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Doc Gurley's Urban Health Beat

Doctor-blogger Jan Gurley writes about practicing medicine on the margins of society, and what we can learn from it.

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At a recent public health conference in San Francisco, health advocates warned that the war on tobacco is far from over. Here's the latest from the front lines.

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What are the "unmentionables" in healthcare and technology? A public health doctor weighs in from this week's Health 2.0 conference.

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Time and time again, needle exchange programs for drug addicts have been shown to reduce the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. So why is the federal government slashing their funding?

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Can computer applications make people healthy (and companies profitable)?  The quest is on to develop a game-changer like Farmville.

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A new start-up is mining the FDA's adverse event data for medications and finding potentially dangerous patterns that the regulatory agency hasn't addressed — but should.

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Can you change healthcare in just 28 hours? Can a team of programmers save lives and change the world? Check out their worthy attempts from the Health 2.0 Code-a-thon.

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Doc Gurley dives into spamming for a good cause: to improve public health. Here's what she learned.

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The issue of homeless people drinking themselves to death on a sidewalk is one that unites and divides communities in unpredictable ways. Could a "wet house" be the answer in your city?

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As patient satisfaction surveys become more important to how doctors get paid, Doc Gurley finds them to be easily gamed and lacking in statistical validity — creating problems for both doctors and their patients.

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Who wants to take care of a patient who is statistically likely to rate you poorly when your payment for services is based on that same rating? Doc Gurley examines the role of race and racism in patient satisfaction ratings.

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