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.
Really good stuff today- please take the time to watch the beautiful TED talk in the first link and then read the next article too. And you can't miss on any of the ones to follow...
The New York Times
– Feb 7, 2:00 AM
For most of my adult life, every winter when awards season rolled around I would get primed and ready to have an epic night. Not because I was an Oscar-nominated ingénue about to walk the red carpet in Valentino couture and Bulgari earrings…
Jeff CohnSupport for the premise of the above talk, through the lens of an annual ritual that goes on after Mom's death
The New York Times
Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D.
– Feb 6, 2:00 AM
My patient was brought to the emergency room by his friend because he could no longer catch his breath and had a cough that wouldn't extinguish. He lived with three other young men, all in their early 20s, in a small house located in what many of…
Jeff CohnThis moved me to write a blog post about my experience as an oncology fellow with a young adult with a similar diagnosis without the support this young man had- and tragically that made all the difference in the outcome...
By Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries, CNN
– Feb 9, 1:01 AM
(CNN) Adelaide Stanley can't go out in public or be around people. Seven months of cancer treatment has left the 3 year old with a weakened immune system. But she still wanted to dine at her favorite restaurant. When J. Wilson's in Beaumont, Texas…
Jeff CohnIf I'm ever in Beaumont, Texas I'm definitely eating at J. Wilson's...
Kaiser Health News
Heidi de Marco
– Feb 10, 7:00 AM
LOS ANGELES — Doug and Connie Moore met at seminary. He was a student and pastor of an inner-city congregation, and she was a student and a public health nurse. “She's the one who drew me to the needs of the poor,” Doug says.
Jeff Cohn“Participating in social activities does not just provide social and cognitive stimulation for both the caregiver and the loved one, but they give each the opportunity to create new social groups for themselves with people who understand their situation”
The New York Times
Jane E. Brody
– Feb 10, 2:00 AM
Climate change is not the only source of dire projections for the coming decade. Perhaps just as terrifying from both a health and an economic perspective is a predicted continued rise in obesity, including severe obesity, among American adults. A…
Jeff CohnI like the idea of blending a movement supporting healthy eating with preventing global warming. If not eliminating meat from restaurant menus, how about laws requiring meats served at restaurants to be sustainably raised?
The Wall Street Journal
– Feb 9, 11:50 AM
I recently cared for a 70-year-old man in the resuscitation bay of my hospital's emergency department. His blood pressure was low, his skin mottled, his stench foul. Ambulance personnel told us he was “found down” by a neighbor. His…
Jeff CohnSome good recommendations in the second half of the article. I completely support that elimination of the 3-day hospitalization requirement prior to a person becoming eligible for rehab hospital admission or long-term care.
The Washington Post
– Feb 7, 11:56 AM
Not surprisingly, the story went viral as people embraced the images of the elderly Murphy flexing her muscles for the cameras. While older men and women needn't become powerlifters, athletes like Murphy who lift massive weights, experts say…
Jeff CohnVery happy I made the investment in myself to begin working with a trainer last year to build some strength that I was beginning to lose- I think it's made a big difference in how I feel about myself and I'm committed to maintaining this for years
Malcolm cleans patient rooms and offices in the large medical center where we both work as pediatric doctors. After finishing our respective rounds one afternoon, we noticed that Malcolm was deep in conversation with the parents of one of our very…
Jeff CohnColleagues and I gained an appreciation for the wisdom of environmental services workers during a project aimed at preventing MRSA infections. We called them 'unusual suspects,' thinking you wouldn't expect great ideas to come from them- boy were we wrong
In hospitals across the country, doctors and nurses often feel like small cogs in very big wheels, unable to provide input into how hospital systems function on behalf of their patients. That's one of many contributors to burnout. Nine years ago…
Jeff CohnAn important leadership function is creating the time/space for purposeful collaborative work to occur, along with the learning and relationships it fosters