Healthcare is Hot, But is it Consumer- Driven?

New cover story of BusinessWeek: Healthcare is driving the US economy.  Healthcare!  1.7 million new jobs since 2001.  The main region of job growth is what BW calls the “Health Belt,” stretching from Maine to Pennsylvania, across the Midwest, and then down South.
Amazing.  The article features former insurance and appliance salesfolks who now have lucrative jobs in nursing.  And small towns that thrive off the growth of local hospitals and clinics.
The question of…

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Laughing, with Needles

So the folks over at dLife.com finally got around to posting my feature article on Laura Menninger, aka the “Glucose Goddess” — funny lady with diabetes extraordinaire.  Again, they placed the article in an incredibly difficult spot to find, with a long, unwieldy URL that you would never remember.  (So use the link above instead).
And here’s the photo that should have accompanied the article, rather than that boring headshot of me.  What were they…

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Why I’m Still Using My CGM

Yes, I know, I’m very delinquent in updating you all on my DexCom use.  Everybody wants to know if I’m still using it, and what my experience has been.  Well now, it’s a mixed bag, that’s what.  By all accounts, considering the tsuris (that’s Yiddish for trouble/inconvenience) it’s caused, I should’ve given it up weeks ago. But I can’t.  I won’t!
Reader MikeG summed it up best in a recent comment here:
“(DexCom) is a…

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Chair-less Classrooms to Fight Obesity

While we’re on the subject of Back to School, here’s a tip just in from the friendly skies (i.e. I read it on the plane last week): researchers from the renowned Mayo Clinic have designed what they believe to be the first classroom without chairs.  Instead, “students write standing at podiums on wheels or take spelling tests sprawled on carpet squares.”
Mayo obesity researcher Dr. James Levine studies the connection between everyday movement and weight.…

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Grand Rounds, Vol. 2, No. 51: Celebrating Education

Welcome! First off, if you haven’t already, I invite you to hop over to see my Pre-Rounds host interview on Medscape (requires free login). 
In keeping with the September tradition of “Back-to-School,” this week’s Grand Rounds celebrates education.  That is, participating medical bloggers were asked to highlight posts that reflect in some way on the indispensable role that universities and other training centers play in making medicine happen.  God knows, all the medical professionals (and…

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