Author Archives: Laura Newman

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

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 … Continue reading

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On Brian Williams and You and Your Doctor’s Memory

Guest post by Blair Bolles Memories are back in the news these days. Folks are lambasting NBC’s Nightly News Anchor, Brian Williams, as a Pinocchio, building up a record of having led a more exciting life than truth allows. Williams … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Nursing Homes for People of Color:
Still Segregated, Still Unequal

If Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive today, he would be 86. If he was like many elderly black Americans, he might well end up in a nursing home ranked lower in quality and with less well-trained nursing staff than … Continue reading

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Happy Dogmatic New Year’s: Here’s How You Lose Weight

I don’t have any magic bullets on weight loss to show you here, but in the spirit of this blog, I give you some voices from the street. When the topic of weight loss came up in a phone call … Continue reading

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

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 to … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Too Quick to Diagnose Yourself

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 health. … Continue reading

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

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 meeting … Continue reading

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

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 complete … Continue reading

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Screening For Prostate Cancer

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

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 parcel … Continue reading

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Gay Conversion Therapy with Electric Shock, and Chronic Pain