The Biggest Threat to HealthCare

December 11, 2014
Hosted by Mark B. Toubin

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Episode Description

The Ebola media storm that hit US shores this fall fortunately outweighed its actual impact. While the virus remains extremely deadly in Sub-Saharan Africa, only two patients are known to have acquired the disease on United States soil, both in the treatment of an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital. Conversely, the media rarely covers a class of disease that on an annual basis kills almost 100,000 Americans, infects millions more and costs over $30 billion. Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI's) such as MRSA and C. diff, are infections that approximately 1 out of every 20 patients acquire while receiving treatment for another condition in a health care setting. Eliminating HAI's at the source is the sole purpose of Xenex' Eden, BtS' first non-human guest (if you exclude a few lawyers). Also from Xenex will be its CEO Morris Miller and CSO Mark Stibich. Nancy Carralla of the C.diff Foundation will call-in to shed some additional light on the threats posed by HAI's.

Between the Synapse

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Based on the blog of the same name, Between the Synapse explores topics that fall in-between the obvious and typical with insight, clarity and humor in the realm of politics, pop culture, foreign affairs, and sports. The shows will entertain, inform and provoke by asking questions such as whether Europe or the U.S. can better forecast the weather or how health myths are marketing to the public and presenting topics that include the last Mad Men, Congressional chaos, and the quest for Mid-East peace.

Mark B. Toubin

A veteran of radio, law, public affairs, and politics, Mark Toubin founded his blog, Between the Synapse, in 2008 as an avenue for exploring his ideas and insights with humor and an occasional dose of sarcasm. In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell. The Neuron Doctrine explains that though neurons are not continuous, cells may nonetheless communicate. BtS captures the linkage of that which falls in-between the obvious, conventional and typical. Its niche is a voice, not a topic.

Mark’s distinctive voice developed after practicing civil litigation for 11 years, running the Southwest region of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for 8 more, and operating his own consultancy, ConneXion, LLC, since 2008. ConneXion works with non-profits, political campaigns, and businesses as a fundraiser, strategic communications advisor, and writer. Back in the late 90’s, he hosted a once a week hour-long radio program on Houston’s 97.1 FM.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mark attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia before returning for law school at the University of Texas. Mark enjoys creative writing, tennis, travel, sports, and long, quiet walks on the beach with flightless waterfowl.

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