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Weighing Risks and Benefits on an FDA Advisory Committee

March 21, 2017
Weighing Risks and Benefits on an FDA Advisory Committee

More than 400 pages of medical research, 11 hours of testimony and a blizzard in March. Welcome to my first FDA Advisory hearing!

Lessons For the Future, From 60 Years Ago

March 7, 2017
Lessons For the Future, From 60 Years Ago

The tragedy of DES began 60 years ago as pregnant women took the synthetic estrogen that had dangerous side effects. But lessons have been learned.

What’s Wrong with Drug Importation?

February 22, 2017
What's Wrong with Drug Importation?

Allowing drug importation from Canada will not only save money, but lives as well.

Best Case, Worst Case: Shared Decision-Making in Health Decisions

February 7, 2017
Best Case, Worst Case: Shared Decision Making in Health Decisions

When deciding whether or not to have surgery, a patient’s preference should become part of the decision. Surgeons should be trained how to present options.

Listen When Your Body Speaks

January 31, 2017
Listen When Your Body Speaks

Just under a year ago, my shoulder started hurting when I moved my arm in a particular way. It felt like I’d overstretched a muscle while sleeping on my side. I work out with a trainer, so I told him about the pain (discomfort, really) and my thoughts about what Continue Reading →

Finding Your Own Path to Health

January 17, 2017

I don’t have bronchiectasis. By the end of reading Beating BronchiectasisBeating Bronchiectasis, I still didn’t have a clear understanding of it, only that it is a progressive disease that damages lungs to the point of death. None of that matters because Beating Bronchiectasis is not about the disease, Continue Reading →

What Actually Works in Fighting a Cold or Flu?

January 11, 2017
What Actually Works in Fighting a Cold or Flu?

Drug store shelves are filled with an overwhelming number of remedies to treat the cold or flu. But which ones actually work?