I won’t give up…

My child is a wizard…and a dragon rider…and a super hero.  He can play all these games with such agility that it boggles my mind.  So today when s/he asked me to join… Continue reading

A Few Health Funnies For 2013

1)2)3) HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

$375 Billion Worth of Value: Family Caregivers

“There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Rosalyn Carter First… Continue reading

Random Notes After Tragedy

1)  I haven’t brought myself to write about the horrible event in Connecticut.  We’ve kept our young one ignorant of what happened. 2)  I received this from a friend and felt I should… Continue reading

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Originally posted on Donna Peach:
 killing innocents / senseless no matter the age / or the time of year ♦ ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦   5…

Guardian Angels and Mental Health

Late January I’m reminded of the time I taught an introductory course in persuasion at a nearby university.  I don’t know why, but a significant number of seniors filled out the roster.  Challenging… Continue reading

The New Patient Advocate: Sean Ahrens and Crohnology

We don’t really think about our gastro intestinal system until we’re hungry or we get a stomach bug.  With a stomach bug, the pain, diarrhea, lethargy, and other symptoms make life miserable.  Imagine… Continue reading

Giving Back One Telemedicine Backpack at a Time

During a disaster, infrastructure, like electricity, water, roads and communication, may be damaged or destroyed.   Large crowds of people are in critical need. “Help can’t get to them and they can’t get to… Continue reading

Every Human Has Rights!

Over the past 8 years, Nicholas Marshall Cooper has been actively involved in making the connection between human rights and health, and translating public health science into rights-based action.  This post is a… Continue reading

Good news on Metastases Research!

Just a short note “quote”… The Answer to How Breast Cancer Invades Bone Researchers recently solved the mystery of how breast cancer takes root in the bone. Now, the discovery has led to… Continue reading

Are Patient Communities an Effective Way to Deliver Care?

Are Patient Communities an Effective Way to Deliver Care? That was the question debated at the 2012 Connected Health Symposium on October 25.  Two physicians, Dr. Andrew Watson, Surgeon and Medical Director for… Continue reading

Alone Together: Sherry Turkle

On “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” Paula Poundstone describes her view of the neighborhood playground. Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me Radio Show October 6, 2012 Transcript Right now, panel, time for you to… Continue reading

Sobering and Scary

Monday October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy struck the Eastern Seaboard. As it moved inland it hit two winter weather systems creating what has been called a hybrid monster storm.  As of November 3rd… Continue reading

Skinny Jeans and Menstrual Apps

Susannah Fox speaks about her mentor, visionary physician, Tom Ferguson, with fondness.  As early as 1975, Dr. Ferguson was writing and advocating empowerment for patients.  In 1987 he began providing online health resources.… Continue reading

Bed Rest versus Family Survival

Language matters.  So when we talk about changing a discussion of “Women’s Health” to “Women and Health,” we aren’t being tedious.  We are being profound.* “Women and Health” is a phrase that recognizes the roles of… Continue reading

Autumn

by Kathleen Hoffman

World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10th, is also World Mental Health Day.  “Mental illness affects all of us, but there are still many myths and misconceptions about these disorders,” Rosalynn Carter, Founder Carter Center’s Mental Health… Continue reading

“Great Things Are Possible”

Ask a scholar of human rights a seemingly innocuous question and suddenly you are transported into another world.  As Nicholas Cooper observes,  “People in United States are more familiar with civil rights language,… Continue reading

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Originally posted on MBCNbuzz:
by Holly Raby, guest blogger Spoiler alert- I’m going to reveal one of the latest Facebook games going around! In past years, women have been asked to update their…

E-Patient Advocacy for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Annette McKinnon

Annette McKinnon is happy with the care she gets as a Canadian citizen. “Our healthcare system covers everyone. We all pay through taxes but all are in the group.  Doctors visits, physicals, imaging,… Continue reading

Marijuana and Brain Development

How does one take the leap from this clip to marijuana use?  Crush’s description of Marlin’s journey through the “jellies” seems to be  the view of many  toward marijuana.  Laughing off “smoking a… Continue reading

The Change We Need: Avoiding Harm in Hospitals

I first posted this on OccupyHealthcare September 10,2012. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently published a substantial report on the healthcare system in the US.  According to the report, in the US 1/3 of patients are… Continue reading

“It’s the Neighborhood, St***d”

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein A study just published in the September 20 issue of Science gives a whole new meaning to… Continue reading

How An Adult With Low Literacy Experiences the Healthcare System according to Peter Morrison

The term “health literacy” has been around for at least 15 years but headway in understanding it and implementing tools to address it is relatively recent.  Low health literacy occurs in those who… Continue reading

How-to Health Communication: Crisis Public Relations and the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation

Crisis communication has to be a part of any organization’s make-up.  Why? The same reason the words “I’m sorry” are part of human vocabulary:  humans make mistakes.  Being able to effectively deal with… Continue reading

Making a World of Difference: Climate Change and Public Health

“It is an overwhelmingly popular misconception that climate change isn’t occurring or is a natural phenomenon.  While some change is due to a natural progression, we can see that increases in temperatures are… Continue reading

Responding to Komen’s New Awareness

MBNCBuzz just posted this advertisement by the Komen Foundation.  It is the first time that the Komen Foundation has acknowledged metastatic breast cancer, Stage IV, in a marketing campaign. The irony that Susan Komen died… Continue reading

Parents Take Notice: Seclusion Rooms

This is beyond disturbing. Does anyone from the school(s) explain the length of time rationale? I mean, don’t get me wrong…the padded room is ridiculous enough, but more alarming is the length of… Continue reading

Patient Safety: Costs in Healthcare

For many years my mother worked part-time in a hospital in North Carolina in quality.  In researching cost and quality issues, she found that a significant amount of money and time was spent… Continue reading

To your health: Music!

I’ve been singing something a lot lately.  It’s silly really but it makes me feel better, keeps me going, even gives me courage… why does this little ditty work? Or why do I… Continue reading

Amazing Gratitude

I feel lucky when I find amazing quotations…. “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and… Continue reading

Cancer Language: Erasing Reality

culture:  the integrated pattern of human behavior that includes thought, speech, action, and artifacts and depends upon the human capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations  Merriam-Websters. The first  Sunday in… Continue reading

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood… Where you live can affect your health in ways you might not be aware of.  So says a new study by Melody Goodman and her associates. … Continue reading

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Originally posted on considering the lilies:
“I read the news today, oh boy . . .” and prompted by Marie’s questions: who are cancer survivors and is it really necessary to celebrate survivorship…

Motivated to Act: SCAD

The words, “We don’t know” pushed Katherine K. Leon to initiate research at the Mayo Clinic.  Why is this unusual?  Katherine is not a physician or a researcher.  She is a patient. But… Continue reading

Tomorrow Isn’t Promised

“Sadly people always believe they will have time later; trauma taught my family tomorrow isn’t promised.”  Alisa Hughley 2012 At 16, Carey Hughley excitedly showed his little sister, Alisa, 12, his brand new driver’s license.  He… Continue reading

Awareness Months

In Action:  Beyond Awareness I broached the subject of Awareness Months.  Because there is some confusion, I am going to discuss the Transtheoretical Model to clarify. Prochaska, Norcross, and DiClemente developed the Transtheoretical Model.  It is… Continue reading

Blogging for Mental Health: Reframe the Discussion

Today I am responding to the call for bloggers… Join us on Wednesday, May 16, and publish a post on your blog about mental health’s importance, how we can diminish stigma, or the… Continue reading

Action: Beyond Awareness

In the 80’s and 90’s I watched public broadcasting shows and tired of the environmental documentaries. Why? Because the documentaries left me depressed.  All the terrible changes were and still are occurring.  Man wasn’t sharing the world… Continue reading

Light A Lamp

When I was younger, I would look at a mother playing with her baby and a warm feeling would come over me. I would just dwell in the experience of joy. Now I… Continue reading

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Originally posted on considering the lilies:
Day Three of my Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge, and I’m thrilled to be taking part in it with my blogging buddies Marie Ennis O’Connor and Jan Hasak,…

Pull Over & Pay Taxes

A couple of days ago, I heard the waaah-waaah-waaah   of an Emergency vehicle. I pulled over. I then watched as other cars passed me, ignoring the Emergency, ignoring the people who were trying… Continue reading

Beginnings and Endings

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.  I’ve felt that many times.  My hope for all of us is that “the miles we… Continue reading

Let’s get the message right!

Life in the Deep South is definitely different from life in say, Boston.  For one thing, most towns in the South don’t have sidewalks.  Mass transit just does not exist…it’s the car or… Continue reading

Begin With the End In Mind: Let Evaluation Lead

Nothing says success better than provable results! So it is easy to see why the folks at Health Literacy Wisconsin are smiling from ear to ear. This past fall they put together a… Continue reading

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

Suicide has increased (largely due to the prolonged poor economic conditions) [Medical News Today] 90%+ of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. [National Institute of Mental Health] One out of five people… Continue reading

Bullying and TV

Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is… Continue reading

Passion and Advocacy for Good: IpodTouch for Tele-Trauma

When it comes to innovation and passionate advocacy, Dr. Rafael J. Grossmann Zamora is a head above the rest.  As a specialist in Trauma and a Trauma Surgeon, he is on the front… Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Disease

When you think about yourself…you think of your personal characteristics, how you look, how you feel.   And you think about the people you have known, your family, your friendships, locations,  where you have… Continue reading

Does it have to be this way?

My dear dear uncle is at this very minute suffering from bed sores. Bed sores or pressure sores are horrible.  The skin completely disintegrates…losing layers of skin, exposing tissue under the skin. They… Continue reading