The Medical Marijuana Debate or Do You Need a Reefer?

The debate rages on in the media about the benefits and complications of legalizing medical marijuana. We have seen the long lines in Colorado already for those buying for recreational use. I have never used medically or recreationally but many of my friends and acquaintances have done so. I recently lost my sister-in-law to stage IV breast cancer and I tried to convince her to … Continue reading The Medical Marijuana Debate or Do You Need a Reefer?

HealthGrades Report to the Nation for 2014

I received my notice that the HealthGrades Report on hospital quality outcomes for 2014 was online.  If you are not well versed in the HealthGrades ratings, it may come as a shock that your hospital is not as good as you think it is.  Their hospital rating reports for specific procedures and diagnoses are compiled primarily from Medicare claim data, and it includes all hospitals … Continue reading HealthGrades Report to the Nation for 2014

Influences and Perceptions: How our intuitions deceive us

Why is it that I believe certain truisms? Did I learn them as a child or was I taught by the television ad? We are much more likely to believe an anecdote or story than we are to believe the scientific evidence. Mothers that believe they know the cause of a child’s illness are unlikely to be swayed by hundreds of scientific studies that say … Continue reading Influences and Perceptions: How our intuitions deceive us

Marijuana Laws Collide

The media is finally addressing one of the most important and interesting societal changes happening in our country today.  When we are not reading about the violence our society has encountered, the whole world is changing its mind about marijuana. Just last month Dr Sanjay Gupta, medical expert for CNN, broadcast his special about “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed”. Conservative Senator John McCain … Continue reading Marijuana Laws Collide

You May Know One, You May Work For One or You May Be One: The Bosshole!

From the Urban Dictionary: an employer of a particularly evil nature, completely devoid of empathy or concern for anyone else, the deadly hybrid of boss and asshole. In this enlightened time, when we speak fervently about leadership skills and innovation, it is improbable that bossholes still exist. We do know that this is not a genetic trait but learned. No MRI or research is going … Continue reading You May Know One, You May Work For One or You May Be One: The Bosshole!

Do You Shop Your Diagnosis Until The Doctor Tells You What You Want To Hear?

We all can tell stories about the visit to the doctor’s office. It was too crowded. I had to wait too long. The Doctor was insensitive to my complaints. I left feeling confused. A friend recently described what the impending physician visit entailed: three days of surfing the internet until she had diagnosed her complaint, 1 hour travel to the doctor, 1 hour wait to … Continue reading Do You Shop Your Diagnosis Until The Doctor Tells You What You Want To Hear?

Can Brain Scans Become the new EKGs for Mental Illness?

In the last few weeks the online and print communities have been touting neuroimaging research. Every disease of the brain, as well as some normal functions, are finding their way through the newest and greatest of fMRI, MRI, and PET. Recent studies for depression, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s are reporting findings that help identify different parts of the brain where the disease resides … Continue reading Can Brain Scans Become the new EKGs for Mental Illness?

The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging

If you have been a patient in any health care situation recently, you have experienced a denial of some type of medical care.  It could have been a procedure that was not approved, a diagnostic test that someone determined was not necessary, or more likely a medication that was not on your approved list. Health care is changing rapidly and even though you have not … Continue reading The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging

Supreme Court Rules Natural Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

Genetic testing won in the Supreme Court decision yesterday. The patented genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 held by Myriad Genetics was thrown out opening the door for other companies to develop the testing.  Several companies have announced they will be bringing a less expensive test to market after yesterday’s decision. This ends a two decade monopoly by Myriad Genetics. The American Medical Association brought the … Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Natural Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

Boom or Bust: Has Radiologic Technology Employment Seen It’s Day?

Do you have a job? Or are you one of the many, either experienced or newly graduated, who cannot find employment? Visit any of the social media websites such as LinkedIn or the chat rooms and blogs at various sites and you will find many examples of wailing and gnashing of teeth of radiologic technologists. Radiologic Technologists have stories of being replaced by new graduates … Continue reading Boom or Bust: Has Radiologic Technology Employment Seen It’s Day?