Posts Tagged TV

When is News Not News?

So when is news not news? When it’s invented for the sake of sales and marketing, that’s when. My friend and co-advocate, Helen Haskell in South Carolina, forwarded a link to an article in the Columbia Journalism Review by Trudy Lieberman about what those in the marketing biz call VNRs — Video News Releases. Excellent […]

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Posted in: Health /Medical Consumerism, Hospitals, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Self Help

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Med Students and Grey’s Anatomy

Our radio show taping this week included a conversation with two medical students. It was so refreshing and interesting to hear their perspectives on patient-doctor communications, and a variety of other topics. Something one of them said triggered a memory of a recent Grey’s Anatomy episode (no — not the one with the ferry accident […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Hospitals, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools

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Pharmaceutical Drugs and Advertising

I have news alerts delivered to my email each day, and it seems like the topic of the week has been how horribly harmful those TV ads (OK, and radio and newspaper and web) are when they try to convince mere viewers (or readers or listeners) to ask for certain drugs. Most people don’t know […]

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Posted in: Doctor Communication, Health /Medical Consumerism, Healthcare Quality, Medical and Research Studies, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment, Patient Tools, Pharmaceutical Drugs

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CBS News: Katie interviews Dr. Berwick

Excellent report tonite on CBS News tonite about Dr. Donald Berwick and his work with the National Institute for Healthcare Improvement. They talked about hospital infections and prescription mistakes. Dr. Berwick’s passion for his work is so clear. Thanks to them both for putting this information out to the public in a much more massive […]

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Alzheimer’s and Grey’s Anatomy

When I wrote the other day about last week’s Grey’s Anatomy episode that addressed chemo and toxicity from herbal remedies, I seem to have started something. So many of you were interested in that question! Not surprisingly, many are looking for more information, too, about Meredith Grey’s mother “waking up” from Alzheimer’s Disease. And a […]

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Posted in: Medical and Research Studies, Patient Advocacy, Patient Empowerment

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