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Financial Conflicts in Science and Media

Posted on February 23, 2013 by admin

In recent days there has been a renewal of a longstanding debate about research integrity and financial conflicts of interest of scientists. In a perfect world we would all receive funding that was completely removed from potential bias. This is far from a perfect world. In our attempts to create the impression of objectivity it

Affordable Care Act (ACA) – Will it Really Improve Quality of Care

Posted on February 4, 2013 by admin

Will the affordable care act really ‘improve’ healthcare quality?  I am not so sure. After seeing just how poorly Medicare & Medicaid programs have done in improving quality of care, access to care, and in covering essentials like qualified providers for mental health and obesity for example; I am not optimistic. In the case of


Posted on December 2, 2012 by admin

The Holidays have arrived and Norman Rockwell-like family celebrations of joy, good cheer, gift giving and spectacular feasts and festivities are expected, right? At this time of celebration our expectations are often quite high and our responsibilities and schedules seem to grow exponentially. On top of all the normal day to day things like going

Is quitting smoking worth the risk of weight gain?

Posted on October 29, 2012 by admin

Many people use food to deal not only with stopping smoking, but also with cutting back on alcohol, coping with anxiety or depression, or more generally to cope with the stresses of daily life.  This can certainly add to the number on the scale. However, most experts agree that a few pounds of weight gained

Rallying Your Support System: It takes a community to be healthy

Posted on September 16, 2012 by admin

Long-term change in how one cares for oneself can seem like a long and lonely road.  It doesn’t have to be! Having the support of people who care about you can make it much easier. Support comes in many forms and is unique to each person. What you may find supportive could be seen as