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Health and the Role of Medical Care PAM 4350 January 22, 2009
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“Joseph Biederman, a top researcher on the use of psychiatric drugs in children, agreed to stop participating in several industry-funded drug trials and curb other activities pending the outcome of a Boston hospital’s (Mass General) inquiry into his potential conflicts of interest and disclosure obligations.” Source: Wall Street Journal , December 31, 2008. Can We Defend Dr. Biederman? The physician had received $1.6 million in payments from drug companies between 2000 and 2007 but reported only a fraction of that to Harvard University, his employer. may have been used to promote Risperdal’s use in children rather than for scientific or education pursuits.
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Comment on the Feldstein Text For the readings before the first prelim exam (through 2/19): All the assigned chapters from the 3 rd edition of the book, which is available electronically through Cornell, are fine EXCEPT Chapter 1 (4 th edition data are more current) Chapter 19 (doesn’t exist in the 3 rd edition) Remember, a copy of the 4 th edition is on reserve at Mann Library.
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Today’s Objectives 1) How has the health of the population, as measured by length of life, changed over time? 1) How important has medical care been in improving population health relative to other factors?
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What Are the Most Important Factors For Producing Good Health? Genetics Health behaviors (e.g., smoking, drinking) Diet Exercise Access to high-quality medical care Safe driving Yoga (or your favorite stress management technique)
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Life Expectancy Calculator http://www.nmfn.com/tn/learnctr--lifeevents--longevity_game
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2 3 5 6 7 9 9 10 13 Stress Weight Diet Exercise Drinking Genetics Drugs Smoking Driving history Estimated Impact on Life Expectancy (in years): From Worst To Best Situation
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What do you think would happen to this person’s life expectancy if we entered “will receive 1950s state-of-the-art medical care over his/her lifetime?”
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Are the Same Factors Important For Producing Health in Less Developed Countries?
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2009 for the course PAM 4350 taught by Professor Nicholson during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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