If, like me, you’re interested in science and putting a little more “evidence-based” into your health, check out by Dr. Joe Schwarcz. Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life
Dr. Schwarcz, a chemist as well as a radio host and a best-selling author, brings some much-needed attention to the overabundance of health information found on the internet and in the media.
As he says …
read on A few weeks ago I posted about some simple ways to deal with stress and panic attacks, and I mentioned that I had received an adult coloring book from a friend and thought it was a great way to focus and relax my mind.
Apparently other people think so, too!
I just read this article in
The Atlantic: The Zen of Adult Coloring Books
Several trend pieces about adult
A few months ago I posted about
CYA—Cover Your Ass—medicine being one reason why too many diagnostic tests are ordered and health care costs are high.
CYA medicine is when the doctor or doctors are pretty sure what your problem is, but they order extra scans and x-rays and blood tests anyway because “failure to diagnose” is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice suits. They aren’t going to …
Since 1995 the third week in October has been designated National Health Education Week.
In honor of that, and being an advocate of empowering patients to make more informed health care decisions—and save money along the way—I’m posting a list of some of my favorite health care books.
read on Change your outlook, change your life
Do you think of yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? Or, like me, a hybrid of the two (hope for the best, but plan for the worst)?
I just finished reading
by Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, and found it an engaging look at how our outlook can drive our behaviors toward better or … Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging read on
My husband sent me a link to a short Ted Talks video about aging. After watching it, I’m wondering if I’ve been going about aging the wrong way.
The video is about an inspiring woman, Olga Kotelko, who took up amateur track and field at the age of 77. At age 91, she was competing in the long jump! She had more than 50 world records!
How did she think …
read on There is a new book I can’t wait to read: The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins.
The author wrote
a preview of the book for Politico this week.
If you want to know what’s really happening in a medical building, don’t ask a doctor. Instead, turn to the best-informed, hardest-working and savviest professionals in health care: Nurses.
A friend of mine who is an avid reader of both
The New Yorker and my blog sent me the following link: Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
The author is Atul Gawande, MD, one of my favorite surgeon/writers. It’s a long article, but if you are interested in saving money on your health care (and possibly …
read on I’ve been AWOL on the blog for a couple of weeks because my 93-year-old father has been hospitalized with multiple health issues. Each day brings us a mixed bag of improvement and decline.
As a family, we are in agreement that we don’t want Dad to suffer. We don’t want him to linger with a low quality of life. Although he is confused and unable to communicate with us, we …
I read a lot of medical and nursing history, and I loved the Pulitzer-prize winning book
“Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD.
And I love the PBS films by Ken Burns, such as
and The Civil War . Baseball
So I was excited to find out that Ken Burns has produced a new PBS documentary based on the book. The six-hour special,
Emperor … read on