Posted on September 18, 2017

What a devoted father did to help his daughter avoid brain surgery

Our goal at RCM Health Consultancy is to help families access world class solutions for complex health problems. This is not a trivial exercise. Choosing the right solution requires extensive investigation into the global ecosystem of advanced treatment options. To deliver world class solutions there are certain requirements: cumulative experience from having completed thousands of […] Read More

Posted on September 12, 2017

How Much Does It Cost To Develop A New Cancer Drug? Try $648,000,000. Ed Silverman Pharmalot.

How much does it cost to develop a cancer drug? A new analysis finds the magic number is $648 million, which is substantially less than an earlier — albeit controversial — estimate of $2.6 billion for the cost to develop any and all new medicines, in general. As with that earlier estimate by the Tufts Center for […] Read More

Posted on September 6, 2017

Nature Heals- Rebecca Lawton in Aeon Magazine.

The longer the trip, the more healing occurs,’ says the geologist Peter Winn, who has been leading expeditions down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon since the 1960s. ‘Healing happens for people almost without exception.’ The most dramatic transformations that he’s observed have been in disabled military veterans on 16-day kayaking trips organised by […] Read More

Posted on September 1, 2017

You Don’t Want A Mutation Of The DSG2 Gene But You Want To Know About It

A mutation of the DSG2 gene is associated with a sudden cardiac death syndrome. This condition is called arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). If there is a positive family history of ARVC, then it is important that younger family members who might have inherited this gene, be tested for its presence. Whole genome testing has […] Read More

Posted on August 4, 2017

The Shriners Are Doing A Great Job Helping Sick Children

Hannah who was 1 1/2 years of age had two broken bones when she arrived at the ER. This was unusual and the nurses were alarmed. They alerted the child abuse team and Children’s aid. But the broken bones were not the result of abuse. Hannah’s bones had fractured spontaneously during play. It was suspected […] Read More

Posted on August 1, 2017

More Detailed Research About Lyme’s Disease- By David Trilling In Journalist’s Resource (JR) July 25 2017.

A few decades ago, at least in North America, Lyme disease affected only small parts of New England and the upper Midwest. But the tiny ticks that carry the debilitating illness have spread rapidly in recent years, establishing themselves in twice as many American counties and pushing 46 kilometers deeper into Canada every year. The reason, a 2016 U.S. […] Read More

Posted on July 30, 2017

Who Knew Healthcare Policy Could Be This Complicated: N. Gregory Mankiw

Why is health care so complicated? How does it differ from most of the other goods and services that the economy produces? What makes health policy so vexing? In Econ 101, students learn that market economies allocate scarce resources based on the forces of supply and demand. In most markets, producers decide how much to […] Read More

Posted on July 29, 2017

Charismatic Guru Unable To Get Necessary Mental Health Treatment

While Michael struggled privately with bipolar mood disorder, the world knew Michael Stone, who died in Victoria on July 16 at the age of 42, as a charismatic yogi, Zen Buddhist teacher, activist, speaker and author. Michael had a devoted international following for his teachings, which blended ancient ideas with mainstream psychology and showed people […] Read More

Posted on July 11, 2017

Preventing Breast Cancer From Spreading: A New Class Of Drugs

Summary Of Clinical Trial:  Metastasis is the primary cause of death from breast cancer, invasive carcinoma cells in mouse and rat mammary tumors co-migrate accompanied by macrophages towards intravasation sites . The intravasation occurs at sites where a TIE2-expressing macrophage, a mena-expressing tumor cell, and an endothelial cell are in direct contact, forming a micro-anatomic […] Read More

Posted on July 6, 2017

Ticks Causing Lyme Disease Are Moving North

The ticks are moving North. Climate change is the cause. Because of this, ticks causing Lyme Disease now infect more persons. Ticks carry Borrelia burgdorferi which is spiral shaped bacteria. Ticks also carry other bacteria and viruses. These co-infections must be tested for. The symptoms of Lyme Disease can mimic many diseases including: chronic fatigue, Parkinsons, multiple […] Read More

Posted on July 6, 2017

Canadians Purchase Care In The USA

A new report from the Fraser Institute estimates that more than 63,000 Canadians travelled abroad for medical care in 2016. The think-tank says that’s a nearly 40-per-cent increase over the previous year, and may be related to long wait times for medical procedures in Canada. But one professor warns the data is based only on […] Read More

Posted on June 21, 2017

Stop Cancer Metastases From Spreading- Research At Johns Hopkins: The Baltimore Sun May 2017.

Research at Johns Hopkins by Hasini Jayatilaka a post doctoral fellow and her collaborator Dr Denis Wirtz has shown a new signalling pathway used by cancer drugs to spread cancer to other parts of the body. This is a dramatic new way of stopping the spread of cancer. Once the cancer cells start to sense […] Read More

Posted on June 20, 2017

Helping Trustees To Purchase Care For Beneficiaries

Trustees and Executors are often called on to make complex decisions about arranging and purchasing care. It is however, very challenging to assist beneficiaries when the Trustee or Executor does not have the ability to select private care providers or access public sector care. Case Study:  Stan is 85 years of age. He has a […] Read More

Posted on May 15, 2017

Successful Clot Extraction For Stroke Patients Is A Game Changer

Stroke is often caused by a clot blocking a major artery in the brain. This can result in the death of brain tissue and permanent loss of function. Fortunately, clots can now be extracted from these blocked arteries using very small catheters and tools directed to the site of the clot.  Flow can be restarted. […] Read More

Posted on May 1, 2017

AI In Cancer Care: Watson Is A Trusted Advisor

Clinical computing with AI- it works. From Stat News.  Doctors at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand have been using the system for about a year now, and oncologists at six hospitals in India started using Watson a few weeks back. One of those oncologists is Dr. Amit Rauthan, who practices at Manipal Hospital in the […] Read More

Posted on April 24, 2017

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities; Ahmed Alkhateeb Harvard Medical School

Science is in the midst of a data crisis. Last year, there were more than 1.2 million new papers published in the biomedical sciences alone, bringing the total number of peer-reviewed biomedical papers to over 26 million. However, the average scientist reads only about 250 papers a year. Meanwhile, the quality of the scientific literature […] Read More

Posted on April 23, 2017

What It Feels Like To Be The Case Manager Of A Very Complex Patient

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Posted on April 23, 2017

Treat Breast Cancer in 11 Days Using Unique Combination of Biologics

Research presented by Professor Nigel Bundred at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Amsterdam revealed that they had tested the effectiveness of a pair of drugs known as Herceptin (a.k.a trastuzumab) and Lapatinib. The two drugs are commonly used in breast cancer treatment already, but this is the first time they had been combined together […] Read More

Posted on April 14, 2017


So . . . It Turns Out Cancer Can Be Killed After All “Your lives are going to change forever,” the Urologist told us after removing a golf ball sized tumor from my wife’s bladder. “The cancer has spread into the muscle wall and the only course of action is to remove the bladder. We will have to attach […] Read More

Posted on April 13, 2017


Next November, a new tool at the University of Alberta will enable neurosurgeons to work on brains without cutting into patients’ skulls. Known as the Gamma Knife, the tool will focus rays of gamma radiation onto brain tumours to allow neurosurgery to be performed through an intact scull. The $17.5 million project was spearheaded by […] Read More