Early Medical Cooperatives

In the days before health reform’s pasage, many reform proponents argued for the advent of co-operative healthcare systems or “co-ops”.  Co-ops, however, have been around for a long time before that. “In the late forties, over a hundred small rural health cooperatives were founded.  Nearly all of these were in the Southwest, fifty in Texas…

Open Source Surgery

Currently, robot-assisted surgery today is dominated by the da Vinci Surgical System.  The device is highly regarded, but is heavy (weighs half a ton) and expensive ($1.8m).  Plus it uses proprietary software, which means that physicians and engineers not associated with da Vinci cannot alter its operating system. Change is on the horizon, however. “None…

Good News in the Fight Against HIV

Almost one in five South Africans have HIV.  South Africa is the country with the most individuals living with HIV (5.6 million); it also has the most HIV deaths annually (310,000). Despite these grim facts, there is some good news.  The Economist reports: “Although the number of South Africans living with the disease continues to…