Archive for March, 2009

Allergy Awareness

Monday, March 30, 2009 4:50 No Comments

Do you have a life-threatening allergy to anything? I mean stuff like peanuts, or penicillin, red ant or bee stings, or carrots? Yes, carrots. More on that later. If you have such an allergy, you have probably been told that you are at risk of anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may […]

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Dedicated to My Dad

Thursday, March 26, 2009 14:57 No Comments

Today is March 26. My father, Leonard Neff, the original empowered health care consumer, died 3 years ago today of pancreatic cancer. But he successfully fought, and won, against previous diagnoses of lung cancer and prostate cancer. Despite being a physician who should have known better, Dad wasn’t so great at taking care of his […]

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21st Annual Diabetes Alert Day

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 20:41 No Comments

Today is American Diabetes Alert Day. This one-day, “wake-up” call is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, also known as sugar disease. Nearly 24 million children and adults in the U.S have diabetes — but one of four people (5.7 million) who have it don’t […]

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Who lives?

Monday, March 23, 2009 3:27 No Comments

For my readers in Los Angeles,  I recommend attending a thought-provoking play produced by Lori Hartwell and the Renal Support Network in honor of National Kidney Month. The plot unfolds in 1963, when kidney dialysis was first being introduced in Seattle, and there weren’t enough dialysis machines for all the people who needed them. The […]

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Beware the killer cell phone

Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:34 No Comments

Next time you have an appointment for a physical examination, you might want to ask your doctor when she last disinfected her cell phone. Researchers swabbed 200 cell phones owned by physicians, nurses and other health care staff at a major hospital in Turkey for bacterial contamination. One of every four phones were contaminated with […]

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Welcome to “Get the Health Care You Deserve”

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 0:20 1 Comment

The health care system in the United States is broken and needs to be fixed. But the fixing process is likely to take a long time. With the best will in the world, vested interests will put obstacles in the way of substantive change to the U.S. health care system. You can maximize your ability […]

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