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William Heisel's Antidote: Investigating Untold Health Stories

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.

Predictive Prevention: Why do we give our data to Angry Birds but not health providers?

We have no problem opting-in to privacy policies from iTunes or Angry Birds, and yet many express unease at the idea of hospitals using our data to intervene in our health care. Do health providers just need better incentives to get people to share?

Predictive Prevention: Could health care make good use of consumer data?

Imagine a future where you get a call from your doctor when you stop going to the gym or buy too many candy bars. Some hospitals have already started using predictive analytics to avoid bad health outcomes. But what's at stake for patients?

Cost Conscious: Lessons from Kaiser's health insurance analysis

Can health insurance premiums actually be too low? Veteran reporter Jordan Rau's recent piece for The Atlantic investigates that very question, and in doing so, provides a master class in reporting on health insurance markets in a post-reform world.

Just One Breath: Better medical education badly needed in valley fever battle

Last week, the Health Officers Assoc. of California announced it will launch a continuing medical education program for valley fever. It shouldn't have required widespread press and the new U.S. House majority leader to get to this point.

Price Check: Share what you paid for health care to break the pricing secret

A new collaboration among media outlets is building a new database of health care prices by asking people to share how much they paid for common procedures. The results could shed light on how much services typically cost, and eventually help bring costs down.

No One Knows: Involving parents improves child and parent health

Research shows that involving parents more deeply in their kid's care has lasting benefits for both child and parent. In one study, mothers in the treatment group had less depression and PTSD symptoms, while kids had far fewer behavioral problems one year later.

When parents were shut out of their children’s health care

In the not-so-distant past, parents weren't always allowed to accompany their children throughout the hospital, creating added anxiety for both. Advances in child psychology helped changed that, and now parents routinely follow their kids every step of the way.



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