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Top 10 health stories of 2010

December 31, 2010

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Peter Wehrwein, Contributor, Harvard Health

Peter Wehrwein was the editor of the Harvard Health Letter from 1999 to May 2012. He is currently a freelance writer and editor, and contributes to the Harvard Health blog and Before editing the Health Letter, … See Full Bio
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Raghavendra Hunasgi
September 5, 2011

Dear Peter,

This was a very insightful post.

#1 – Healthcare reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010 is definitely the top story of the year and no wonder made it to #1 on your list. This is definitely one of the most discussed topics on the web and has gained significant momentum in the recent past (last 2 months). The legacy migration (ICD 9 to ICD 10), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and nation-wide implementation of Health Benefit Exchanges will definitely change the way American healthcare is financed and delivered. Large IT organizations such as Infosys, GE health and Cerner have definitely invested their significant time and efforts in contributing to the healthcare reform. Many IT healthcare organizations have started making significant difference the way healthcare is delivered. Weather it is EMR, EHR, PHR, ICD – 10 or Health Insurance exchange the significant and notable changes will occur post 2014.

Health benefit exchange is definitely one of the most prominent laws of healthcare reform and this would mean there will be no or very minimal underinsured or uninsured population in America. This law is now a blessing for lower and middle income families in America. It would be a historic moment to watch this healthcare transformation happening in America.

Raghavendra Hunasgi
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July 26, 2011

I did know that I can find all those new amazing information here. Thanks for the posts! I am extremely amazed by post Number 6 where it is believed there is a possibility in the near future that scientists can trigger some enzyme to delay the biological aging. I believe a lot of people care about this topic and if one day it comes true, it would be just like a dream come true for many many people.
I am in this topic of anti aging
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Mobile Medicine Outreach
April 26, 2011

Mobile Medicine Outreach is a Medicare primary practice that treats patients in the comfort of their own home. With technology evolving, the second story will benefit us to the highest degree. Since we are a mobile practice, the technology is actually evolving to treat our needs. Apps for smart phones as well as customizations for a completely mobile, user friendly EMR is right around the corner. “As a geriatric physician, I am committed to passionately serve the most challenged needy part of our society.”Dr. Jacob N. Flores, Medical Director.

April 26, 2011

Hi Peter!
Amazing post, it is very interesting to read this stories.
I specially liked the medical apps- great idea!

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compression socks running
January 27, 2011

really a nice simple theme
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January 18, 2011

#3 – another benefit of sticking with chest compressions is that you want to keep the blood flowing. Stopping to to give breaths too often is counter productive and will actually result in less oxygen delivered.

#7 – 1 out of every 4 a false positive? That is amazingly scary. How invasive is the treatment they are providing?

– Ava
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Linda S.
December 31, 2010

Thank you very much for this information. I wish everyone would read the blogs like this one.

Chuck Bluestein
December 31, 2010

Yes the new RDA of vitamin D was triple the old RDA, but it is still too low. But it can always be raised, right? Also right now there are a many new clinical studies being done on vitamin D that are better than the ones done before. Harvard had requested the government to do more studies on vitamin D back in 2008.

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