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Slow Medicine

“Slow Medicine” refers to a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to care and emphasizes careful clinical reasoning. It draws on many of the principles of the broader "Slow Movement,” which have been applied to a wide range of fields including food, art, parenting and technology. In this column, authors Dr. Michael Hochman and Dr. Pieter Cohen discuss a wide variety of medical and health care issues in an informal manner, writing as if everyone on the list will be joining them in clinic later in the afternoon. To read more and sign-up for the Slow Medicine newsletter, visit slowmedupdates.com.

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Why employers should stop wasting precious resources on ineffective health screenings and employee lifestyle programs.
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Lisa Schwartz was "one of evidence-based medicine’s greatest thinkers and communicators of the last two decades," writes longtime friend and collaborator Chris Hendel.
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A recent CNN story about an insurer denying coverage for proton beam therapy is a classic case of the media hyping an unproven, costly treatment.
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Victoria Sweet’s new book offers a personal take on where modern medicine went wrong, and suggests that corporate restraints stand in the way of a more thoughtful approach to care.
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A new study finds less than 20 percent of physicians' electronic notes were made up meaningful text. The remainder — mostly auto-filled "junk" text — does nothing to help doctors understand what's going on with patients.
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U.S. spending on health care alone is large enough to make it the world's fifth largest economy. A more thoughtful, evidence-driven approach to delivering care could curb such staggering statistics.
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When it comes to vaccines, the ongoing struggle against unsubstantiated fringe theories can eclipse other valid concerns about the frequency and type of vaccines doctors prescribe.
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Hospitals can be dangerous, uncomfortable places. As two recent pieces in high-profile medical journals detail, the "hospital-at-home" approach can offer a better alternative for many patients.
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New models in Britain and the U.S. take a larger view of the forces that shape people’s health. That’s because sometimes a patient needs an air conditioner more than a hospital bed.
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Will a diagnosis of “prediabetes” motivate meaningful lifestyle changes among patients, or simply lead patients and providers to use medications rather than refocus on aggressive lifestyle changes?

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