Author Archives: Laura Newman

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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How Safe are Electronic Cigarettes? Not Everyone Agrees.

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Tweet My friend lit up her electronic cigarette during intermission when we were on line for a bathroom at a Broadway theater. People on the line looked at her disapprovingly. She responded quickly: “I am not smoking. It’s only water … Continue reading

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The Smoking Wars: Menthol, Minors, and More Smoking Bans

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Tweet In case you thought that the war against smoking was in our rear-view mirror, it’s not.  On Monday, I had a guest blog on Scientific American concerning electronic cigarettes, which provoked a lot of heat and discussion. I’ll put … Continue reading

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5 Wild Healthcare Stories Happening Right Now

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Tweet In my journal of “healthcare is going to hell in a handbasket” this week, I’ve got a few items that will either make you laugh or cry. Hopefully, after that, you’ll mobilize yourself to fight for equity in health … Continue reading

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Stand Up and Learn the Tradeoffs
Of Using Medical Imaging for Your Kids

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Tweet My last post raised questions about the overuse of CT imaging in children, which researchers projected could prove hazardous to kids in the form of excess solid tumors at some point in the kid’s lifetime. It’s one study, but … Continue reading

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