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June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 16:13 No Comments

Have you ever watched from inside your body as your vision got rainbow-edged blurry and then narrowed down to a pinpoint so you feared you were going blind? That’s what my migraine aura feels like. And, I am not alone – there are 37 million people in the U.S. who get migraines, too.   Every […]

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National Cancer Survivors’ Day 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013 13:44 No Comments

Today, 14 million American cancer survivors are celebrating that they are living full, productive, and joyful lives after being treated for cancer. Here’s my shout-out to family members and friends who are living fulfilling lives as cancer survivors: My mom, Essie Neff (breast cancer); her brother, Isaiah Share (salivary gland cancer); my cousin Tracy Porter […]

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Safety First: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 18:21 No Comments

I’m sorry that I missed notifying you about Patient Safety Awareness Week 2010, which was 2 weeks ago. PSAW is a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level. The theme this year was “Let’s Talk: Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare.” The National Patient Safety Foundation, which sponsors PSAW, offers […]

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Check It Out — National Women’s Checkup Day

Monday, May 11, 2009 17:42 1 Comment

I just returned from seeing my doctor for an annual physical. When I made my appointment several months ago I didn’t realize that today is the 7th annual National Women’s Checkup Day, the kick-off to National Women’s Health Week ( , an observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on […]

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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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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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