Transgender Identity Crisis: Theirs or OURS?

The year 2015 was a banner year for advances in transgender visibility. Caitlyn Jenner came out as a woman starring on the cover of the magazine Vanity Fair. TLC premiered a reality show based on following 14 year old Jazz in her daily life as a Florida trans teen. Amazon won a Golden Globe for Transparent a show about the metamorphous of an AARP-card-carrying father … Continue reading Transgender Identity Crisis: Theirs or OURS?

Uberizing Healthcare: Bringing Back the House Call?

This new term, “uberizing” or “uberization”, has many different meanings. As I see the term used in articles, blogs, and ads it seems to have different interpretations. But, specifically, it should mean on-demand at-home care delivery. Will this bring back the house call? Those of us familiar with the Uber principle of transportation find that it has many advantages over the utilization of a rent … Continue reading Uberizing Healthcare: Bringing Back the House Call?

Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?

The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die

“Jimmy Clark figures he has only so much time left, maybe five years in a best-case scenario, less than two if things go south quick. He’s trying to stay positive, knocking things off his bucket list, but he knows the deterioration that comes with ALS portends a gradual loss of the ability to speak, move, eat, and breathe. Clark, a 59-year-old Texarkana retailer, wants to … Continue reading The “Right-To-Try” Before I Die

Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?

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

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!

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?