Healthcare

Alzheimer’s drug may also treat Huntington’s (The Dana Foundation Website – 19 February 2010)

Can an FDA-approved Alzheimer's drug offer any relief for those who suffer Huntington's disease?  Some scientists believe so. Excerpt: A drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease may help harness the protective pathways of brain cells to stay the deadly symptoms

Renowned journal retracts controversial autism/vaccine paper (The Dana Foundation Website – 10 February 2010)

What do scientists think about the Lancet's decision to pull Andrew Wakefield's controversial case study suggesting there might be a link between the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism?  Read about it here: Excerpt: On Feb. 2, renowned medical journal The

Parkinson’s disease: A paradign shift (The 2010 Dana Foundation Annual Progress Report on Brain Research)

Once again, I contributed a chapter to the Dana Foundation's Annual Progress Report on Brain Research.  This year, I summarized the up and coming research into Parkinson's disease – and what that may mean for treating it in the future.

Cocaine vaccine may offer alternative therapy to addicts (The Dana Foundation Website – 4 January 2010)

Researchers are working on a vaccine for cocaine – a vaccine that may help addicts stay clean. Excerpt: Andrew Kent, 51, has been battling his addiction to cocaine for more than two decades. Though he has tried different recovery programs

Gene therapy offers hope for rare retinal condition (The Dana Foundation Website – 7 December 2009)

A one-shot gene therapy may offer sight to children with a rare retinal condition called Leber's congenital amaurosis.  A recent clinical trial of the therapy showed remarkable success. Excerpt: Three years ago, when nine-year-old Corey Haas was first diagnosed with

Regs change roles (Healthcare Informatics/Healthcare Cost and Revenue Management – March 2008)

"Regs change roles," an article on how health savings accounts and other high-deductible insurance plans are changing the way that hospitals do business, appears in the Healthcare Cost and Revenue Management supplement to Healthcare Informatics magazine. Excerpt: In April 2006,

Through a glass, sharply (Government Health IT – November 2007)

"Through a glass, sharply," an article about transparency policy and how it can be effectively used in the healthcare information technology realm, appears in the November issue of Government Health IT magazine. Excerpt: Many lawmakers and academics believe that the

Roads to Recovery (Government Health IT – 10 September 2007)

An article on the DoD and VA's plans to share medical records appears in Government Health IT. Excerpt: After a series of news reports in March about conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other government health care facilities,

Getting What You Pay For (Healthcare Informatics – July 2007)

An article about a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers report on the economics of information technology in healthcare appears in the July issue of Healthcare Informatics. Excerpt: For the past two years, New York City-based PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), in partnership with the Wharton

Lessons from battlefield EMR adoption can be applied elsewhere (Digital Healthcare and Productivity – 12 June 2007)

An article about how lessons learned from the Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) project can be applied to emergency departments is now up on the Digital Healthcare and Productivity website.  Excerpt: The unpredictable environment of emergency departments makes