Category Archives: Life Sciences

On Compassion

Dov Michaeli Posted 5/12/13 on The Doctor Weighs In For Joel Klepper, who can do it all My friend’s son, Joel Klepper, a student at the University of Oregon, sent his father a summary of a talk by the Dalai … Continue reading

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On Seeing The Dalai Lama

Joel Klepper Brian’s Note: My son Joel is a 34 year old 2nd-round student studying conflict resolution at Portland State University in Oregon. On Saturday, he went to an all day event that featured the Dalai Lama. Here is his … Continue reading

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Is Genomic Medicine Clinically Useful Yet?

Brian Klepper Posted 7/16/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost The news of my wife Elaine’s primary peritoneal cancer 27 months ago began a fevered effort to learn all we could about her disease and our options. Peritoneal cancer, which is close … Continue reading

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Cancer Survivor on N-of-One’s Direct-to-Patient Ombudsman Model

Kevin Davies Posted 5/31/12 on Bio-IT World The long-term success of N-of-One, a Waltham Mass.-based company offering personalized cancer information, will undoubtedly be shaped by the vision of its newly appointed CEO, Christine Cournoyer, and strategic partnerships with companies like … Continue reading

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Second Opinions: How Should You Choose?

Dov Michaeli Posted 5/9/12 on The Doctor Weighs In I have frequently been asked to render judgment on another doctor’s diagnosis, or treatment plan. Other times I am asked anxiously: “should I get a second opinion”? The implicit assumption in … Continue reading

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You Seem Distracted: The Effects of Loss

Dov Michaeli Posted 5/2/12 on The Doctor Weighs In We all know the feeling; we experience something terribly unpleasant, such as loss in of a friend or a family member, betrayal by a spouse or a close friend, significant loss of … Continue reading

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Is Sugar Carcinogenic?

Dov Michaeli Posted 4/30/12 on The Doctor Weighs In Last Sunday on his show on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed pediatrician, Dr. Robert Lustig, who made the assertion that sugar is toxic, and probably carcinogenic. This attention-grabbing statement had earned … Continue reading

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Six Ways to Save One Trillion Dollars

George Lundberg, MD Published 4/23/2012 on MedPage Today http://www.medpagetoday.com/mediaplayer-licensed-viral/player-licensed-viral.swf

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The FDA Fails to Stop Deceptive Dementia Drug Advertising

Kenneth Lin Posted 3/27/12 on The American Family Physician Community Blog In the March 15, 2011 issue of American Family Physician, Drs. Mark Graber, Robert Dachs, and Andrea Darby-Stewart analyzed an industry-funded trial that compared the effects of two daily doses of the … Continue reading

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Vitamin E Supplements May be Hazardous to Bone Health

Dov Michaeli Posted 4/2/12 on The Doctor Weighs In Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that has antioxidant properties. It is present in vegetable oils (safflower, sunflower, corn, soybean), nuts (almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts), sunflower seeds, and green leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli). … Continue reading

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Will the Quantified Self Movement Take Off in Health Care?

Kent Bottles Posted 4/02/12 on Kent Bottles Private Views “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Lord Kelvin “Asking science to explain life and vital matters is equivalent to asking a grammarian to explain poetry.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb Of course … Continue reading

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Exercise, Diabetes, Cancer and Autophagy: A Fascinating Connection

Dov Michaeli Posted 3/27/12 on The Doctor Weighs In I can already see the yawn forming: exercise again? we know it; it’s good for you, it makes you feel better because of endorphins, it makes your cardiovascular function better because … Continue reading

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Bariatric Surgery To Cure Diabetes: 2 Compelling Studies But There Are Still 4 Reasons For Health Skepticism

Jaan Sidorov Posted 3/27/12 on The Disease Management Care Blog Mrs. Jones (name changed) was obese. Her weight remained persistently high despite education and entreaties about diet and exercise. She hated taking all those medications. She dreaded bathing suits. And … Continue reading

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Surgery Trumps Intensive Medical Therapy for Obese Diabetics

Patricia Salber Posted 3/26/12 on The Doctor Weighs In Two back-to-back articles in the March 26, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine show bariatric surgery to be more effective than intensive medical therapy when it comes to … Continue reading

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The Amazing Journey of the Lowly Aspirin

Dov Michaeli There are few stories in the annals of medicine that can rival the rise of aspirin from an obscure chemical to the status of something akin to a folk hero (well, at least among medical history buffs). And … Continue reading

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