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Dr. Ford Vox

WABE Medical Analyst

Every Thursday WABE 90.1 brings Atlanta an in-depth conversation on important medical news you might have missed. We call it the "WABE Medical Minute," and you’ll hear it on "Morning Edition" and later in the day on "Closer Look." Jim Burress and Dr. Ford Vox go beyond the headlines to explain what you need to know about how healthcare is changing and medical science is progressing. Vox, who also writes commentary and journalism for CNN and other outlets, doesn’t mince his words. We aim to cut through the cacophony of health news to tell you what’s bunk and what’s worth your time, attention, and even adoption. 

Dr. Ford Vox is a medical journalist and commentator who has served as WABE 90.1’s medical analyst since 2015. As an investigative journalist, Vox has twice taken on Amazon.com: first over illegal sales of prescription drugs and later, caffeine powder. He wrote wide-ranging reports for The Atlantic, ranging from an expose on how the orthopedic device industry influenced the numbers of American spine surgeons, an exploration of how a Texas newspaper got hoodwinked into helping Scientology in its battle against psychiatry, a challenge to the role of Georgia’s doctors in the state’s death penalty, and essays on media ethics. At CNN, Vox aims to apply fresh insight to the biggest stories, tackling topics like Prince’s death, Maria Sharapova’s suspension, health policy communication and physician gag laws. In his medical practice, Vox is specialist in brain injury medicine, overseeing the care in one of Shepherd Center’s two inpatient brain injury units. He graduated from Rhodes College and received his medical training at the University of Alabama, Washington University in St. Louis and Boston University. 

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In this "Medical Minute," Dr. Ford Vox points out that as medical devices become “democratized” and available cheaply online, users need to keep in mind an old adage once reserved for the medical profession: “A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.”

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is enacting a radical new policy on emergency room visits to contain costs.

The insurer, which provides the only Affordable Care Act exchange plan in well over half of Georgia counties, says they’ll carefully scrutinize medical records when its members go to the ER and, if it determines that a reasonable person with the same problem wouldn’t have made the decision to head to the hospital, it won’t pay the bill. Georgia hospitals and ER doctors are decrying the move, as are many consumers.

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In this "Medical Minute," learn about the so-called “Weekend Effect” – the statistical observation that you’re more likely to die if you’re admitted to the hospital on the weekend versus a week day.

It’s a phenomenon that holds true across various nations with differing medical systems, including the United States. Researchers and even people who craft public policy, especially in national health systems like the United Kingdom’s, naturally assumed that lower hospital staffing on weekends compared to weekdays fed the problem.

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Apple cider vinegar – is it a cure-all? Well, nothing’s as miraculous as the marketing for apple cider vinegar makes it out to be, but as you’ll hear in this “Medical Minute,” vinegar has accepted medical uses, and there’s a growing evidence base that a little vinegar, probably tastiest on a salad, can help tamp down blood sugar after a meal. And the salad doesn’t hurt, either.

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In this “Medical Minute” segment, senior reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about a surprising new finding that activity, not rest, may be called for after a concussion.

This new research conflicts with the advice most doctors are comfortable giving, but it supports a growing viewpoint among brain injury specialists.

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