February 19, 2010
I don’t normally comment on cancer diagnoses in notable people, but the announcement today that Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey has been diagnosed with “stomach cancer” raises several issues that I think are worthy of discussion.
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the Senator, as they should be for every patient who receives a diagnosis of cancer. He is obviously a remarkable man, accomplished in business and politics, and someone who has remained active well into his ninth decade.
February 08, 2010
An article published today in the journal Cancer claims that Medicare “incentivized” urologists to do more surgery in their office, and the net result was a significant increase in medical costs for doing the procedures, compared to doing them in hospital facilities.
But, just as in all research, it’s important to get the data and the facts correct. And when you do that for this article, you may just not come to the same conclusions. In fact, the conclusions may be so different that one might ask whether the authors need to go back to the drawing board and update their report.
February 02, 2010
It’s Groundhog Day, so maybe this is a good time to offer a quick recap of my progress on what I call my “Groundhog Day Diet.”
The “Groundhog Day Diet” is my name for the program I started four weeks ago to lose the same weight I lose and regain every year, hoping that maybe—just maybe—this year will be different. (The diet is fondly named after the movie Groundhog Day which starred Bill Murray, where he repeated the same day, day after day after day.)
The only reason I am bothering you with this is the knowledge that I am not alone. Many of you out there go through the same ritual every year. And, if you are like me, four weeks into the process is about when you think it’s time for a splurge or have some other event(s) come up in your life that leads you astray, like this Sunday’s Super Bowl.