Despite a sleepy, Mayberry sort of image, the realities of small-town life can take an outsize toll on the vulnerable. A combination of lower incomes, greater isolation, family issues and health problems can lead people to be consumed by day-to-day struggles.READ ARTICLE
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Cosmopolitan, October 2015
“As many as 30 percent of gynecological patients overall are suffering severe, recurring period pain, according to a study released in August. And when symptoms are treated, the standard advice has changed little in three decades. It is one of the most significant health problems for which there is almost no public discussion and little research.
We live in the era of super-gonorrhea. Drug-resistant gonococci that had been breeding in Asian nations are now spreading to such an extent that the World Health Organization has declared gonorrhea a global concern and warned that without new drugs, infections may one day become untreatable.
“This is clearly a superbug,” says Peter Leone, M.D., an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina.READ THE ARTICLE
Eating Well, May 2015
Rather than negating the value of veggies, the underlying message is: you can’t count on easy, singular solutions. Just like the disease itself, diet advice is complicated. While experts still say plants are a major part of an overall pattern of eating that your body prefers, they now recognize that what you’re not having when you help yourself to broccoli may be as important as eating the vegetable itself.
O Magazine, February, 2015
“A woman saying she doesn’t want a mammogram is being wrongly interpreted as though she doesn’t care about her body or her health,” says leading breast cancer expert Susan Love, MD, founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Love, 66, who herself gets screened every two years, isn’t against mammograms, but she is among a growing group of doctors at the forefront of breast cancer prevention and research who are backing away from the one-size-fits-all guidelines. Instead of asking a woman when she wants to schedule a mammogram, says Love, doctors need to ask whether she wants one to begin with.
No one doubts that chikungunya is making its way, person by person, to the United States; more than 12 million Americans visit the Caribbean each year, and so far dozens bearing chikungunya have returned to Indiana, Florida, and other states. Given air travel patterns and mosquito concentrations, a study in June put the entire East Coast, from New York City southward, at risk. If an outbreak doesn’t arise from the blood of an infected traveler, the virus could simply travel up through Central America and Mexico.READ THE ARTICLE
AWARD WINNERIt does sound promising: precision machines displacing fallible human beings, operating in the most sensitive areas. But a growing number of practitioners–and patients like Whitlow—worry that the robot revolution came before the advantages were proven, and that marketing, not medicine, has led the charge. Others question whether the astronomical price of these robots (ultimately added to your rising insurance premium) justifies their uncertain benefits in an era of runaway health care costs.
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Cosmopolitan, March 2014
So why aren’t people clamoring for an anticancer shot? Because somewhere on the road to disease prevention, the HPV vaccine came to embody everything that’s wrong with America, at least in some circles — premarital promiscuity, Big Pharma greed, and government control. “The vaccine acquired this kind of identity as an STD shot for young girls,” says Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School. Meanwhile, unfounded rumors about the shot’s safety and effectiveness have spread. Not the lifesaving image developers envisioned.
On February 2, 2013, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history was gunned down at point-blank range, apparently by a troubled soldier he was trying to help. As Eddie Routh heads to trial, we begin to see that there may have been an unwitting accomplice: our broken VA medical system.READ THE ARTICLE
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Scientists have discovered that fat, bone marrow and other parts of the body contain stem cells, immature cells that can rejuvenate themselves, at least in the tissue they are naturally found. But it has yet to be proved that these cells can regenerate no matter where they are placed, or under what conditions this might occur. Moreover, questions about safety remain unanswered. These sober realities do not appear to have slowed the rise of an international industry catering to customers who may pay tens of thousands of dollars in cash for their shot at a personal miracle. (Some foreign operators offer creative variations on the theme, like cells from sharks and sheep.)READ ARTICLE