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Reimagining Primary Care: When Small is Beautiful

by Eric J. McNulty

HBRThe attempts to “fix” the U.S. healthcare system have taken at least one well-worn market-based path: strive for economies of scale. Hospital consolidation is on the rise, a trend that shows no signs of abating as providers try to streamline back-end operations and deploy big data analytics in hopes of improving outcomes and lowering costs. Businesses try this every day.

However some primary care physicians ...

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New Clues for Detecting Colorectal Cancers Earlier

by Ann Lukits

HBRA study of how often people visit their doctor may offer a way to help detect colorectal cancers earlier. The study, in the International Journal of Cancer, found patients with colorectal cancers saw their family doctor significantly more often in the year before their diagnosis than did people without cancer. Before they were diagnosed, the cancer patients, also had more blood tests for anemia and prescriptions for ...

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Malcolm Gladwell: Tell People What It’s Really Like To Be A Doctor

by Robert Pearl

HBR In last week’s article, Malcolm Gladwell dissected and diagnosed American health care.

Throughout our interview, he tackled controversial topics from the Affordable Care Act and medical malpractice to the contrasting Canadian health care system and much more. I expected him to dive deep below the surface and provide new and intriguing perspectives. He didn’t disappoint.

But it was his closing comment that caught ...

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To Your Health: Lyme disease really ticks me off!

By Dr. Rick Donahue/


Brookline — Lyme disease can be challenging for doctors to diagnose and treat, as well as frustrating and sometimes devastating to the people who have it. In 2009, there were 4,028 cases of reported Lyme disease in Massachusetts, with 456 cases registered in our Norfolk County alone!

Interestingly, the young and not-so-young are the two age groups most affected: Lyme disease has two peaks, at ages 5 ...

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