Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds

“Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds,” The New York Times, Jan. 5, 2016.

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen by an estimated 15 million since 2013, thanks largely to the Affordable Care Act. But a new survey, the first detailed study of Americans struggling with medical bills, shows that insurance often . . . → Read More: Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds

The Lives They Lived: Lisa Bonchek Adams

“The Lives They Lived: Lisa Bonchek Adams,” by Elizabeth Weil, The New York Times, Dec. 23, 2015.

She taught us how to die.

Death presents a problem every time. Everybody’s a rookie, everybody’s afraid.

Lisa Bonchek Adams typed her way unto the breach. A realist, an atheist and not at all sappy, she detested the . . . → Read More: The Lives They Lived: Lisa Bonchek Adams

Being happy does not help you live longer

“*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer,” New Scientist, Dec. 10, 2015.

The power of positive thinking has passed into folklore, helping to fuel a large self-help industry – not to mention people who like to post “inspirational” quotes on social media.

Some cancer bloggers complain that common advice to “fight” their . . . → Read More: Being happy does not help you live longer

The Hottest New Cancer Drugs Depend on Gut Microbes

“The Hottest New Cancer Drugs Depend on Gut Microbes,” The Atlantic, Nov. 5, 2015.

Immunotherapy doesn’t work for everyone, and a series of new studies might explain why.

Few recent developments have created more excitement in the world of cancer research than the rise of immunotherapy. After decades of frustration, scientists have finally found . . . → Read More: The Hottest New Cancer Drugs Depend on Gut Microbes

A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’

“A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification,’” by Gina Kolata, The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2015.

The White House went pink this month, awash for a night in rose-colored light. Delta Air Lines painted a huge pink ribbon on one of its planes, dressed flight attendants in pink and has been selling pink lemonade to . . . → Read More: A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’

Health News Review Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley on Overdiagnosis

“Podcast: Pathologic profiling – Dr. Otis Brawley on cancer overdiagnosis” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

It its 5th in a series of podcasts on overdiagnosis, Health News Review publisher Gary Schwitzer speaks with chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley.

The in-depth interview was a refreshing break from usual discussions . . . → Read More: Health News Review Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley on Overdiagnosis

Breast cancer patients share DNA data

“Breast cancer patients share DNA data,” The Boston Globe, Oct. 28, 2015.

Accessing an untapped data source — the DNA of metastatic patients.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project — a collaboration of the Broad, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School, launched this month, asks individuals who have been diagnosed with metastatic breast . . . → Read More: Breast cancer patients share DNA data

Health News Review Interview with Dr. Laura Esserman on Rethinking DCIS

“DCIS dilemma: Dr. Laura Esserman podcast” by Gary Schwitzer, Health News Review.

When a recent article on “Breast Cancer Mortality After a Diagnosis of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ” was published in JAMA Oncology, Dr. Laura Esserman, a surgeon and breast cancer specialist at the University of California San Francisco, co-authored an editorial, “Rethinking the Standard . . . → Read More: Health News Review Interview with Dr. Laura Esserman on Rethinking DCIS

Cancer Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45

“Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45,” by Rob Stein, NPR, Oct. 20, 2015.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) released a new set of guidelines for mammography screening for women at average risk for breast cancer. The guidelines, published in JAMA, are a slight change from the position the society has held for . . . → Read More: Cancer Group Now Says Most Mammograms Can Wait Till 45

Forum: On Caregiving

“Forum: On Caregiving,” by Arthur Kleinman, Harvard Magazine, July-August 2010.

A scholar experiences the moral acts that come before—and go beyond—modern medicine.

Caregiving is not easy. It consumes time, energy, and financial resources. It sucks out strength and determination. It turns simple ideas of efficacy and hope into big question marks. It can amplify anguish . . . → Read More: Forum: On Caregiving

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