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August 2016

Another look at forward head posture

This HND piece expands on an article from 2014. Forward Head Posture is a plague affecting just about anyone who uses tech devices.

As it happens, FHP is an expression of Upper Crossed Syndrome, explained in the piece. In fact, the brilliant doctor who came up with these "crossed syndromes" re-wrote the book on chronic pain—by focusing on muscle imbalances. And, boy, do muscles ever get out of whack with frequent computer and smart phone use!

We link out to several excellent exercises that will help you fix FHP.

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Wnen science gets political--Part 2

This HND piece continues where this one left off. We get more into the history of how science went wrong, and get into the arcane matter (for most of us) of journal impact factor.

I can't resist including a great example of junky garbage "science," as done by a Harvard guy who should—nay, DOES know better. No bogus stats here, just a matter of him re-defining a term to fit his crummy premise. While I don't name the man, it shouldn't be too difficult to identify him—if you care to do so.

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When science gets political--Part 1

This HND piece examines how what we call "science" has become increasingly corrupted by money, and therefore politics. Several factors are involved...

Academic institutions are greedy for money, so they are going after government research dollars, big time. This, of course, creates the "publish or perish" syndrome, which in turn means that a study merely getting published gives it merit, and thus this becomes an end in itself. Never mind that a goodly number of these "results" cannot be duplicated, or that no one seems to care.

To add to the fun, I describe an interview from a few years ago, with a researcher who essentially omitted her published work was garbage.

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A look at medical scribes

This HND piece examines the new phenomenon—and explosive growth—of the medical scribe industry. While scribes have existed for some time, it took the forced introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) to cause this industry to skyrocket.

Not only do doctors hate EHRs, but their use drives productivity and revenues down by as much as 30%. Scribes shadow the docs and fill out the EHRs, during patient exams. As Michael Murphy MD (CEO of Scribe America) explains, the docs have a choice of seeing fewer patients and spending even more time on paperwork/data entry; making futile attempts to do contemporaneous EHR entry themselves during patient time (which patients hate); or working even more hour, playing catch-up with the EHRs.

Clearly, medical scribes are the antidote to the hated EHRs. Read the complete article.