A commentary by Blendon and Benson in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine provides some interesting findings about public trust in American doctors and the American healthcare system as compared to another 28 industrialized nations. Just to give you a flavor: (more…)


Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of college (at Stanford to be precise) to start a company that is now beginning to revolutionize blood testing. Anyone who has to have regular blood draws (phlebotomy) for things like cholesterol testing or PSA testing or just a standard complete (more…)

A new study just published yesterday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology offers insights into the risk for various types of mental and emotional distress associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Mehnert et al. interviewed a total of 2,141 patients at a variety of (more…)


Last Thursday, Bloomberg BusinessWeek carried a report about how Kaiser Permanente has created a massive genetic database that other researchers will be able to access. According to Bloomberg, the “biobank links the health records of more than 210,000 Kaiser members with samples of their DNA.” (more…)

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research, has just published a new “Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Healthcare Practice and Research.” A statement about the thinking behind and key recommendations in this new roadmap is also (more…)