USA Today – Continued coverage of a study led by Matthew Davis, an instructor at The Dartmouth Institute, who monitored the comments of more than 33,000 Facebook users to examine the jokes people make about doctors. Davis is quoted in the story
In the News
What Is the Biggest Mistake Patients Make When Picking a Primary-Care Doctor?
The Wall Street Journal – In an opinion piece for the Journal’s “The Experts” blog, Elliott Fisher says when it comes to finding a good physician, patients should choose someone that is a good fit for them but also someone who is surrounded by a good team of professionals. Fisher is director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the James W. Squire Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.
The Big T Medicine Show
The Economist – A story exploring research from Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz who have been studying how marketing advertisers target middle-aged men with low testosterone, or “low T.”
Pick a Team, Not Just a Doctor
The Wall Street Journal – In an opinion piece for the Journal’s “The Experts” blog, Elliott Fisher responds to the question “What is the biggest mistake patients make when picking a primary-care doctor?”
Overdiagnosis Could Be Behind Jump in Thyroid Cancer Cases
NPR – Continued coverage of a Dartmouth study led by H. Gilbert Welch that attributes a drastic increase in thyroid cancer cases to overdiagnosis, leading to overtreatment.
The Rising Incidence of Thyroid Cancer
The New York Times – Quotes Louise Davies, an assistant professor of surgery and of TDI, who says diagnosing patients with thyroid cancer who have small tumors “distracts from the problem they came in with and leads to unnecessary treatment.”
Ads Focused On a Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable
NPR – Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz are quoted extensively on the Food and Drug Administration’s call for research into how prescription drug ads can be improved. Schwartz’s research on two new weight-loss drugs with harmful side effects is also discussed. Schwartz and Woloshin are both professors of medicine and of community and family medicine, as well as co-directors of the Medicine and the Media program. This story was published by NPR’s Shots.
Bigger Hospitals Mean Higher Prices, Not Better Care
Bloomberg – Points to research from the Dartmouth Atlas which Bloomberg says has “shown time and again that some of the biggest and best-known U.S. hospitals are no less guilty of subjecting patients to useless tests and marginal treatments.”
Near-IR Spectroscopy Performs Challenging Breast Imaging
Novus Media Today – A story on a new MRI/near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) method developed by researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine.
‘Low T’ and the Peril of Medicating Grumpy Old Men
Los Angeles Times – In this op-ed, Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz discuss a recent article they wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine that looks at how marketing advertisers target middle-aged men with low testosterone, or “low T.”