iOS app Android app

Screening

The Beauty of 'Difference'

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Having been catapulted into the world of special needs almost exactly 6 years ago, I have several close friends who have children with DS, and many of them have taken an active and passionate stance against some media's one-sided portrayal of this new test as an unequivocally "good thing."

Bosom Buddies -- The Day Before a Biopsy

Jenn Sutkowski | Posted 01.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jenn Sutkowski

Not the kind of thing you like to see, generally speaking. The document I had to sign that said I would need a biopsy. I signed it while lying on my...

Huge Trial On Ovarian Cancer Screenings Says It Could Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Regular screening for ovarian cancer is not the norm. The American Cancer Society's official stance is that there are "no good tests for finding...

Star Wars: Recycled but Great

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams' Bad Robot Productions felt familiar like an old friend, but one that had done some introspective work and has grown up a bit since we last met. 

'Tis the Season for At-Risk Drinking: A Reminder to Health Care Providers -- Screen, Intervene and Refer

Mona Shattell | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

During the holiday season at-risk alcohol use is common, either because of holiday parties and celebrations or in response to stressors such as grief and loss, depression or financial troubles.

Vetting Syrian Refugees: Mission Impossible

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Abraham R. Wagner

The recent ISIS attacks in Paris and elsewhere has rightfully heightened concern over bringing an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S., and...

Why Being Honest About Drug-Related Risk Might Be the Best Public Health Policy Ever

Adam Winstock | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Adam Winstock

While I understand that drug use for some people is unwise (and best avoided) either because of their age, pre-existing health conditions or other vulnerabilities, the decision to use drugs is one that must always be treated with respect.

New Mammography Recommendations; Fighting Back Against Fear of Cancer

David Ropeik | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

These new recommendations will be surely be controversial. Experts will debate the epidemiological evidence of whether early and more frequent screening save lives. But the real controversy won't be among those experts and it won't be about the facts.

Why Every Man Should Get a Baseline PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer at Age 40

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

We're putting a call-to-action to all men: Get your baseline PSA blood test if you're 40 years or older. But of course, we know most men will not take this initiative, so this is an open letter to all women.

New Studies for an Old Story: Mammography Screening Isn't Saving Lives

Fran Visco | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Visco

We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.

Examining The Annual Exam

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.

Opening Up Pandora's Genetic Box: Should All Women 30 and Over Be Tested for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer?

Sharlene Hesse-Biber | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Opening Pandora's genetic testing box can save the lives of women with hereditary breast cancer, especially those women with little cancer histories. However, doing so comes with a range of caveats, critical issues and a big price tag.

Your Doctor's Knee-Jerk Reflex: How Not to Get Kicked

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Clinical assessment that includes a test of the knee jerk reflex is fine. Clinical decisions driven by it are not, but they too, are out there.

When the Wicked Stepmother Fran Drescher Tells You to Get to Work, Better Listen

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

We all know about the wicked stepmother in the story of Cinderella, and how she orders poor Cinderella to do the cleaning and household chores. The ro...

New Mammography Article Points to the Need for Better Ways to Detect Breast Cancer

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Unfortunately the article, at a glance, may add to the growing perception among journalists, primary care physicians who may not read below the paper's title, and others -- including many ordinary women -- that mammography's effectiveness has been, again, disproved.

Out Damned Spot: What Actor James Rebhorn Says to Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although Lady Macbeth says "out damned spot" probably to a blood stain she thinks she has on her hands, it's a more damned spot when it represents a m...

Recreator Launches Kickstarter to Produce Hemp T-shirts in Downtown L.A.

Ben Droz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Ben Droz

In December at The Cinefamily Theater in Hollywood, a Downtown LA Hemp Apparel Brand and Art-Activist Collective, Recreator, hosted a free screening of the industrial hemp documentary Bringing It Home. They also had a special preview of their Kickstarter Campaign, which they just launched today.

With Fewer Cancer Deaths, What Should You Do Now?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Still the most feared of all diseases, cancer now has some good news. But the responsibility is yours to make sure you are one of the good statistics, not one of the bad ones.

A Call for Clarity on Mammography's Benefits and the Value of Early Detection

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Screening is more accurate and involves less radiation than ever before. Women might be demanding universal access to better, state-of-the-art facilities, rather than shying away from the test.

10 Best New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

New Years, and the time I always resolve to lose more weight, is arriving. Will I once again choose a diet du jour, and try to follow it for a few months, only to slip back into my favorite high calorie snacks and desserts?

Could Your Son be Next?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.24.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Do we really have to trade our dignity for security? The TSA is traumatizing an entire generation of air travelers. What will the TSA do to my son the next time we go through security? What will they do to your son or daughter?

The Five Kinds Of People You Meet At An Airport Screening Area

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.10.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Shouldn't our taxpayer-supported federal screeners be making the process easier instead of harder? At the very least, shouldn't the TSA try to do a better job of telling one group apart from the other?

You'll Never Believe Who's Shilling For The TSA

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.29.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Put differently, the entire display was for show. The TSA could have detonated grenades, set up an archery range, even set off a small nuclear weapon -- it would have been just as meaningful. Or meaningless.

How We Could Screen Airline Passengers

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.25.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

The scanners haven't foiled a single terrorist attack.

Breaking The 'Code Of Silence' At The Airport

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.17.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Why do people keep their mouths closed when they feel violated? A combination of powerful motivators keeps air travelers quiet. Only by understanding these influences can we end them.