Acronym of the week would be more accurate, but GDUFA
will be used as a word so it might as well be defined as one. With the passage of the Food
and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act on July 9, 2012, GDUFA (‘Generic
few weeks ago, I experienced a medical emergency and saw a nurse practitioner.
During our appointment, I was surprised to see her using an iPhone to look up
information. With just a few taps on the screen of the same device I use to
check my email and listen to music, she made decisions about my medical care.
my nurse practitioner use her mobile device during my appointment made me
curious to how health care providers use technology. After researching the
topic, I found out that providers’ use of digital technologies extends far
beyond the point of patient care. Tools such as search engines, mobile devices,
online video and social media platforms have an enormous impact on healthcare
providers learn, share and connect with patients in clinical practices. Read full post »
Autism does not look the same from one person to the
It is unique in each diagnosis, showcasing different
challenges and attributes for all. Along the autism spectrum, people share a
wide range of developmental and social abilities, which poses challenges when
defining and diagnosing autism. This past week, the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new
findings that report a staggering one in every 68 children has autism spectrum
disorder (ASD). The community understandably has concerns about the updated
statistics. However, the inconsistencies with diagnosing – and misdiagnosing – autism
led to the American Psychiatric
Association fifth edition update of the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) in 2013.
understanding of one's risk for any disease must be anchored in facts. But if
we want our facts to translate into better health, we may need to start talking
more about our feelings.” -- Lisa Rosenbaum,
M.D. (Cardiology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Women’s History Month, 31 days dedicated to commemorating
female leaders, innovators and those who defied conventionality to get ahead. As
we honor the history of strong-hearted women, it is important to also take a
deeper look at the history of our heart health.
The New England Journal of
Medicine (NEJM) found
that heart disease has been the leading cause of death among Americans since the 1930’s. In 1984, more women than men died of heart disease, and for
20 years this statistic has remained the same. Read full post »
The 27th Annual National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) week was
February 23 – March 1.
Dissatisfaction with our bodies
starts early. By age six, many girls start to express concerns about their appearance.
Of girls, ages six to 12 years old, 40 to 60 percent are aware of their weight
or worried about becoming fat. According to the National
Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, nearly 24
million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.
Beauty and the images we see
Nearly 10 years ago, Dove started their Real Beauty Campaign kicking off with a
video revealing significant Photoshop edits that take place after photography –
from the removal of blemishes to a drastic remodeling of facial and neck structure.
The mission of this and similar campaigns is succinct: to improve self-esteem
and help men and women feel good about their unique inner and outer beauty. Read full post »
Fifteen years ago, I remember working with the President of the Medical Society of New Jersey. A
cardiologist, he often spoke about the need to have more defibrillators in
public places like movie theaters and restaurants to save someone’s life in
case of a heart attack. At the time, it was an expensive proposition, but
through an aggressive outreach from both Dr. R. Gregory Sachs and his
cardiologist colleagues, device companies were able to provide such devices, which
are now more prolific than ever.
The effort to make defibrillators readily available massively
improved the device companies’ overall reputation and increased understanding
of the heart attacks in a way that no leaflet or website could have dreamed
possible. People became more focused on knowing what to do, because
defibrillators were now within reach. The responsibility to potentially save
someone’s life could fall on them. Read full post »