Uber, better and cheaper, poised to put yellow taxis out of business

Taxi-in-snow-on-Rector-2-3-2014November 27, 2014- By Steven E. Greer

The biggest quality of life problem for New Yorkers is transportation (or perhaps high housing costs). Our Third-World subways, corrupt Port Authority and high bridge/tunnel tolls, and incompetent taxi drivers who often hold people hostage with locked doors, are the problems. Read more »

Lethal force in Ferguson was unnecessary, yet few lessons seem to have been learned

NYT headlines after Ferguson

November 26, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD

There are huge problems with most police forces in this country. However, despite all of the riots this week, not a damn thing will change. There is no indication in the media, or from comments by the President, that fundamental changes in the training of police will happen as a result of the riots across the country this week. Read more »

The bionic pancreas data

July 2, 2014- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published the early clinical data on the “bionic pancreas” being developed by engineers at Boston University and medical doctors at Massachusetts General hospital. We interviewed Ed Damiano, PhD, the lead biomedical engineer, and Steven Russell, MD PhD, the lead endocrinologist. In Part 1, they review the clinical data.

The research was funded by the NIH and not a medical device or drug company. The researchers selected the components based on merit. They chose the Dexcom G4 Platinum continuous glucose sensor and a Tandem Diabetes t:slim pump, and used software that ran on a standard Apple iPhone 4S.

In Part 2, the team discusses the details of the pivotal study, that could be concluded by 2016, allowing for an FDA approval by 2017. Industry partners yet to be determined would be involved. However, the final marketed product will not require any particular smartphone to be used by the patient.

 

The Weekly Summary

LOCAL SNOWVEMBER AERIAL GEENovember 17th – November 23rd

In the general news, President Obama made his first move after the big loss in the election by signing an order of amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants. Critics called it unconstitutional. In response, the Republican House sued the Obama administration in civil court of the selective enforcement of the ACA law. In the weather, record amounts of snow crushed buildings Read more »

Most people have insurance not yet impacted by Obamacare

Obama reelectedNovember 21, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD

With so much news in the national press focusing on the Obamacare exchanges and new healthcare policies, it is unclear whether the majority of Americans have the new forms of health insurance now, or whether most Americans have been unfazed by the benefits or drawbacks of the new law. The Healthcare Channel asked some policy experts who preferred to remain anonymous in the wake of the MIT economist Gruber’s scandal. This is what we learned. Read more »

Does Steve Nissen manipulate the media?

April 5, 2010 Opinion By Steven E. Greer, MD

The New York Times recently ran a front-page story raising concern about expanding the indication for statins to people with normal cholesterol levels, per the Crestor JUPITER trial. The article mentioned the new data in Lancet that suggest a diabetes risk from taking statins and compared that risk to the low absolute benefit from the statins. As has become common practice in the mainstream media, Dr. Steve Nissen was interviewed and quoted in the article. Dr. Nissen has been paid by AstraZeneca, maker of Crestor, and many other drug companies, but states that the funds were donated to charity and that there were no tax deduction benefits to him. Read more »

Exclusive: Why did Dr. Nissen resort to secret tapes?

February 23, 2010- By Steven E. Greer, MD

Many in the cardiology community are a bit confused as to why Dr. Steven Nissen Read more »

Daily aspirin once again proves to be of no use and also deadly

Japanese aspirin studyNovember 17, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD

A Japanese trial of daily aspirin for primary prevention of stroke Read more »

The CardioMEMS’ heart failure pressure measurement system

By Steven Greer, MD

The CardioMEMS’ heart failure pressure measurement system will be evaluated by Read more »

The Weekly Summary

Obam PutinNovember 10th – November 16th

In the general news, the U.S and China reached breakthrough agreement to curb greenhouse emissions. In Europe, Russia flagrantly invaded Ukraine with legions of tanks. In the U.S., the second round of enrollment for Obamacare was met with downgraded expectations from the White Read more »

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