Category: Medical and Research Studies

July – a Potentially Dangerous Time for Healthcare

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard July 5, 2011) Seven years ago this week, I found a golf ball sized lump on my torso that changed the course of my life. After its removal, I was diagnosed with a rare, terminal form of lymphoma. Subsequently I determined I didn’t really have lymphoma.  That was …

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Uh-oh Video! (Can’t escape it…)

When it comes to TV and video, Al Roker provides one of my favorite quotations: “They say the camera adds 10 pounds. OK. So I figure I must be standing in front of 10 cameras.” Oh, yes, Al. I know how you feel…. However — I’ve decided to come out of my video-avoidance closet to …

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Patients Don’t Believe the Evidence! What’s Wrong With Us?

The journal Health Affairs reports on a study that finds Evidence That Consumers Are Skeptical About Evidence-Based Health Care. According to the abstract, We found many of these consumers’ beliefs, values, and knowledge to be at odds with what policy makers prescribe as evidence-based health care. Few consumers understood terms such as “medical evidence” or …

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Autism and MMR Link, Parents Fooled, Follow the Money, Then LISTEN

I’ll begin this post by saying that I understand the basics — that many parents of children with autism believe that autism was brought on by vaccines.  And that scientific research has over and over again proven that link does not exist. Then I watched the Dateline / Matt Lauer interviews and exposé, A Dose …

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Sorry Oprah. Signing Jenny McCarthy? You’ve Lost This Fan

I’ve always admired Oprah.  To me she has been the perfect example of the American dream, while retaining her moral compass and behaving ethically.  Until recently, she managed to make her billions by keeping the best interests of her audiences at heart. She had my admiration and my respect. But no more. Keep in mind, …

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