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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.
Rainy but warm Thursday in Philly. Great lead article that I encourage all to read, bookended by a piece on chocolate in honor of Valentine's Day- and good stuff in between.
The Washington Post
William G. Kaelin, Jr.
– Feb 11, 11:16 AM
William G. Kaelin, Jr., a 2019 Nobel laureate, is the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. I was…
Jeff CohnVery well stated. It may be that even the word 'cure' is a barrier to progress. Cure implies elimination of disease, whereas some other goal like 'living with minimal disease that never harms' or something like that might be more achievable
Key Points 中文 (chinese) Question What are the most common criticisms found in negative (ie, 1-star) online reviews of hospice agencies? Findings In this qualitative study of 137 unique online reviews of 67 hospice agencies, 2 domains…
Jeff CohnI'm a huge advocate for hospice care- and as this review shows some have significant work to do to meet the need of at least some of their patients/families
The Wall Street Journal
– Feb 11, 6:00 AM
Rising numbers of older adults are unable to care for themselves, often leading to serious health problems and even death, according to state and local government agencies. So-called self-neglect cases generally involve the inability to perform…
Jeff Cohn'Experts say the key to reducing self-neglect cases is providing services to enable seniors to remain in their homes safely'- and how does that align with proposed budget cuts in human services? Spoiler alert- NOT AT ALL
Amy Gleason (@PatientSide) captured this line of mine, delivered on a panel at the Health Datapalooza yesterday. Her tweet generated an interesting cascade of reactions ranging from: “This is potentially dangerous” to “This is…
Jeff CohnVery provocative commentary. While maybe the clinician knows more science than the person with the condition, nobody knows more about living with the condition than that person and peers with the same/similar condition, and that knowledge is IMPORTANT
David Becker, For The Inquirer
– Feb 12, 4:00 AM
February is heart month, and with it come public health messages aimed at getting you to take a closer look at your risk of developing heart disease. There are multiple tests you might see marketed, but they are not all especially useful. Tests for…
Jeff CohnDr. Becker does a good job as is usual in making sense out of options, many of which don't make sense
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Jeff CohnAn interesting snapshot- one thing I wonder is how much the differences seen in 'millennials' has to do with being young rather than their particular generation- if boomers had been asked these ?s at the same age what might their responses have been?
I live with a hip-wiggler. When we're in an elevator, Fred shakes to the muzak. If we're pushing a cart though the grocery store and B. B. King's “The Thrill Is Gone” comes through the speakers, Fred starts shimmying—and…
Jeff CohnWhen I was 5 my harried mom yelled at me, 'All you want to do is play, play, play.' Still some truth to that now, and it does help relationships a lot, IMO- except when what I consider being playful tips over into teasing or something felt to be hurtful..
The New York Times
– Feb 11, 8:17 AM
You probably think you already know everything you need to know about chocolate. For instance: The higher the percentage of cacao, the more bitter the chocolate, right? The term “single origin” on the label indicates that the…
Jeff CohnMy Valentine's Day gift to chocolate lovers out there- hard to believe but nothing in here about Reese's Peanut Butter cups!!!