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Op-Ed: Failures of ‘Wartime’ Research

ZDoggMD and Marty Makary, MD, MedPage Today's editor-in-chief and professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University, go deep on the failures of our research infrastructure during the COVID-19 war. Below is a transcript of their discussion. Caution, it may contain errors: ZDoggMD: Hey everyone, Dr. Z. Welcome to "The ZDoggMD Show." Marty Makary, Dr. Marty…

Op-Ed: COVID-19 Is Triggering Little but Growing Fractures in Our Hospitals

It's an odd time to be a new physician. One of the best parts about working in a hospital is the sense of friendship and professional camaraderie that you build with other doctors, nurses, therapists, medical assistants, secretaries, etc. However, in the COVID-19 era, group events, bonding activities, dinners, conferences, social events, and holiday parties…

Op-Ed: Why Is Value-Based Payment Not Here Yet?

The financial challenges faced by healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the revenue risk exposure imposed by the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) payment model and the benefits of participating in value-based payment models. Value-based payment models, in which providers are compensated on outcomes rather than activity, are designed to transform how providers deliver care and…

Op-Ed: COVID –

Following is a partial transcript of this video, which runs about 15 minutes. Rohin Francis, MBBS: You don't need me to tell you all the ways that coronavirus has bent the world over and given us all a good COVID-ing. But while we're depressingly familiar with the willful misinterpretation of science by those with ulterior…

Op-ed: What Japan’s 1980s boom and bust can tell us about the Chinese economy

In the 1980s, Japan was the envy of the world.Its economy grew rapidly to become the second largest in the world, led by a strong central government, a surging and increasingly productive manufacturing sector, easy access to money and credit, and protective trade policies that spawned huge surpluses with the U.S.Then the bubble burst, followed…

Op-Ed: What We’ve Learned From COVID-19 Testing

After the past 6 months with COVID-19, have we learned anything? We stayed home. We wiped down our groceries and our takeout. We spent our days in Zoom meetings. We heard about testing, tracing, and treatment, or variations thereof. We wished we would wake up and realize it was all a dream. Unfortunately, it's not…

Op-Ed: During COVID, We Need Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare

Across the continuum of care during COVID-19, what has changed is not so much the direction of healthcare evolution, but the speed. For the next decade, we will all be carried along by a jet stream of change. Those who innovate and lead -- moving their organizations forward as the landscape continues to morph --…

Op-Ed: Hate, Love, and COVID-19

How can a doctor both hate and love this pandemic. As a neurologist, I see COVID-19 up close in the intensive care unit and the isolation floor of Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, on the border between San Diego County and Mexico, at the southwestern corner of our country. The southern outpost of the Scripps…

Op-Ed: Is Now the Time for Single-Payer?

With the news that nearly 6 million Americans have lost their employer-sponsored health coverage due to COVID-19, it is finally time to ask ourselves: is the "American Model" of healthcare working? The "American Model" is a system of fragmentation: one in which changing jobs can mean lapses in insurance, moving to a new state can…

Op-Ed: We Still Do Not Know the Risk Posed by COVID-19

Confused about the risks of dying from the coronavirus or of catching it from someone who seems healthy? We all are, and the dizzying differences in scientific opinion are now linked to political perspectives. Progressives cite evidence that loosening restrictions would cost lives and offer little benefit to the economy, while conservatives embrace evidence that…

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U.S. sanctions imports of Cuban stogies, rum

Sept. 24 (UPI) -- In a move to deny Havana of U.S. currency, The Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Cuba, banning U.S. citizens from staying at government-owned hotels and importing Cuban alcohol and tobacco products. "These actions will ensure that U.S. dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban…

Extreme mental illnesses often ignored at medical facility admission, study says

Severe mental illness diagnoses often get missed in patients hospitalized for physical health problems, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,800 adults in Britain who were diagnosed with severe mental illness, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, between 2006 and 2017 and who had more than 45,700 emergency hospital admissions over the…

U.S. sanctions people, business linked to Yevgeniy Prigozhin

Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The Trump administration has sanctioned a network of eight people and seven companies linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Kremlin-connected Russian businessman, and the Russian Federal Security Service. "Yevgeniy Prigozhin has an international network of supporters to spread his malign political and economic influence around the globe," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said…

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Amazon Just Released a Budget-friendly Physical Fitness Bike With Echelon

Updated 09/23/20 at 8:45am ET: The massive online retailer will not be entering the home gym equipment market. While it’s still unknown as to why Echelon marketed the affordable bike release as part of a partnership with Amazon, an Amazon spokesperson contacted us to clarify that the company has no involvement with Echelon at this…

How Guys Over 40 Can Construct More Powerful Back Muscles

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Build Serious Abs Strength with this Side Slab Series

Sure, you can hold a plank or side plank for eternity. But truth be told, you're not really training true abdominal strength. Want true abdominal strength? Then master a more vicious version of the plank that'll take exactly thirty seconds to do. This plank just might make you a better runner too. Meet the Knee…