Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…

The danger of putting too much trust in doctors

The medical profession lectures the public on health. Some believe it’s time for the public to lecture the medical profession on ethics

The danger of putting too much trust in doctorsWe need the medical profession. It reassures us. When we’re ill, it either cures us or numbs our pain. Unfortunately, our reliance on health care can lead us to look at medical professionals through rose-tinted spectacles. As with society at large, the medical profession mixes the good, the bad and the ugly. Occasionally, the profession…

The dark, Machiavellian side of academia

Overlooked by the mass media and given almost free rein, the academic world is a haven for bullies and antisocial behaviour

The dark, Machiavellian side of academiaAccording to the mass media, Hollywood and Westminster are awash with misogynists, pornographers, exploitationists and bullies. That may or may not be true. Natural justice requires that accusers and accused have their day in court. Unfortunately, trial by media seems to have replaced trial by jury. While we’re in the mood to put the world…

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic State

The IS brand of Islam institutionalizes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, racism, sectarianism and slavery. It’s a barbaric credo

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic StateIn October 2017, Britain’s International Development Minister, Rory Stewart, made a case for the in-theatre termination of Britons fighting for the Islamic State (IS). Stewart said: “They believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves … trying to use violence and brutality to create an eighth-century … state. …. [T]hese people are a serious danger…

Quick answers needed into Grenfell Tower disaster

Unfortunately, history demonstrates that the powerful are not above gerrymandering terms of reference to deliver verdicts advantageous to themselves

Understanding what went wrong at London's Grenfell Tower, where as many as 80 people perished in a devastating fire on June 14, will require a wide-ranging, informed investigation that examines systems and takes into account all pertinent social, economic and political factors. Prime Minister Theresa May announced a public inquiry into the fire on June…

Bridging the gap to the world of online geekdom

Help to understanding 3 big futuristic ideas lurking behind those geeky words your run across while surfing the web

Bridging the gap to the world of online geekdomSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. May 3, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Surfing the web over the course of the week, for either business or pleasure, leads you to acquire an unusual vocabulary without even realizing it. While you have probably figured out the meaning many words based on the context they are used in, others are only…

4 ways to make money in today’s world

Being financially stable will give you the peace of mind you need for achieve a higher quality of life

4 ways to make money in today’s worldSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Feb. 14, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Technology and ease of communication via the Internet make it easier than ever to increase your personal bottom line. There are a variety of ways you can earn money rather than working at a second job. Becoming financially stable will give you the peace of mind…

Is personal tech helping us or hurting us?

It’s our behaviour in response to technology that is causing our personal and social problems, not the technology itself

Is personal tech helping us or hurting us?SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Feb. 9, 2017/ Troy Media/ - We are surrounded by so much technology that it has now become almost invisible to us. However, when you move into a new home, you begin to appreciate the value of technology as you get the basics like energy and water supply, a telephone line, an…

Should you consider a self-checkout system for your business?

For the most part, business efficiency when it comes to self-checkout services means a decrease in customer efficiency and satisfaction

Should you consider a self-checkout system for your business?SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Jan. 19, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Many of the big box stores seem to have self-checkout systems, so why not your business? On the surface it seems to be a good idea. After all, if you can reduce your need for manpower by using a self-checkout system, doesn't that mean reduced overhead?…

How to shrink your environmental footprint

Over time, even the small steps add up and can truly help reduce your environmental footprint

How to shrink your environmental footprintSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Jan. 7, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Before you can shrink your environmental footprint, you first have to understand just what environmental footprint means. It is a calculation that shows the amount of natural resources that are being used up by the inhabitants of the planet. Each of us produces our own environmental…
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