Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Call for Professional Translators and Interpreters for Non-Native US Speakers

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ny6vtP4gQ&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Video by the Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators, Houston, TX How many times have you been to the emergency room or doctor’s office where people who speak limited English are having difficulty communicating what’s wrong? Have you … Continue reading

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National Association of People With AIDS Condemns
New York Post’s Violation of HIV Status Privacy in #DSK Story

This morning, I received an email from Frank J. Oldham, Jr., President and CEO of the National Association of People With AIDS, attacking the New York Post for violating HIV status privacy of the maid, who accused former IMF president … Continue reading

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Need a New Doctor. Don’t Count on Rating Sites

Have you ever been referred to a doctor and wondered whether the doctor would be a good fit? A friend of mine emailed me yesterday, telling me that he is going to a new specialist, referred by his primary care … Continue reading

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An Update: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Meeting in New York

After urging readers to attend the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) daytime meetings in New York on Monday and Tuesday of this week, I have to say that after attending day 1, I was disappointed. That’s because it turned out … Continue reading

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An Argument for Lowering Thyroid Medication, Closer Thyroid Monitoring After Menopause

This study found a twofold to threefold increased risk of fracture in people over age 70 on higher doses of thyroid replacement, especially over 0.093 mg per day. In the past, high thyroid replacement doses have been shown to be … Continue reading

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It’s a Sign III—Deaf Access to Health Care

This post is a guest post by Billie Noakes, a freelance writer, storyteller, and children’s author living in Pinellas FL. She also makes lace, is learning to garden, and a blogger in this year’s Word Count Blogathon, aka #blog2011. She … Continue reading

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Reminder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Public Comment on What Matters to Patients

Designing healthcare research with what matters to patients is a relatively new concept in healthcare research. If the healthcare reformers who envisaged what is called “patient-centered outcomes research” truly want to hear from patients and the public, then tomorrow’s meeting … Continue reading

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Social Media Weekend and Blogging on Patient POV

This is Social Media Weekend (#smwknd) at Columbia and since Patient POV is a pretty new blog, it is great to hear about the latest in social media. It is definitely changing so the meeting was exciting. Based on my … Continue reading

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Haiku for May Blogathon 2011

Bad eyes, bad knees, bad back. what I can’t prevent, I endure. —Richard Robinson What the right gets wrong: Gay’s not a lifestyle but a life; and life’s best shared. “Defend” marriage? From couples devoted for years? The heart knows … Continue reading

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When Colorectal Cancer Screening is Too Much, Too Frequent, or Not Enough

No other disease advocacy group has built as effective an awareness campaign as the cancer societies. It has helped to build support for prevention, research, and treatments, but I wonder whether excess awareness could be contributing to the overuse of … Continue reading

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