Last hour guest, Dr. Betty Martini reported on the latest developments on aspartame (NutraSweet). After 8 years we have finally found the studies on aspartame the FDA had under seal because they were too bad for the public to see, she shared, adding that the information shows that the very studies used for approval should have prevented approval (related article).
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Mount Sinai School of Medicine is adding a Department of Family Medicine. It is now one of the only top medical schools to offer family medicine as a specialty for its students.
In this issue of the magazine, Atul Gawande writes about why we have the most expensive health care in the world. Here Gawande talks about the town with the highest health-care costs in the country, McAllen, Texas, and the way his visit there changed how he practices medicine. He also talks about the Dartmouth Atlas interactive map that shows what different U.S. communities pay for health care.
Healthcare is deadly. As patients and clinicians, we have long passed the threshold of comprehension when it comes to the amount of data and variables that support life-critical decisions. The system needs to be redesigned and re-imagined. True change comes from establishing a vision for healthcare that will modernize how doctors and patients interact with their health data to quantified and measurable medicine.
In this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss the idea that “Design is Medicine,” with Involution Studios Creative Director, Juhan Sonin. In his health design practice, Sonin explores how linear-thinking human beings can interpret non-linear, unbalanced health metrics, and how healthcare can be saved through coordination, presentation and design.
Join us as we look at the design, data, and policy challenges, as well as the scary new ideas being invented to solve them, that makes tackling the healthcare problem daunting and exciting.