The Implications of Population Health Management

It has long been recognized that a small percentage of patients with complex needs tend to use a disproportionately high percentage of health care resources. These individuals are referred to by a variety of terms including “super-utilizers”, “high-risk patients” and “beneficiaries with complex needs.” These patients tend to over use acute care services and often have a combination of physical …

Taking, Making, and Faking Drugs: The Danger and Prevalence of Counterfeit Medications

Prescription medications, now more than ever, have become constants in many Americans’ healthcare regimens. In 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services estimated that over 50% of Americans have taken at least one prescription medication within the past 30 days [1]. By 2015, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse stated that the number had climbed closer to …

Arduino: The technology of the future

Nowadays, technology has dominated, to a great degree, our lives. One of its “miracles” is the Arduino. Most people probably don’t know what Arduino technology is or, even if they do, they have not fully understood its full potential. However, its range of operations makes it a useful tool for the future. As Edward Teller once stated: “the science of …

Should Schools Start Later?

As the blaring alarm jars me out of my sleep, I could swear I’d closed my eyes only seconds ago. At 6:30 AM, I’m literally awake before the sun has even risen. Stumbling out of bed, I struggle to perform basic activities in my daily routine as I squint against artificial light. If only I had an hour more to sleep! Schools in …

Mandala Meditation

Healing can take place through many different methods – therapy, medication, lifestyle alterations, familial support, as well as through a special type of meditation, using art. Imagery often evokes emotions by bringing back previous pleasant or harmful memories which allow one to experience their emotions. Debra Detton’s experience offers a real life example of the healing power of art. As …

Medication and Mindfulness: The Psychological Effects of Metastatic Cancer Trials

The concept of a clinical trial is not new to the world of medicine. Patients who meet the specific qualifications for the trial either receive treatment as part of an experimental group or a placebo as part of a control group. For researchers, trials have two outcomes from this point on: the treatment works and passes on to further rounds …