TheHealthcareTriage

Human Genes in Monkeys? We Don’t Love It.

Scientists have put the human gene MCPH1 (which plays a role in brain development) into monkey embryos through a virus that contained the gene....

Why Have Doctors Been So Slow to Embrace Email?

Medicine has been slow to catch up with the idea of email communication in the workplace. Electronic consultations are less expensive and can be...

Why Do Insulin Prices Keep Rising?

Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1921and didn't want to profit off of such a life-saving drug. Fast forward to 2019, and the price of...

Racial Disparities in Healthcare are Pervasive

Study after study affirms that doctors treat their patients differently, depending on the patient's race. Minority patients get different...

There's a New Drug for Postpartum Depression and it is EXPENSIVE

Postpartum depression is depressingly common, and it has lots of terrible consequences for moms, for kids, and for families. A new drug is about to...

The Various Plans for Medicare for All

Now that we’ve set the ground rules, and the five main questions to consider, let’s look at the various plans. At the time we taped this episode...

Medicare For All: What Does it Actually Mean?

Medicare for All has become wildly popular among Democrats running for office these days. But what does that mean exactly? It's complicated, if you...

Prescription Opioids: Balancing Short Term Pain and Long Term Gain

A new simulation study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that reducing opioids for short-term pain saves lives in the long...

Type 2 Diabetes and Daily Blood Sugar Monitoring

Research is telling us that those with Type 2 diabetes don't need to be testing for blood glucose levels at home and that doing so is a waste of...

Measles Is Beatable. Please Vaccinate Your Children.

There's another measles outbreak in the US, this time in Washington state. This is a beatable disease. We’d come so close to eradicating it....

Hospital Competition Can Impact Your Health

It turns out, hospital and health system consolidations can result in worse outcomes for patients. These mergers reduce competition, and it turns...

Eating Breakfast Doesn't Promote Weight Loss

Breakfast still isn't the most important meal of the day. You also may have heard claims that eating breakfast somehow promotes weight loss. Well,...

Sleeping in a Hospital is Just Awful

Being sick enough to go to the hospital is not a great experience. You know what's worse? Staying overnight in the hospital. There's a very good...

Money Isn’t the Only Thing That Can Bias Research

Recent news articles have brought renewed attention to financial conflicts of interest in medical science but that should not lead us to ignore...