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Plan…C?

The U.S. Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius, just overruled the FDA and decided to keep morning-after contraception (“Plan B”) accessible to girls younger than 17 by prescription only.  The FDA had recommended, in a split vote, to make the agent … Continue reading

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Vice Versa… (responding to the October snow storm aftermath in verse)

After the storm… …something insists I fill the space with words   an epitaph                       a eulogy   for death   has spread a table in my yard              mauled the magnolia              left beaten   branches bent           in  disregarded prayer              needing only … Continue reading

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IOM Report On Nutrition Guidance: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly

A committee commissioned by the Institute of Medicine, with backing by the CDC, the FDA, and the USDA, just released its report on front-of-pack nutrition guidance.  The recommendations are good in that they may help prevent the food industry from … Continue reading

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PSA: Yea, or nay?

I support the recommendation of the US Preventive Services Task Force against routine use of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer.  For the reasons why, see: “PSA“

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My ‘Academy’ Award!

The 2011 annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association- FNCE (Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo) opened 2 days ago in San Diego.  At the opening session, the in-coming president announced that after 100 years, the Association was changing its … Continue reading

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September 11th: Reflecting Back, Looking Ahead

We are ten years out from the September 11th that changed so much, and remembrance of it prevails throughout the land, as well it should.  With so much reflection devoted to the topic, it is tempting to devote this column … Continue reading

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Getting to ‘YOU-Centered’ Medical Decisions, with Help from Your Inner Statistician

I have recently contributed two blogs about medical decision-making to the Huffington Post.  Read in sequence, this one, and this one, are intended to help get you from ‘test-centered’ medical evaluation, to ‘you-centered’ evaluation- which is much better. There is- … Continue reading

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