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August 26, 2013 9:00 AM Why Can No One Pronounce the Names of New Drugs?

One of the challenging aspects of a career in medicine is that every week you have to learn new nonsense words that have been invented to describe the latest products. 2013 has already brought us Osphena, Tafinlar, Procysbi, Sitavig, Breo...

By Keith Humphreys

January 25, 2013 11:46 AM ARGH! - Emergency Department Edition

I just can’t believe we’re still doing this: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) doesn’t like President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. It’s too expensive and too intrusive, he says. And Bryant has another reason to oppose the law, he...

By Aaron Carroll

January 16, 2013 9:17 AM How “Breakthrough Medical Findings” Disappear

Many people get frustrated by the fact that miracle pills, diets and remedies are announced by scientists with regularity, yet in most cases subsequent research can’t replicate the original “breakthrough”. A recent integration of research studies on Omega-3 supplements (more...

By Keith Humphreys

December 10, 2012 9:51 AM An Important Mental Mistake You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I just returned from a nice short visit to Duke University, where I met many faculty from their Center for Child and Family Policy. Over breakfast with the distinguished psychologist Kenneth Dodge, I had a great conversation about a common...

By Harold Pollack

November 09, 2012 12:30 PM The Cost of Information Technology

A few people sent this on to me, and so I share it with you. From JAMA, “The Cost of Technology“: No one was more surprised than the physician himself. The drawing was unmistakable. It showed the artist—a 7-year-old girl—on...

By Aaron Carroll