Exploring Human Potential

USDA Pointing Fingers at the Humane Society?

Do you think the humane society did the right thing by keeping their investigation secret? On a media conference call today about the 143 million pounds of recalled beef the USDA said they were disappointed with how the Humane Society handled the exposure of The Westland Meat Company’s handling of sick cattle. The USDA said […]

Staying Well Past 90

Most of what matters can be managed Having hit 60, and with 3 adorable grandaughters, and potentially 4 more on the way, I’m motivated to control my "Personal Disease Burden" so that I might physically participate in life, and still have my "wits about me" past age 90. A new study of 2,300 healthy men […]

Time for a Reappraisal of the “Business�? of CME

We should consider continuing medical education in the context of a free economyThe growing criticism of pharmaceutical company funding of CME has rattled both the pharmaceutical industry and many legitimate providers of CME. To recap the recent criticisms: The Special Communication by leaders of academic medicine in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jan. […]

Home-Centered Health Care Applications

The case of SAILWhen I speak about Home Centered Health Care, I’m frequently asked, "What can we do right now?"  My standard response is: 1. Build teams.2. Include informal family caregivers.3. Get into the home.4. Embrace technology.5. Don’t wait for permission. Case in point, as described in a recent note to me from Ann Alpert […]

Making Sense of the Presidential Healthcare Platforms

One plot that may make a differenceIf you’re like me, you’ve read and possibly reread summaries of the Presidential candidates healthcare platforms, and you’re still confused. Where do the candidates really stand? And how close do their positions approximate yours? A healthcare site,, puts the candidates’ positions on a grid and allows you to […]


Humanizing and revolutionizing medicine through technology Can technology save health care? While it offers bright hope for tomorrow, technology’s impact on medicine in general, and the patient-physician relationship in particular, is complex, to say the least. The mood of clinicians toward technology, for most of the 20th century, has been welcoming but cautious; a complex […]

Keeping up with Technology and Health

CAST – – a great resourceOne of the great health technology resources that exists organizationally is the Center for Aging Services Technologies. Check out the web site at Their e-publication, Tech Time, coordinated by CAST Chairman Eric Dishman, is filled with useful information, contacts and hotlinks that reinforce how quickly our world is […]

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