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Patient Engagement Falls Short as ‘Blockbuster Drug’ Physicians Are Seeking – Cardiovascular Business

Read article – Features research led by Manish Mishra, clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, that found that despite a push for more personalized medicine, the majority of physicians and assistants still fail to fully understand what patient activation and engagement means, and much less how to incorporate it into practice. “If patient engagement is the new ‘blockbuster drug,’ why are we not seeing spectacular effects?” say Mishra and his colleagues.

Jim Kenyon: Vermont Man’s Prescription-Drug DUI Case Shows Odds Against the Poor – Valley News

Read article – A piece about a recent prescription-drug DUI case in Vermont mentions that the author described the case to Diane Roston, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Geisel and the medical director at West Central Behavioral Health, a nonprofit community mental healthcare provider. “It’s true that sedation is a possible side effect,” Roston said of the drug at the center of the case, Effexor, which treats depression. “But unless there was a recent dosage change, it’s not likely the medication was the cause of his drowsiness.”

Transition and Triumph: A Transgender Scientist’s Story – Undark Magazine

Read article – A review of the posthumously published book, The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist, by Ben Barres, MED ’79. “Having inhabited both gender roles, Barres brings singular perspective to the question of how to create an even playing field for female and transgender scientists,” says the reviewer. “Barres’ most lasting legacy, however, may be his dedication to truth in an increasingly truth-averse era. Despite fearing he could lose the neuroscience career that had taken him so long to build, Barres decided that presenting as his real self trumped that concern (which, especially in the 1990s, was a significant one). His decision, in the months before his death, to record his struggles and triumphs means he will continue to inspire seekers in uncharted territory — scientific and otherwise.”

UPMC Renames Sports Medicine Building For Dr. Freddie Fu – The Tribune-Review

Read article – An article about how the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has re-named the Rooney Sports Complex’s medical building to the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center after Freddie Fu, D ’74, MED ’75. Fu is the chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, and is credited as the founder of UPMC’s sports medicine program in 1986.

The Science of Flu Season (Audio) – VPR

Read article – As a guest on “Vermont Edition,” Richard Enelow, a professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, discusses how flu season is shaping up this time around, and how healthcare workers fight a continuous battle against a host of rapidly mutating influenza viruses. (The segment will broadcast live at noon, and will rebroadcast at 7 p.m.)

Ambulances Make House Calls to Prevent Future Emergencies – U.S. News & World Report via Associated Press

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by Karissa LeClair, Geisel ’20, who worked with fellow Geisel student Nicholas Valentini D ’13, Geisel ’20, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Lyme clinic and Upper Valley Ambulance to create a pilot project in which paramedics use downtime between emergency calls to visit patients in Orford and Piermont. (Picked up by Chron, Fairfield Citizen, CT Post, MRT, SeattlePi, News-Times, Daily Interlake, and The Washington Times. This article was originally published in the Valley News.)

Midwives Are Growing in Popularity. Here’s What You Need to Know – Healthline

Read article – Quotes Timothy Fisher, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, about the state of midwifery in the U.S. “The midwifery model of care emphasizes normalcy and wellness. It empowers women and gives them greater ownership of their health, their pregnancy, and the outcomes of that pregnancy based on choices that they’re able to make,” says Fisher. “Unfortunately, the medical model of prenatal care can take some of that ownership away, in a way that can ultimately be detrimental for some people.”