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Bill for Ebola Adds Up as Care Costs $1,000 an Hour

Bloomberg – An article on the recent Ebola diagnoses in the U.S. and the hospital costs associated with treating the disease. Cites the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which reports that health care is generally more costly in Dallas, Texas—where the first U.S. Ebola patient is being treated—than in the rest of the country.

Ebola Risk In Area Low, Experts Say

Valley News – An article on the recent cases of Ebola and efforts to control the outbreak. Area health experts agree that Ebola does not pose a major threat to New England residents. Associate Professor of Medicine Elizabeth Talbot comments on the chance of a sustained transmission of Ebola in the Upper Valley.

Medicare Penalizes Nine N.H. Hospitals For Too Many Readmissions

New Hampshire Public Radio – One in five Medicare patients treated for a list of common conditions – like pneumonia and heart failure – are readmitted to the hospitals that treated them within a month. Jeremiah Brown, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute, says since the feds rolled out these penalties two years ago, readmissions have dropped. Quotes Jeremiah Brown, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute.

For Women, Help but Also Risk

New York Times – Prozac’s introduction by Eli Lilly and Company in 1988 transformed not only the treatment of depression but also our views and expectations of pharmaceuticals. But was it a true step forward in medicine, or did it just open the flood gates to aggressive marketing and commercial branding of drugs? Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin, professors of medicine and codirectors of the Center for Medicine in the Media at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, participate in a debate.

Doctor-Assisted Suicide Is Unethical and Dangerous

The New York Times – In this opinion piece, Emeritus Professor of Medicine Ira Byock examines various scenarios of doctor-induced deaths, and warns about the dangers of this practice in light of growing support. Byock points out that “prohibitions on medical practice protect vulnerable patients and the public from the power that doctors wield due to their specialized knowledge and skills.”

It’s a Huge, Dangerous Mistake That Africans Are Underrepresented in Genetics Research

Fast Company – The article addresses the medical field’s lack of genetic data from African populations. Geoffrey Siwo, a TED Fellow and research associate at Geisel, is quoted saying that the lack of data significantly limits the understanding of diseases around the world. The article also mentions that Siwo, Third Century Professor of Genetics Jason Moore, and Professor of Genetics Scott Williams, have launched a project that aims to correct this imbalance.

Is a Study of HIV Treatment for Mothers in Africa Unethical?

Health Affairs – In this blog post for Health Affairs, Associate Professor of Medicine Tim Lahey discusses the PROMISE study (for Promoting Maternal and Infant Survival Everywhere), which is enrolling thousands of pregnant women with HIV in hopes of comparing mortality and other clinical outcomes between mothers who receive lifelong HIV therapy to mothers who receive shorter treatment durations if they have less advanced HIV disease. Lahey offers different experts’ views about the controversies surrounding the study.