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Bed Count: Should hospitals be headquarters for health care?

Are reporters placing too much emphasis on hospitals and not enough emphasis on the overall health of the community and the factors that influence it? The forces ultimately shaping our health aren't always the obvious ones.

For the healthiest weight, the past is as important as the present

Is a bit overweight actually the healthiest weight of all? A recent JAMA study suggested as much. But a new analysis of the data reveals a deep flaw in the original study, and provides a lesson in the value of questioning how data are collected and used in any given study.

A Public Death: Altering death records can have serious consequences

Ireland is on the verge of allowing death certificates to omit the cause of death, largely to spare family members of suicide victims from seeing the word "suicide" on the form. But is that reason enough to conceal the facts on such a critical document?

A Public Death: Certificates without causes aren’t worth the paper

Hiding causes of death can become a major hurdle in getting accurate reads on health problems. Calling suicides something else on death certificates or striking the word “suicide” from the public record will have a similar effect.

Herd Immunity: Health care could save big by investing in safety tracking

Spending money to track hospital-acquired infections and complications could save money in the long run.

Herd Immunity: When will the U.S. Senate take patient safety seriously?

When the country's top patient-safety advocates went to address U.S. senators in July, only three out of nearly two dozen committee members bothered to attend. The no-shows missed urgent testimony and tragic stories of deaths that should've been prevented.

Predictive Prevention: Even old docs can learn new tricks

Can doctors learn to use patients’ newly available consumer data to improve care while maintaining a bedside manner that effectively communicates the steps a patient should take to realize a healthier future? It's a delicate challenge.

Predictive Prevention: Changing health habits starts face to face

Futuristic data-mining experiments could give providers new ways of preventing health problems. But the latest digital tools won't lessen the importance of good old-fashioned face-to-face conversations with one's doctor.

Predictive Prevention: How might consumer data be used for and against you?

Will the increasing use of consumer data in health care create new exclusions and disparities or lead to a future of better care and better health outcomes? A new report outlines the risks and promises of this brave new health care world.

Predictive Prevention: Can social networks improve social science?

Facebook's study on emotions ignited a flurry of criticism. But were the Facebook users involved really unsuspecting? Sacrificing a little privacy for answers to social science and health questions isn't a terrible tradeoff. Companies just need to communicate better.

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