Cracks in surgery’s “macho” culture? Dr. Lazar Greenfield resigned as president-elect of the American College of Surgeons after writing an editorial touting the antidepressant effects of semen that some members said only showed the men’s club culture of surgeons.
“So there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates,” Lazar wrote in the piece, which showed female college students who had unprotected sex were less depressed than those whose partners used condoms.
Greenfield has been considered a positive mentor for women in surgery. The issue has turned into one less about Greenfield and more about the ACS’ response to the problem. “I’m not sure some of the old guard see this as the watershed moment it is,” Dr. Barbara Lee Bass told The New York Times.
Healthcare real estate boom… thanks to healthcare reform and store closures during the recession? Sales of medical office buildings were up 213 percent in the last quarter of 2010.
The interactive health era. HealthTap CEO Ron Gutman outlines one the most complete explanations – from history to the the reasons to the opportunity – about why today is “new era of Interactive Health.” He provides one heckuva mission statement:
Interactive Health is not about ’fixing’ the broken healthcare system; it’s about engaging each of us, well or ill, in our health, well-being, and the process of care. Moreover, it’s about empowering physicians and healthcare professionals to actively participate and help us achieve better and more cost-effective care. Interactive health is about making health knowledge, supportive care, and motivation available to us, anytime and anywhere, so that we can integrate this wisdom into our daily actions to live longer, healthier, happier lives.
Actemra FDA approval. Roche’s arthritis treatment Actemra received FDA approval. The drug treats a rare form of pediatric diabetes called SJIA. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis affects 1 to 2 children for every 1,000 children; SJIA makes up about 10 percent of juvenile idiopathic arthritis sufferers.
What healthcare journalists talk about. The Association of Health Care Journalists finished their annual conference this weekend. A thick recap can be found on twitter by searching the hashtag #ahcj11.
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