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07/02/13

Preventive Medicine Blog Series - Part V: Diagnostics

by Emily Podmore, July 2nd, 2013
Most people know someone who has either had cancer or been affected by it, and in most cases, the earlier the disease is detected, the better the outcome. What if we could diagnose diseases before they manifest themselves-through predictive diagnostics?

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06/28/13

Preventive Medicine Blog Series - Part IV: Nutrition and Nutraceuticals

by Rutvik Joglekar, June 28, 2013

In an attempt to combat poor nutritional practices, it may be wiser to encourage patients to consume nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals, or foods, beverages, and supplements that provide medicinal benefits, could be used as a tool to preemptively avert the onset of crippling diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Many Americans drink green tea, for example, because they believe it will contribute to weight loss and other health benefits. Despite all the supposed advantages of nutraceuticals, definite research must be conducted to see if certain products can aid in patient health. With the advent of high drug costs and treatment, nutraceuticals may certainly be a more popular and financially feasible option for patients.

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06/26/13

Preventive Medicine Blog Series - Part III: Preventive Procedures

by Emily Podmore, June 26, 2013

Preventive medicine is often broken down into two categories (1) physician office visits and (2) surgical, radiological, and laboratory procedures. The former has become more commonplace, but the latter is still being "felt out" by the medical community and public alike.

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06/25/13

Preventive Medicine Blog Series - Part II: Insurance Perspectives

by Emily Podmore, June 25, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has been a source of heated debate on the national political scene since its inception. Supporters herald its provision of universal care and stricter regulations for insurance companies, while critics argue that it goes against the flow of the free market and will cause healthcare costs to rise. Regardless of the polarized political stances on the issue, there are provisions in the healthcare act that mirror the growing trend of preventive medicine. One such provision is that certain preventive services are available without co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles for patients.

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06/24/13

Preventive Medicine Blog Series - Part I: Vaccines

by Rutvik Joglekar - June 24, 2013

The introduction of the vaccine in the late 18th century by Edward Jenner revolutionized public health: for the first time in history, the world witnessed a dramatic reduction in the number of infectious diseases.

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