Economic Repercussions Prove Powerful in Stopping Hateful Public Health/Quality of Life Laws

Tweet It’s hard to keep up with the regressive state laws that threaten the people’s health and quality of life. Women, LGBT individuals, and people of color are popular targets. There may be a silver lining though. Just this morning, the NY Times reported corporate sponsors are thinking twice as groups mobilize to #dumpTrump, demanding

Homeless Youth and the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative: This Project Needs Your Support

Tweet Homelessness may seem remote to you today as you lounge around a comfortable home celebrating Christmas, with presents and ease. Even if you are not celebrating Christmas, this week and next, many of you are likely to spend time in someone’s home, taking for granted that you have a chance to relax comfortably. But

Blowing the Whistle on Toxic Toys
& Why I Am Giving Back

Tweet Photo: Toxic toys for sale this holiday season in New York City. Credit: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York, NY. It’s 36 hours before I go to a Christmas dinner, where I plan to bring gifts to two lovely girls. After buying books for the occasion, I had second thoughts, thinking that books

DCIS: Overdiagnosis for Some,
But Breast Cancer Death Rates in Young and Black Women Troubling

Tweet Ductal carcinoma in situ – known more by its abbreviation DCIS – has been a term mired in controversy for decades. Over the years, it’s been termed “stage 0” breast cancer, “precancer”, and skeptics have gone so far as to say it is perhaps not much of anything. Before the advent of mammography, the

On the Skyrocketing Costs
Of MS Drugs: A Patient Point of View

Tweet Last week, Daniel M. Hartung, PharmD, MPH, and coauthors, published an open-access article in Neurology on astronomical increases in disease-modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis (MS) –many developed decades ago. Notably, they report that first-generation drugs — now cost about $60,000 per year, when they originally cost about $8,000 to $11,000. Copaxone is an injection-based

Homecare Workers Flood #fightfor15 Rallies,
Wait for President Obama to Act

Tweet Homecare and direct care workers were out in droves last night in New York’s #fightfor15 rally that stretched from Columbus Circle to Times Square. Initially billed as an event for fast-food and retail workers, the #fightfor15 day expanded to home care workers, adjunct professors, and low-wage workers in general. In fact, health and home

Are Pediatric Guidelines for Statins Too Aggressive?

Tweet If, instead of following the adult guidelines, doctors used pediatric guidelines to identify teens with high LDL-levels, and if universal screening was in place, another 400,000 adolescents would be taking statins. Would that increase be good or bad? Doctors disagree. Some suggest that the increased treatment would be premature and dangerous to teen health.

As Chicagoans Vote for Mayor, A Trauma Center And
A Presidential Library Hang in the Balance

Tweet The national discussion of whether #blacklivesmatter or which lives matter comes into sharp focus when you consider the lack of trauma centers on Chicago’s southside. That’s where the vast majority of gun violence occurs and where a trauma center is most needed. Chicagoans and community-based groups want a Level 1 Trauma Center there, and