Seeing Your Doctor for Prevention,
Treating On Your Own: A Report from the Field

Tweet First off, let me be clear: what I report below I am not recommending. My first obligation is to my readers. Also, I am grateful to Brooke Binkowski, a stellar journalist-friend, who spontaneously emailed me this story this morning. It arrived in my inbox amid a heated social-media discussion about who the real villains are in

Health Disparities and Behavior Change:
A Plea to Stop the Attack Ads

Tweet The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene takes on a poor, white, single-mom, smoker in a harsh black-and-white tv spot. An off-camera announcer essentially tells her to quit smoking or risk leaving her children without a parent. That’s the latest spot, viewable in the New York/NJ/Connecticut market. The NYC Department of Health and

Caveat Emptor: Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Ads for Testosterone Replacement Therapy Soar

Tweet “Ted,” a 50-year-old bicycle racer from Philadelphia, saw his primary care doctor for the last time several months ago– when he was advised to start testosterone replacement therapy. “Your labs are excellent,” said Ted’s doctor. “I’d like to frame them.” The lab values included a normal range testosterone level. Ted was there for a