Many Women with Breast Cancer Have Poor Knowledge About Their Condition

A new analysis finds that many women with breast cancer lack knowledge about their illness, with minority patients less likely than white patients to know and report accurate information about their tumors’ characteristics. This further supports the need to better educate women about their health conditions so they can make more informed treatment decisions.The findings appear in the online version of […]

Policy for the fine print

Worsening vision is yet another sign we’re getting older. I picked up my new glasses last week, and was easily able to read this NY Times article about that topic. The photo on the right shows normal range of vision. If I take off my glasses, the picture loses its sharpness (courtesy National Eye Institute).…

Profits Before People, Again

Here we go. Again. This article in today’s New York Times just makes my blood boil. Essentially, the insurance companies, most notably United Healthcare and Aetna, are experimenting with new payment systems for cancer treatment by specialists. They want these physicians to use standardized treatment methods rather than the more expensive, individualized, and often experimental…