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July 14, 2012
If you want to know how easy and intuitive it is to understand the individual mandate, watch this video with Peter Ubel and his son, Taylor Greeno, who discuss why healthcare reform is good for everyone.…
March 5, 2012
We are also pleased to announce that Daniel S. Goldberg of East Carolina University has joined our editorial group as book review editor.…
June 7, 2011
Apparently, the Columbia, MO health department has some concerns about a very popular new ice cream. That’s right, cidada ice cream.…
August 31, 2010
When you snuggle down in your movie seat to watch your next action flick or romantic comedy with a barrel sized popcorn bucket and gallon of Coke at your side, your movie theater euphoria might be a bit diminished–if the FDA has anything to say about it.…
June 2, 2009
Has anyone in the country–in the world–got an educational platform as large as Oprah’s? Her power is enormous. She banks on the understanding that what women know determines how society rolls.…
March 20, 2009
With no small task on his hands, the Obama admininistration has tapped Harvard professor David Blumenthal to be the national coordinator for health IT, says the Boston Globe.…
March 5, 2009
As reported on CNET, Google is now allowing its users of its online health record service, Google Health, to share their health records with each other.…
February 2, 2009
As reported in the LA Times health blog, Booster Shots, a grim economy is making global health organizations nervous that nations and individual donors are going to back out on their financial promises.…
January 27, 2009
Well, it turns out that the anti-high fructose corn syrup crusaders had something to fear all along. Not just rotting teeth or hyperactivity, but evidently mercury in their children’s Frosted Flakes and Fruit Gushers, too.…
January 19, 2009
According to the New York Times, Americans are turning to daytime television, in addition to the Internet, to get health information they can use–from none other than the former ABC drama star of Bachelor fame, Travis Stark.…
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February 12, 2013 12:23 pm
John Alleman, 52, who served as a pitchman for the fatty Las Vegas Grill, suffered a heart attack and was taken off life support on Monday. The burger joint’s owner said Alleman loved the restaurant and ate there every day.
September 25, 2012 8:42 pm
NEW YORK — “Good Morning America” cameras were there last week when co-host Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. So were her colleagues Diane Sawyer and Sam Champion, wearing surgical masks and singing songs of encouragement. All of it was on the next day’s show, along with a detailed interview with Roberts’ doctor. A visibly spent Roberts recorded a message to fans from a hospital bed that she could “feel the love.” ABC News’ website encourages people to “follow Robin’s journey.” Followers are pitched $5 wristbands to benefit a bone marrow registry, which her “Good Morning America” co-workers wear on TV.
September 25, 2012 8:38 pm
A nurse who accidentally disposed of a living donor’s kidney during a transplant said she didn’t realize it was in chilled, protective slush that she removed from an operating room, took down a hall to a dirty utility room and “flushed down a hopper,” according to a report released by health officials on Monday. The nurse said she had been on a break when a surgeon told everyone the kidney had been put in the sterile, semi-frozen solution. That detail was in a review by the state for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request. The transplant was Aug. 10 at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
September 25, 2012 8:34 pm
There is nothing “woeful” about the response of the country’s medical schools to the need for more doctors (“America’s Health Worker Mismatch,” by Kate Tulenko, Op-Ed, Sept. 14). Facing doctor shortages of more than 130,000 by 2025, medical schools have committed to admitting and educating 30 percent more students by 2015. With 12 new medical schools established since 2002 and six more in the accreditation pipeline, along with existing schools that are increasing their enrollments, schools are on track to meet the expansion goal by 2016.
September 25, 2012 8:32 pm
“With a child who goes undiagnosed, you don’t know how to treat it, and you don’t know maybe what their life expectancy is, or what you can expect from this child,” Terry says. “Or how you could push them, or what you can do with them. So it can be very difficult. And you don’t know if you’re doing everything you can for them.” The Terrys finally ended up at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A doctor there told them about something they’d never heard of: whole genome sequencing, which can test for every genetic syndrome that’s known. The Terrys agreed, and sent off their son’s sample for testing — and waited.
September 25, 2012 8:28 pm
September is sickle cell disease awareness month, and faculty members of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics are taking an active role in increasing understanding of this debilitating disease and the ethical dimensions of its treatment and impact.
September 21, 2012 8:12 pm
EDINA, Minn. — Just down the hallway, in Room 356, Curtis Kelly’s body lay covered to the chest by a white blanket, his torso rising and falling with the help of a ventilator. A neurologist at Fairview Southdale Hospital had declared him brain-dead nearly six hours earlier. Mr. Kelly’s far-flung family — a son, three siblings, a sister-in-law, his girlfriend and the daughter of a former girlfriend — had gathered in a narrow conference room in the intensive care unit so that John P. LeMay could ask permission to recover his tissue and organs.
September 20, 2012 8:42 pm
When Kirk Davis of Mount Holly, N.C., describes his wife’s cancer and subsequent treatment, he never says it was “her” diagnosis or chemo. He says “we were diagnosed with breast cancer” on June 2, 2008. The diagnosis, which was followed by medical bills and both having to take pay cuts, led to the Davis’ struggle to save their home from a scheduled foreclosure in December. Cindi Davis, 50, had to resign from her job as a school teacher to go on long-term disability. She said she has stage four cancer, now that it has spread to her lymph nodes, lungs and liver.
September 13, 2012 1:34 pm
The demand for organs is great. As of Wednesday morning, 115,337 people were waiting to become organ recipients, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the private, nonprofit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system. “If anybody wants to help save a life, they should go ahead and join the registry,” Jones said. “It takes about five minutes” online or you can do it when you renew or update your driver’s license.
September 10, 2012 1:57 pm
For most patients in the real world, getting good medical care involves complicated decisions. It’s not as simple as what often gets shown on TV, where a patient goes in, the doctor figures out what’s wrong, and then he performs some lifesaving surgery. Most of modern medicine, especially for the elderly, is a lot messier — usually there’s not “right” answer, no perfect treatment.
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