Pre-Med News Roundup October 15, 2014

U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans Of the many failures a federal findings on private Medicare health plans is that insurers did not take the doctor's clinical notes into consideration before denying coverage to Medicare patients.   We think that this should be of interest to future doctors who are going to be dealing with Medicare at a higher rate than ever before.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science is a thoughtful long-form essay in The Atlantic looking at how researchers and physicians struggle to get the best information to patients.  The piece explores how studies can go off the rails due to funding, misinformation, and a lack of ethics.  This is a great read for future med/scientists.  

Study Backs Stem Cells in Retinas The use of stem cells in medical treatments has taken a huge leap at UCLA where embryonic stem cells have been used to treat macular degeneration, which leads to blindness.  The use of embryonic stem cells is still controversial, and this is may be part of any discussion in medical ethics in medical school.