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50 Years of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

50 Years of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

In 1969, at a workshop about women’s bodies and health in the Boston area, 12 women met to discuss their experiences with doctors. As they talked, they realized commonality in their stories. First, all of the women shared that they had felt ignored or dismissed during their interactions with physicians and second, all noticed that they didn’t...

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Not Again! H3N2 Flu Virus

Not Again! H3N2 Flu Virus

Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

If you had the flu in 2017, you know what the influenza A H3N2 virus feels like.  Australia had a bad round of H3N2 flu this year and often the Northern Hemisphere follows the same trend. What to do? Get the flu shot! So many people say that they get the flu shot but still get the flu. It is true that the vaccine has only a 40 to 60 percent effectiveness...

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Spin in Health News

Spin in Health News

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

According to research from the Pew Research Center, 68 percent of adults in the US get their news online on social media.  Yet news, whether online or from traditional outlets, can be misleading. Spin is the term used to describe a slant in the way information is presented. Unfortunately, many journalists rely on press releases in their writing and story...

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Trouble Getting Medical Records?

Trouble Getting Medical Records?

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

The US Federal Government has an Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology and nine years ago, Regina Holliday provided testimony at a workshop – the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup. This testimony described the harrowing experience of a patient with kidney cancer,...

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What Can Hospitals Do Better?

What Can Hospitals Do Better?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

In March of this year, Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at Yale School of Medicine, asked this question on Twitter. I am curious to know from patients…esp those recently in the hospital…what do you wish we did better? What were the most obvious ways that quality could be improved. Throughout hospitalization & in the transition home. We should...

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Ozone – The Good and the Bad and the Ugly News for Lungs

Ozone – The Good and the Bad and the Ugly News for Lungs

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

Smoking is the number one cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema. But nonsmokers have been diagnosed with it more and more frequently. Why? The answer may be ozone. Good Versus Bad Ozone You remember the hole in the ozone layer. It is not that ozone. Ozone in the stratosphere is good ozone. Over six miles above the ground, ozone...

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Did You Know that Pain Psychologists Exist?

Did You Know that Pain Psychologists Exist?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

Chronic pain is not well understood, especially its mental and emotional facets. That’s why pain psychology as a psychological specialty is so beneficial. Pain psychologists are PhD level clinical psychologists who have completed an APA-accredited post-doctoral fellowship in chronic pain. Pain Sufferers According to a report by the CDC, approximately...

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Why Speaking Up Matters And Why It Is Difficult

Why Speaking Up Matters And Why It Is Difficult

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

Recently researchers added a question to a common survey that patients can complete after they are discharged from the hospital. The question – “How often did you feel comfortable speaking up if you had any problems in your care?” available answers included: “(1) no problems during hospitalization, (2) always felt comfortable...

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Guest Post: Excerpts from “Remnant of My Heart”

Guest Post: Excerpts from “Remnant of My Heart”

Posted by on Jul 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Phantom pain–pain experienced after limb amputation– used to be understood as something “in your head” but now it is recognized as real; fMRIs have shown that peripheral and central nervous system changes occur which cause this pain. The brain image on the left shows how the person with phantom pain has a greater amount of their brain lit up...

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Watch Out: PFAS

Watch Out: PFAS

Posted by on Jul 28, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

When you buy bottled water, you are buying it for its purity compared to water from the tap. But you may be making a mistake. At least that is the case with bottled water that is on the shelves of many stores in the United States. Recently, the Environmental Working Group, a non profit based in Washington, DC released a report naming 610 places in 43 states...

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Diabetes Friendly Recipe: Skillet Steak

Diabetes Friendly Recipe: Skillet Steak

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

If you are looking for something to cook that has pretty easy clean up, try cooking in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron cookware has been around for a long time, since 220 AD. The process of sand casting iron cookware, which makes the cookware thinner was invented in England in 1707. Here is a recipe for your cast iron skillet that is diabetes friendly from...

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