Category: Health & Medicine

“The FDA’s Mango-Flavored Trolley Problem”

Don’t you just love that headline? These competing concerns leave the FDA trying to thread a particularly tricky needle: How do they get these products into the hands of the people who need them, while keeping them away from people...

/ November 16, 2018

even surgeons agree: we hate EMRs!

Atul Gawande jumps on the anti-EMR bandwagon, and it’s a very satisfying read: There’s a techno-optimist view of how this story will unfold. Big technology companies are already circling to invest in IKS Health. They see an opportunity for artificial...

/ November 13, 2018

better birth outcomes for black babies and their mothers

There is more and more data coming out about the risk of death for black mothers and their babies in America, so I was really encouraged to read this article about using the Centering Pregnancy model of care for black...

/ November 5, 2018

how bodies matter in miscarriage

Tish Harrison Warren has a moving and beautiful essay at Christianity Today about her quest to honor the body of her unborn child: Our doctor wasn’t a jerk or insensitive to our grief. He was professional; we liked him. But he worked...

/ October 30, 2018

CCHF Match

I know that I have readers who are medical professionals or healthcare administrators interested in integrating their faith and work as they serve the poor… so I’m delighted to share about CCHF Match, a service that tries to do just...

/ October 19, 2018

life: quantity vs. quality

This entire essay from Raymond Barfield, reviewing Barbara Ehrenreich’s Natural Causes is gold: One conclusion to draw from her book is that we do not just need better doctors: we need better patients. And we only become better patients by...

/ October 15, 2018

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

when inadequate care kills people

This Lancet study suggests that low-quality health care is responsible for more deaths than lack of access to healthcare at all. Education is key to further developing healthcare systems — it’s why we do what we do! In low-income countries,...

/ October 8, 2018

everything you know about obesity is wrong — well, maybe not everything

This essay about obesity, stigma, and medical practitioners by Michael Hobbes is arresting and convicting: And the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing...

/ October 5, 2018

why are we still using faxes in the 21st century, anyway?

Ilana Yurkiewicz looks at the ugly world of health records and how one of her patients kept getting harmed by the lack of information sharing: While most hospitals in the United States today use electronic health records, they remain disparate,...

/ October 4, 2018