• Alternatives for Chronic Pain
    January 5, 2018
    Article taken from page 10 of January/February Newsletter 2018 By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion We’ve previously discussed the risks of opioids, and how pharmaceutical companies have encouraged over-prescription of these drugs that has created an opioid addiction epidemic. But what’s a person in pain to do? First of all, drop the idea that opioids are the best ...
  • Obfuscating Opioid Risks
    September 6, 2017
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of September/October Newsletter 2017 By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion Back when we were in training, more than 30 years ago, opioids were considered dangerous drugs that could cause addiction and life-threatening respiratory depression. Medical students were taught that opioids were very useful for end-of-life pain (especially for cancer, which can cause ...
  • The Real Cost of Epi Pen Shots? Peanuts!
    May 6, 2017
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of May/June Newsletter 2017 By Adrianne Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion The EpiPen is an automatic injection device (an “autoinjector”) for administering epinephrine, which can be life-saving for someone who is going into anaphylactic shock as a result of a severe allergic reaction. EpiPens have been available since 1980, but after Mylan Pharmaceuticals ...
  • Death Panel? That Would Be You!
    January 6, 2017
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of January/February Newsletter 2017 By Adrianne Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion In 2016, California initiated the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), becoming the 5th state to legalize medical aid in dying. (Colorado became the 6th later that year). California, with its 40 million citizens, may be the tipping point that catalyzes many ...
  • Letter to the Editor and Response
    September 6, 2016
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of September/October Newsletter 2016 Letter by Alice Fox Response by Adrianne Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion Dear Editor, I am writing as a health care provider, a public health professional and a patient who has been treated (on four separate occasions over decades) for chronic Hepatitis C infection. Drs. Fugh-Berman and Massion are incorrect in ...
  • Hepatitis drugs and skyrocketing health care costs
    January 6, 2016
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of January/February Newsletter 2016 By Adrianne Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion U.S. drug prices are out of control and unsustainable. We’re the only developed country where public programs cannot negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical manufacturers; as a result, the U.S. generally pays more for branded prescription drugs than any other country. In ...
  • KEEPS on Keeping On
    November 6, 2015
    Article taken from page 4 of November/December Newsletter 2015 By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD The myth that menopausal hormone therapy prevents heart attack and dementia should have died a swift death after the definitive results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) a dozen years ago.  But the concept that hormones might prevent some disease —in some women, somewhere, ...
  • Oncologists avoid using the best treatment for ovarian cancer
    September 6, 2015
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of September/October Newsletter 2015 By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion Why is an ovarian cancer treatment that saves women’s lives being underused? Using intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy (infusing chemotherapy into the abdomen) along with intravenous chemotherapy (IV chemo, which is infused into veins) dramatically extends lives in women with ovarian cancer. Yet, a ...
  • Binge-Eating Disorder: Another Invented Disease Brought to You by Pharma
    May 6, 2015
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of May/june Newsletter 2015 By Adrianne Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion Ever notice how dinner party hosts estimate portions based on their own appetites? Small eaters may leave their guests hungry; large eaters may have plenty of leftovers. Adriane’s in the latter category; her guests learn to enjoy her food in generous portions, ...
  • Dying in America: Better than Ever?
    January 6, 2015
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of January/February Newsletter 2015 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman Happy New Year — how recently have you thought about dying? Do you already have an Advance Directive and designated health care proxy? If so, good work! If not, this column can help you complete one in 2015. As described in renowned ...
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
    September 6, 2014
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2014 By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion Diabetics often experience neuropathy (nerve pain or dysfunction); some people with diabetic neuropathy (DN) may be unaware of it because symptoms can be subtle. DN symptoms range from numbness or tingling to severe pain that interferes with daily activities and keeps ...
  • Choosing Wisely on Getting a Bone Density Test
    July 6, 2014
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the July/August Newsletter 2014 By Charlea T. Massion, MD &Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD Recommendations about bone density (BD) testing have shifted over the last few years — we are proud to say, more toward what the NWHN has recommended for over a decade! This article reviews the BD testing recommendations from the ...
  • Pass the Poop!
    May 6, 2014
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the May/June Newsletter 2014 By Charlea Massion MD and Adriane Fugh-Berman MD You’re crawling with germs – and that’s a good thing. All of us are coated inside and out with a complex protective film of microorganisms. If that film’s disrupted, the consequences can be devastating. We tend to think of ourselves ...
  • Hold the statins, stat!
    January 6, 2014
     Article taken from pages 10-11 of the January/February Newsletter 2014 By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion New guidelines released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) advised preventing heart attacks by treating cardiovascular risk factors instead of high cholesterol. Seemed like a good idea at first. It turns ...
  • The Low-Down on Low-T (or Menopause for Men)
    September 6, 2013
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2014 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman Does the man in your life have “Low-T” (low testosterone) Syndrome? Oh, wait; make that “the men in your life” — chances are any of the men you know over age 40 qualify for a diagnosis. Symptoms supposedly associated with “Low-T” Syndrome are ...
  • Forget Fat!
    May 6, 2013
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the May/June Newsletter 2013 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman We constantly hear that obesity is a killer and that the obesity epidemic will surely sink our health care system — but are a few extra pounds really bad for your health? A recent study suggests that being a little overweight ...
  • Refuse InFuse
    January 6, 2013
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the May/June Newsletter 2013 By Charlea Massion and Adriene Fugh-Berman We all know that some pharmaceutical companies put their own corporate profits ahead of patient safety. But, those companies don’t have a lock on this behavior — here’s an example of a medical device company that has also compromised patient safety. InFuse ...
  • CT Scan Safety
    September 6, 2012
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2012 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman “Lets just do a CT scan to be sure…” the doctor says. These days, having a CT scan seems routine, like having a strep test when you have a sore throat. In 2007, about 70 million CT scans were performed in ...