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On Human Flourishing – an interview with Linda Kaufman

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At Thanksgiving millions of Americans focus on gratitude, home and hearth while thousands of veterans are without shelter. While the societal factors that contribute to homelessness are complex, organizations across the country are successfully reducing homelessness among veterans to functional zero. This week Samueli Institute’s twice monthly podcast features a discussion with the Reverend Linda Kaufman of Community Solutions on how major American cities are essentially ending veteran homelessness forever.

“Houston has declared zero veteran homelessness. Salt Lake City is just about there. Phoenix is very close and New Orleans at the end of last year got to functional zero,” explained Kaufman. “The communities that have reached functional zero are able to maintain homelessness that is rare, brief and non-recurring.”

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On Human Flourishing – an interview with Dr. Geoffrey Ling

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Director of Biological Technology at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Geoff Ling, MD, PhD, joins Samueli Institute CEO Wayne Jonas, MD, to discuss technology and healthcare on an episode of the Institute’s podcast, On Human Flourishing, released today.

“This is real science-fiction stuff,” remarked Jonas in his introduction to Dr. Ling, and Ling delivered on that promise offering updates on DARPA projects that let patients missing limbs control robotic arms with their thoughts.

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The Future of Health Care is Now


Imagine a health scenario where patients receive care that promotes health rather than simply preventing disease. Where patients feel empowered to take charge of their health and are able to access different models of care in addition to their yearly check-ups to stay healthy. This is not mere fantasy, and in many health care centers this is a reality. For patients suffering from chronic pain, alternative methods of care may vastly improve their health outcomes.

Models of self-care such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture or even as simple as taking a walk can do wonders for an individual’s overall health. Robert Bonakdar, MD, a physician at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, Calif., recently joined Dr. Wayne Jonas for a podcast. In the episode, Dr. Bonakdar specifically addresses the concerns of pain patients. Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans and their needs go beyond management.
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Non-precision Medicine for Maximum Impact

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Wayne B. Jonas, MD, President and CEO, Samueli Institute

In health care and in science, there are lumpers and then there are splitters. Scientists tend to be splitters, dissecting different aspects of a disease, different parts of your brain receptors, and looking for different effects on different organs. Then, they look for drugs that inhibit those different parts form the basis for a medical treatment. Nobel Prizes and profits are based on splitting up the body into finer and finer parts down to a cell and its genome and showing that they have broad implications.
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Integrated Before Integrative

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Let’s cut the confusion.  One hears a lot of talk these days about “integrative” health care.

In fact, the name of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recently changed to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. We also hear a lot about the need to have “integrated” systems built into our health care. Approaches such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), Accountable Care Organizations (ACA) and improved systems of care are built into the Affordable Care Act.  Continue reading “Integrated Before Integrative” »

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