care?

The advent of low-cost, real-time monitoring technologies is allowing researchers to collect more data than ever before. A USC trial investigates whether this data can be used to improve cancer patient care by bridging the information gap between doctor’s office visits.

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Understanding Fatigue Patterns in Breast Cancer Patients

Fatigue is a major symptom in cancer and it is particularly pronounced during treatment. To date, the proper management of cancer-related fatigue remains challenging for patients and healthcare providers and we know very little (more…)

Four Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Medicare

Medicare has undoubtedly helped millions of seniors and disabled adults receive health coverage since being signed into law in 1965.  Today, Medicare covers 55 million beneficiaries across the US. In the coming decades though, Medicare (more…)

Myopia and Complex Dynamic Incentives

Contributor: Gautam Gowrisankaran

More and more people are enrolling in health insurance schemes such as high deductible health plans, where the price for a healthcare service varies (more…)

Reports of a slowdown in childhood obesity don’t tell the whole story

Big data tell many of today’s stories in research news, but our recent study underscores the need for caution when reporting the rate of childhood obesity. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health survey last year showed that the overall rate of childhood obesity plateaued, but a more granular set of (more…)

Ending Suffering by Ending Persons

The standard reasoning supporting physician-assisted suicide begins with a patient that is near death and is in, or expects to soon be in, a health state worse-than-death. The patient, acting in her own self-interest, wishes to die to get (more…)

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Kidney Cancer Far Outweigh Investment Costs

The benefits of robotically-assisted surgery for patients with kidney cancer outweigh the healthcare and surgical costs by a ratio of five to one. This is according to new research published in Health Affairs(more…)

Can Doctors Save More Lives by Working Less?

Before 2003, medical residents worked an unregulated number of hours per week. This possibly increased the chance of fatigue-related errors during treatment of patients. (more…)

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