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Pelzman’s Picks: Does Money Talk When it Comes to Transplants?

  • JoNel Aleccia explores how financial factors determine who gets a spot on a transplant waiting list ~ No Cash, No Heart. Transplant Centers Require Proof Of Payment. (Kaiser Health News)
  • What does sexual harassment really mean? Lilia M. Cortina, PhD, and Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, explore what sexual harassment is and how we can change the current climate in medicine ~ What Can Medicine Learn From Social Science Studies of Sexual Harassment? (Annals of Internal Medicine)
  • Eve Rittenberg, MD, discusses how the Kavanaugh hearing was a source of dread for many of her patients who had been sexually abused ~ Trauma-Informed Care — Reflections of a Primary Care Doctor in the Week of the Kavanaugh Hearing. (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Are your odds of avoiding a hospital-acquired infections improving? A recent analysis reported the risk has declined in the past few years, writes Nicholas Bakalar ~ Hospital-Acquired Infections Are Declining. (The New York Times)
  • “As we absorb the stories that shape our patients’ lives, we feel their full impact,” writes Dorothy R. Novick, MD, as she reflects on a patient’s traumatic past ~ Sit Back and Listen — The Relevance of Patients’ Stories to Trauma-Informed Care. (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • How can we combat the high cost of healthcare? Victor R. Fuchs, MD, explores the challenges and potential solutions ~ How to Make US Health Care More Equitable and Less Costly. (JAMA)
  • Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD, and Walter C. Willett, MD, PhD, discuss how nutritional epidemiology is changing the way we understand diet ~ Current and Future Landscape of Nutritional Epidemiologic Research. (JAMA)

Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and weekly blogger for MedPage Today, follows what’s going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman’s Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.