Hello and welcome to my Nuzzel newsletter!
I'm a retired oncologist- I now coach two groups of people: physicians, especially those moving into roles beyond 100% clinical; and people with cancer/their families, focusing on decision-making.
A taste of spring here in Philly this weekend- pulling for Andy Reid to get another chance at the elusive (for him) Super Bowl this year- Go Chiefs!
The president unsuccessfully advocated cutting $4.5 billion from the NIH budget last year. President Donald Trump. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo President Donald Trump appeared to claim credit today for a record drop in cancer death rates that occurred the…
Jeff CohnThe work leading to this accomplishment has included decades of public health initiatives, many years of clinical research- it has next to nothing to do with the current President and/or his administration's policies...
Gunnar Esiason, opinoin contributor
– Jan 9, 9:33 AM
Time is the most precious commodity all of us have. Time is also the first thing we lose when chronic illness comes into our lives. I am living with cystic fibrosis (CF). For me, my life has long revolved around a rigorous daily treatment routine…
Jeff CohnSomehow it's much easier to get behind spending whatever it takes to save the life of an individual like the author than to create policies that save the lives of everyone with conditions like cystic fibrosis that need meds that cost $$$$
The New York Times
– Jan 8, 2:00 PM
In the quest to reduce health care spending in the United States, the idea held incredible promise: By addressing the medical and social needs of the most expensive patients, you could keep them out of the hospital. These individuals, frequently…
Jeff CohnIf there are benefits to a program like the Camden Coalition, I wonder how much of that development relates to the collaborative learning/development process rather than the finished product?
Beth Skrzyniarz from Franklin, MA was in the ER when she finally began to come to, having no recollection of calling her brother for help, going to the hospital or having a CAT scan. Luckily, her tests all came up clean, leading the doctors to…
Jeff Cohn'There’s this epidemiologic program, where the people who go to the internet with headaches might hear only about the exceptions, leading to cybercondria.”
As a white man who grew up in Texas, John Howard Griffin was curious about the lives of African Americans who lived under America's Jim Crow system in the late 1950s. So, he embarked on a bold experiment. He decided to darken his skin, live as a…
Jeff Cohn'perspective taking does not involve an emotional reaction to another person’s situation. The goal isn’t to feel what they’re feeling. Instead, it’s to understand why they feel the way they do.'
The New York Times
– Jan 11, 6:42 AM
BOSTON — Helen Obando, a shy slip of a girl, lay curled in a hospital bed in June waiting for a bag of stem cells from her bone marrow, modified by gene therapy, to start dripping into her chest. The hope was that the treatment would cure…
Jeff CohnA courageous young woman in a courageous family who hopefully is going to have a chance now to live a normal life, unimpeded by the pain and suffering of this awful disorder
The Washington Post
– Jan 8, 6:00 AM
Q: I am not a morning person. I don't sleep late; I just need time to wake up and ease into the day. My 4-year-old generally wakes up between 6 and 6:30 with an immediate, loud, insistent request that someone play with him. My husband gets up early…
Jeff CohnSome good, practical tips, including a recognition of what likely isn't going to be possible (spoiler alert- you probably won't get the kid to sleep later until he's a teenager)
The New York Times
Daniel J. Levitin
– Jan 10, 6:49 AM
I'm 62 years old as I write this. Like many of my friends, I forget names that I used to be able to conjure up effortlessly. When packing my suitcase for a trip, I walk to the hall closet and by the time I get there, I don't remember what I came…
Jeff CohnI'm not sure the wisdom a life of experiences and the pattern recognition skills that comes with that is able to offset the cognitive biases that come with that as well- are older radiologists really 'better' than younger ones?
Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush, died on Jan. 7 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 67. A statement released by a spokesman said the cause was brain cancer. A full obituary will be published soon.
Jeff CohnI began to appreciate the power rock of Rush long after their peak in popularity- this guy could really play, and just being able to navigate his massive drum set was a true accomplishment. Classic rock loses another legend...