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Does spinal fusion surgery benefit the doctor more than the patient?

An article on the front page of the Washington Post, Spinal fusions serve as case study for debate over when certain surgeries are necessary, captured my attention this morning. I’m excited to see that the mainstream media is reporting on the issue of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and this article is one of a series of […]

This Doctor Is Listening

I was fortunate that a friend told me about Dr. Leana Wen’s presentation¬†at a local library so I could hear her speak in person. She began by telling us the stories of two people. Jerry was a car mechanic in his late 40’s who went to the ER with chest pain. Actually, the rest of […]

About talking with your doctor

Tonight I’m going to a presentation being given by one of the authors on my books page, Dr. Leana Wen. What I like about Dr. Wen’s book, When Doctors Don’t Listen:¬† How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, is that she and co-author Joshua Kosowsky, M.D. give suggestions for how we can better communicate with […]

About glucosamine & chondroiton and puppies . . .

Yesterday morning on NPR’s Morning Edition they talked about how Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin. Have you noticed that more and more, studies show that exercise is more effective than supplements? I think it’s sad when we spend so much effort analyzing how we should exercise to the point where we […]

Turtles, birds, bears and breast cancer . . .

This morning as I was reading the health section in the Washington Post I was squirming and fidgeting in excitement. The article, My doctor told me to get a routine mammogram. Here’s why I won’t by Christie Aschwanden, included a description by Barnett Kramer, director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Prevention, about […]

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