You are viewing 29 posts for March 2012

Art Caplan, CNN, Age and Heart Transplants

  • Thursday, 29 March 2012

Responding to questions on a CNN news report about whether, at age 71, Dick Cheney was an appropriate candidate for a replacement heart, LDI Senior Fellow Art Caplan said "Given scare resources, given that there are not enough hearts to go around, why aren’t we trying to make sure that they…

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Mark Pauly, Washington Post, Originating the Individual Mandate

  • Tuesday, 27 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly's role in originally devising the "individual mandate" for a national health insurance program is highlighted in a Washington Post article. The article points out that the mandate evolved out of conservative economists' efforts to counter government-sponsored universal health coverage. Ironically, Congressional conservatives adopted and embraced…

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Dan Polsky, Washington Post, Uninsured Who Get Insured

  • Tuesday, 27 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Dan Polsky's recent study of the behavior of the previously uninsured after they acquire health insurance received prominent mention in a Washington Post column about the ACA Supreme Court hearing. Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton…

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Ezekiel Emanuel: End of Health Care Reform?

  • Sunday, 25 March 2012

Even if the Supreme Court declares unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act's insurance purchasing mandate, it will not end health care reform, says Ezekiel Emanuel in his latest New York Times column. Penn's Vice Provost and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department notes that many health care reforms…

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Carmen Guerra, CBS3-TV, Aspirin and Cancer

  • Friday, 23 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Penn Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine Carmen Guerra is featured in a CBS3 TV feature story about the latest study data that suggests aspirin may reduce the risk of cancer.

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Judith Long, New York Times, Peer Mentoring

  • Friday, 23 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow, Penn Associate Professor of Medicine and staff physician at the Philadelphia VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Judith Long, is featured in a New York Times article about her new study on peer mentoring and diabetic glucose control.

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David Mandell, Reuters, Mothers of Autistic Children

  • Thursday, 22 March 2012

U.S. families with autistic children earn nearly $18,000 less than parents of normally developing children, according to a new study by LDI Senior Fellow David Mandell. The shortfall in earnings is largely due to the mothers' inability to have a job or to work full weeks, Mandell pointed out in a…

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Alison Buttenheim, Science NewsLine, Food Stamps and Farmers' Markets

  • Thursday, 22 March 2012

A new study by LDI Senior Fellow Alison Buttenheim has found that using an electronic point-of-sale purchasing system at a Philadelphia Farmers' Market increased Food Stamp recipients' purchase of fresh produce by 38%. Buttenheim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a former Robert Wood…

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James Coyne, Psychology Today, Faux Evidence-Based Healthcare Claims

  • Thursday, 22 March 2012

In a column in Psychology Today, LDI Senior Fellow and Penn Professor of Psychiatry, James Coyne takes professional medical organizations to task for making questionable claims about their members' evidence-based medical competencies. He writes, "We need to keep in mind that the branding of 'evidence-based practice' is an important marketing…

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Lee Fleisher, NPR/JAMA, Colonoscopy Anesthesia

  • Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Lee Fleisher, chair of Penn's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and a LDI Senior Fellow, is widely quoted in news stories about a new study that concluded more than $1 billion a year is being spent on the unnecessary use of anesthesia during colonoscopy procedures. He has also written a…

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Linda Aiken, BMJ, Nurse Surveys in 12 Countries

  • Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A new study published in BMJ led by LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken details the results of a survey of nurses and their patients in 12 countries. One of the largest investigations of its kind, the project looked at patient-care venues in 1,105 hospitals throughout Europe and the U.S. The authors…

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Traumatic Brain Injuries: Flaura Winston's Congressional Testimony

  • Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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Mar. 19, 2012 | 3:50 Video Excerpt Above

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- You can buy a lot of protective helmets for $40,000 LDI Senior Fellow Flaura Winston told Congress on Monday. She was referring to the average medical cost for treating a child hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) -- the subject…

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Katrina Armstrong, ACPonline, Match Day 2012 Podcast

  • Monday, 19 March 2012

On Friday, March 16, 140 Perelman School of Medicine students gathered in an emotion-filled ceremony to open their residency placement envelopes on Match Day, and learned where they will spend the next several years receiving their advanced medical training. In a podcast series for ACPonline.com, LDI Senior Fellow Katrina Armstrong,…

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Dennis Culhane, Penn Almanac, MacArthur Grant

  • Monday, 19 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Dennis Culhane has received a $1.2 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to conduct a multi-site study of the educational well-being of children in assisted housing programs, according to the Penn Almanac. The professor of social work at Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice shares the…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Food Labeling

  • Monday, 19 March 2012

In his latest column in the New York Times, Ezekiel Emanuel takes issue with the grocery industry's slow response to an agreement to add nutrient information to the front of its products. Despite a January, 2011 pledge to add "Facts Up Front" labels to grocery items, food marketers have, says…

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Art Caplan Leaving Penn for NYU

  • Sunday, 18 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Art Caplan is leaving the University of Pennsylvania to become Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, according to a story in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Formerly director of Penn's Center for Bioethics, Caplan has been at Penn for eighteen years. He…

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VIDEO EXCERPT: David Pryor's Talk at LDI/CHIPS Seminar

  • Sunday, 18 March 2012
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LDI Presentation: Mar. 16, 2012 | 1:25 Video Excerpt Above

David Pryor, MD, Executive Vice President, Ascension Health Alliance

Title: Health Reform Implications for Delivery Systems

The federal budget deficit, the annual increase in the Medicare budget, spending more than 17% of GDP on healthcare, state Medicaid programs, and the…

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Scott Halpern, Reuters, ICUs and End-of-Life Care

  • Friday, 16 March 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern's commentary about Intensive Care Units and end-of-life issues in the Archives of Internal Medicine is the subject of a Reuters news article appearing in newspapers across the country. Halpern, a critical care physician and Assistant Professor at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, is also Deputy Director…

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VIDEO EXCERPT: Kevin Weinfurt's Talk at LDI Seminar

  • Wednesday, 14 March 2012
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LDI Presentation: Mar. 9, 2012 | 2:35 Video Excerpt Above

Kevin Weinfurt, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Duke Clinical Research Institute

Title: Patients' High Expectations of Benefit from Investigational Therapies: Should We Be Concerned?

Should the optimism bias that motivates a terminal cancer patient's decision to…

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