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Study finds that despite the rise in these high-deductible health plans, most Americans who have them aren’t saving for health care costs, shopping around for better prices, talking to their doctors about costs or making other smart consumer moves. This suggests opportunity for insurers, employers and health care providers to to better help patients. Jeff Kullgren was lead author on the study.


A recent BMJ Opinion articles provides a summary of important work related to ending gender inequality and harassment in medicine. Work by Reshma Jagsi and others are highlighted.


In a Michigan Health Blob, Geoff Barnes talks about several warning signs that might indicate a man needs immediate care for their heart health.

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This BBC Business Daily program focuses on the commerical boom in home DNA testing kits. Manuela Saragosa looks at how the enormous head start these companies have over public sector DNA research initiatives may be skewing medical research.


Every American has official medical records, locked away in the computers and file cabinets of their doctors’ offices and hospitals, and protected by strict privacy laws. But most people don’t think about their other medical record—the informal “shadow” one they generate during everyday life. In a new article in the journal Science, a team of experts led by two University of Michigan researchers calls for attention to this shadow record. CBSSM's Kayte Spector-Bagdady is senior author.