Top Five Reads of the Week

Canadians Don’t Come to the US for Health Care: During the 2nd presidential debate on Sunday, Donald Trump asserted that Canadians come to the US for their health care and medical services because wait times are so long in Canada. As it turns out, that claim is false, according to Vox. Paying out of pocket for American medical services would be a stretch for most Canadians, as the strength of the American dollar would make many procedures prohibitively expensive. (Vox)

Medical Recertification for Doctors is Antiquated. What is Being Done to Change it?: Every 10 years, board certified doctors must take an exam to prove they deserve to remain doctors and are keeping up-to-date with new material. But the rote-memorization, all or nothing and all day test is flawed, considering that most doctors consult outside sources if a case is outside the scope of their practice. Starting in 2018, doctors may use an open book format for the test, but doctors whose recertification is in 2016 or 2017 are out of luck. (Slate)

Big Soda Backed 96 Health Groups: According to a study by Boston University researchers, Coca-Cola Co. or PepsiCo sponsors almost 100 medical groups. These groups state that they are working with the beverage industry to come to mutually beneficial health policies, and that the alliance does not influence the positions they advocate for. This report follows the study released in JAMA that soda companies backed Harvard medical research about the role of cholesterol and fat play in human health. (Washington Post)

Women Get Unnecessary Treatment After Mammograms: A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine states that more than half of newly diagnosed breast cancers lead to unnecessary treatment, stress, and costs. This piggy backs on previous research that breast cancer isn’t simply one, all-encompassing disease, but is far more complex; mammography has become so advanced that it can pick up harmless, smaller tumors. (LA Times)

Insulin pumps are hackable: Johnson & Johnson has warned patients about the cyber vulnerability that the Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump may have. This is the first warning J&J has issued, and there have been no reported hacks of said pumps. With bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators becoming a hot topic in the medical device community, encryption of those devices is becoming a more pressing issue. (Reuters)

Julia Karron

Julia Karron

    Julia is a 2015 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she studied Psychology and Linguistics. Outside her work at MedTech Boston, she can be found playing ice hockey, cooking, and exploring the DC Metro area. Find her on Twitter @jkitsjulia

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