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  • Rx for Change – Dying in America: Better than Ever?
    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 cartoonist Roz Chast’s graphic memoire about her aging parents, Can’t We Talk About Something ...
  • Rx for Change — Binge-Eating Disorder: Another Invented Disease Brought to You by Pharma
    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, or risk her wrath. Charlea, on the other hand, considers salad dinner. Somehow, ...
  • RX for Change: Bending the Old Saw
    There’s an old saw that says: The right cares only about individuals and not about people in the aggregate, while the left cares only about people in the aggregate and not about individuals. Sadly, in my own life, the old saw has all too often been true. When my cousin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, ...
  • RX for Change: Language Matters, Especially When Talking About Root Causes
    For my 67th birthday this year, my dear friend Peaches — with whom I shared those heady years in Jane, the underground, feminist abortion service — sent me a card. On the front was a picture of an elderly woman (much older than me) carrying a placard that said, “I Cannot Believe I Still Have ...
  • Rx for Change: Oncologists Avoid Using the Best Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
    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 recent study found that only 41 percent of women treated at 6 academic centers ...
  • RX for Change: Singing the Part D Medicare Blues
    One of the few things I looked forward to when I approached 65 was becoming Medicare eligible. Before becoming eligible for Medicare, I found a high deductible plan that I could afford as a self-employed person. Since I’m a really healthy person, it worked fine until I broke my ankle and needed surgery and a ...
  • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!
    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Take charge of your health and use the following ovarian cancer information to advocate for yourself!   Get the Facts: Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women, and accounts for 3% of cancers in U.S. women A woman’s lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in ...