The Microbiome in Cancer

We understand that the microbiome has emerged as an important consideration in clinical science, and this includes extension into the important world of oncology. The role of the microbiome in cancer is not just limited to causation and cancer risk. We now known that the microbiome modifies immune responses to tumors. It influences the clinical

Anonymous Physician Reviews

Should we ignore anonymous physician reviews? Are they a fair form of free speech? Or are they subject to bias and potentially libelous? See my article on KevinMD.com. Comment here or on the website!

Do pets promote your microbiome?

As a new pet owner (meet Jaxon!) I immediately noticed how much “overlap” there is with dog life and my life. Licks, kisses, and paws on you that have been…God knows where. And while I wouldn’t trade it for the world, the infectious-conscious doctor in me wonders if this is a good thing or bad

Big government protects from Pharma, but not Alcohol

MedPage Today reports two interesting pieces of reporting simultaneously this week. First, Public Citizen published a report showing from 1991 through 2017, a total of 412 legal settlements were reached between the federal and state governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The fines, settlements, and fees comprised a whopping total of $38.6 billion. For 2016 and 2017, 38 settlements

Fat intake may fuel cancer’s ability to spread

We now have more evidence that fat fuels cancer’s spread Scientists have stopped metastasis in mice. Metastasis is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, but until now, scientists have struggled to understand exactly how and why cancer cells go through the energy-intensive process of splitting off, travelling through the bloodstream, and taking

Today’s work schedule causes unhealthy burnout

The United States of Burnout Current work practices are unproductive, unhealthy, and unsustainable. This is damaging for both employees and employers. A 2016 report produced by the consulting group Deloitte found that one of the most pressing concerns for employers is the “overwhelmed employee.” Deloitte’s research shows that workers check their cellphones nearly 50 times per

Study: $15.4B spent by doctors annually on reporting quality measures

With MACRA, the government has allocated $500M to $1B in bonuses to be paid for the upper tier of quality performers. But let’s put that in perspective. A study by the Medical Group Management Association and Weill Cornell Medical College found that costs for reporting quality measures amount to more than $15.4 billion per year