Author Archives: Laura Newman

2014 Drug Issues: Where’s the Data, Product Hopping, Inappropriate Use, and What’s Come and Gone

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Tweet For 2015, I’d love to see headway in clamping down on drugs that don’t work, tighter regulation of inappropriate drug marketing, and more open data and transparency from industry. Is it pie-in-the-sky? Maybe. But let’s work towards it. Patients need … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Too Quick to Diagnose Yourself

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Tweet Learning all you can to manage your health is clearly a good thing. Today we have more at our disposal to learn a huge amount about our health status, how to intervene to avoid a crisis, and optimize our … Continue reading

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In Stunning Reversal, Unnecessary “Preventive” Mastectomies Are Surging in Young White Women with Insurance

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Tweet I remember the first time that I heard about an unexpected rise in unnecessary mastectomies in young white women, who were privately insured. About five years ago, I was at the largest cancer meeting of the year, the annual … Continue reading

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A Second Look at the European Randomised Study Of
Screening For Prostate Cancer

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Tweet Last week, The Lancet published 13-year follow-up results from the European Randomised study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC), an international trial of PSA testing in seven countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland). (Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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4 Short Summer Reads: Concussion in Girls, Adult Diapers,
Gay Conversion Therapy with Electric Shock, and Chronic Pain

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Tweet We’re halfway through the summer, when perhaps you have more time for reading and considering new ideas. I want to draw readers’ attention to four issues that sharpen the focus on overlooked population groups that should be part and … Continue reading

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At Last, Sexual Orientation Question is Added
To CDC’s Youth Risk Factor Behavior Survey

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Tweet On the heels of LGBT Pride events last weekend, PatientPOV.org takes a look at efforts to include LGBT individuals in health services research, health planning, and systems of care. Efforts to reduce disparities did not end with the defeat … Continue reading

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7 Disruptive Ways to Celebrate Mothers’ Day

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Tweet It’s about time that we looked at Mothers Day expansively and rocked the boat. Lots of positive vibes could be set in motion. Some of my thoughts: 1.     Press for action and donate to organizations devoted to preventing unnecessary … Continue reading

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Dying From Dirt

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Tweet Many years ago, when my father was working his way through psychiatric diagnoses, my mother-in-law, whom I’ll call “J,” said, “If I ever get like that, take me out back and shoot me.” She was kidding, of course, but … Continue reading

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5 Fun Facts About the New York Health Insurance Marketplace AKA The New York State of Health

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Tweet I had the pleasure of hearing Elizabeth R. Benjamin, MSPH, JD, Vice President, Health Initiatives, Community Service Society, of New York, at a presentation she gave on the new insurance marketplace for the New York Chapter of the Association … Continue reading

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When You Read that Radiology Report, Are You Worried, Getting Unnecessarily Primed for More Consults and Tests?

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Tweet A few years ago, I watched a relative poring over her father’s chest x-ray report hanging on every word. He was 89. Everything sounded scary and worthy of worry.  It’s bad enough when patients go for these tests, the … Continue reading

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