health & medicine

Tired

by meanlouise March 23, 2010 medicine

Tired isn’t a word I use lightly. For years I worked a full time job while getting a few degrees, then teaching as an adjunct professor, sometimes supervising student clubs, and also, you know, having a life. I’d race around the office all day long, then grade papers, then lecture for two and a half […]

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I (sort of, somewhat, maybe, a little bit) stand corrected

by meanlouise September 23, 2009 food and drink

As it turns out, the dubious claims about the effects of eliminating stone fruits from your child’s diet (or maybe adding more of them to their diet. whatever) seem to have their roots in a respectable – or at least, not totally insane – diet known as the Feingold Program.* I haven’t done a lot […]

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I'm going to hell, I hope they serve tater tots

by meanlouise September 21, 2009 food and drink

You know who annoys me more than newly converted Jesus freaks? Newly converted dieters. Today I was just trying to go to CVS to get some Tylenol when I was pounced on by “nutritional consultants” handing out samples of some new pom-soy-who knows what “nutrition” bar. I declined and said, “I’d rather just eat the […]

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President Obama will be going door-to-door harvesting your organs to give poor people who're just too lazy to work

by meanlouise July 24, 2009 politics

I’ve been trapped in a RightWing news bubble all week hearing hysterical shrieking about the evils of healthcare reform. Thank the gods for Lewis Black. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Back in Black – Health Care Reform www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Joke of the Day

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the last thing I have to say about the flu (for now)

by meanlouise December 12, 2008 medicine

So I tweeted about the number of people I’ve encountered recently who either have no understanding of basic science or are just plain stupid about some of the ways humans (and other animals) can get sick. What set me off most recently was a so-called health care professional who was holding forth about how influenza […]

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adventures in ethics

by meanlouise November 23, 2008 medicine

An influential psychiatrist who was the host of the popular NPR program “The Infinite Mind” earned at least $1.3 million from 2000 to 2007 giving marketing lectures for drugmakers, income not mentioned on the program. What could possibly go wrong with that? Or with this: Dr. Goodwin’s weekly radio programs have often touched on subjects […]

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Prescription Drug Management

by meanlouise August 5, 2008 medicine

Although I’ve been on what amounts to the injured-reserve list for Serious Academic Researchers, I follow developments in my fields, particularly medical ethics and technology. While the August 4th Washington Post article, “Prescription Data Used To Assess Consumers – Records Aid Insurers but Prompt Privacy Concerns” contained no new information for me, it reminded me […]

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I'm willing to believe anything I read

by meanlouise July 2, 2008 food and drink

Mice given the equivalent of six to eight cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop a disease similar to multiple sclerosis, a study found. Researchers hope this could lead to new ways to prevent MS in humans. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal reported that the caffeine appeared to […]

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concierge medicine

by meanlouise May 1, 2004 medicine

None of my doctors accept or file insurance, although I get reimbursed by my insurer without any problems. These practices have fee schedules, same day appointments, use email, and assure the patient a 30, 60 or 90 minute appointment. These are not concierge practices, thankfully. It terrifies me to think about the ripple effect that […]

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um, duh?

by meanlouise April 12, 2004 medicine

Docs, Nurses Misjudge Late Nausea After Chemo. Now’s a perfect time to mention a couple of Zoe’s clients, the Pain Relief Network and Americans for Safe Access.

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