Author Archives: Laura Newman

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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Concussions in School Sports: Is Culture Change Possible?

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Tweet About a month ago, I stumbled across a news story in the Chicago Tribune about Drew Williams, a Lane Tech High School football player collapsing unexpectedly on the football field during a game. Ever since, he has been in … Continue reading

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Back Pain Treatment Trends Worth Reversing

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Tweet It may just be the American way –pull out all the stops and try anything or everything at great expense when it comes to medical care. Today’s post takes up how well the United States is doing at providing … Continue reading

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Cardiovascular Care and the Bush Effect

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Tweet It’s too soon to tell whether former President George W. Bush’s stent to open his coronary artery will change how Americans receive cardiovascular care, but I certainly have my worries. If the argument to aggressively search for cardiac disease … Continue reading

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