If my kid can’t bring peanut butter to school, yours shouldn’t be able to bring preventable diseases. Kim Btw, only around 11 people in the entire United States die a year from food allergies, including peanut allergies. And in the last 8 years, 6,328 children in the United States have died from vaccine-preventable diseases. Continue reading

Precision Medicine

Last week at the State of the Union address, President Obama introduced the masses to something called Precision Medicine. Generally speaking, it is a theory that we should customize and tailor medical treatment for each individual. Of course, that’s exactly what we should do and the direction we should go. Western doctors have a few tools at their disposal to treat their patients: Medications Surgeries/Procedures … Continue reading Precision Medicine

Every test has risks. There are risks of false positives and false negatives. For example, a false positive is when an HIV test says you have HIV, but you really don’t. And a false negative is when the HIV test says you don’t have HIV, but you really do. Every test that doctors perform have very well-described false negative and false positive rates. Tests come … Continue reading

An entirely new genre of healthcare delivery: Always-on telehealth

For years we, and others, have struggled to describe and define Sherpaa’s healthcare delivery model. It’s not telehealth. Telehealth concepts currently in existence simply don’t go far enough. First, telehealth “visits” are transactional and typically video visits between an unknown, random doctor and patient. They are confined by a doctor-patient time slot and once the transaction is over, for further communication, you have to pay … Continue reading An entirely new genre of healthcare delivery: Always-on telehealth

MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy

“Between 1991 and 2008 teen pregnancy in this country had an annual decline of just 2.5% a year. In the next four years, coinciding with airing of the programs, the decline tripled to 7.5% per year. The study showed that exposure to the television shows had a sizable effect with 5.7% of the overall 17.6% decline being directly attributable to the show. That means almost … Continue reading MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy