Category Archives: medicine

changes in mammogram screening – here we go again

As a follow up to my post yesterday on dense breasts, the US Preventative Services Task Force issued draft recommendations on Monday for mammogram screening. The panel recommended that while routine screening brings little benefit to women in their 40’s, … Continue reading

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You Have Dense Breasts. Now What?

Last week, Kaiser Health News shed the light on a little known law that requires women who have undergone a routine screening mammogram to be notified if they have “dense breasts”.  Written by Barbara Feder Ostrov, the article titled “So You … Continue reading

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Grading your doctor/hospital may be killing you

The Atlantic recently released an article “The Problem With Satisfied Patients” written by Alexandra Robbins covering the idea that patient satisfaction should be used as a indicator of health care quality.  In the era of increasing focus on “patient centered … Continue reading

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Elmo knows to just “Shake It Off” when it comes to vaccines

I posted this video to Facebook the other day, but felt the need to put it on the blog as well.  This adorable video features Elmo and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy talking about the importance of vaccination, and for all you … Continue reading

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People readily demonstrate a willingness to sacrifice their safety and survival for the sake of something beyond themselves, such as family, country, or justice.   ~Atul Gawade in Being Mortal

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The progress of medicine and public health has been an incredible boon – people get to live longer, healthier, more productive lives than ever before.  Yet traveling along these altered paths, we regard living in the downhill stretches with a … Continue reading

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Government and the exam room

While the US headlines have been largely dominated by “religious freedom” laws, there have been a few states that are pushing regulations that affect patients and physicians.  Just last week, two bills were introduced – one in Arizona and one … Continue reading

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