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For more details on this story, you can go to Mark Chu-Carroll, Orac, Mike the Mad Biologist, or the Autism Blog. I just wanted to share my personal views on the need for childhood vaccinations and support a public information campaign from the AAP. Until I started medical blogging, I had not realized quite how…

There are responsible ways to present medical information and irresponsible ways. I will say at the outset that I have no ethical issues with discussing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with cancer patients, as long as the information presented is based in fact. So it was no surprise to me and actually quite alarming to…

I’m very excited to announce to Terra Sig readers the kickoff of a new group blog called Science Based Medicine. Yes, it may sound odd that one would need to preface “Medicine” with the qualifier, “Science-Based,” but therein lies the goal of this new resource from its mission statement: Safe and effective health care is…

I’m happy to report that physician-journalist, Tom Linden, MD, has begun blogging over at Dr Mike Magee’s Health Commentary. Dr Linden is currently Glaxo Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Medical Journalism and director of the Medical Journalism Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill J-school. As an example of the visibility of the…

Yes! “A Call for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology.” Imagine a presidential debate focused solely on issues of science and technology as they relate to medicine, international competitiveness, terrorism, public health, embryonic stem cell research, bioethics of genotyping and other molecular diagnostics, research policy/funding and job creation, or minimization of health disparities, among…

We’ve been speaking about this issue on behalf of our lymphoma colleagues since late August. But yesterday’s New York Times (Alex Berenson) and Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog (Jacob Goldstein) brought greater awareness to the issue of Medicare’s proposal to cut reimbursement for “smart-bomb” radioimmunotherapies for lymphomas. So far, it appears that Medicare will move…

I can’t do any better than this today: I finally got around to reading yesterday’s Cancer Research Blog Carnival that I cited and was completely entranced by Matthew Zachary’s essay in The Huffington Post about his long battle with medulloblastoma. It was posted originally in July and provides outstanding insights on the life of a…

No..it’s a false alarm. [***or not – see note added at end of post] But I had to do a double-take last night when reading my e-mail notification of the new HealthCentral newsletter with the subject line: Celebrate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month; How risky is your sexual behavior? For the grammar police out there, this is…

…is the title of a Newsweek article by Jonathan Alter posted online last night that draws more attention to the Medicare restriction on reimbursements for radioimmunotherapeutic (RIT) drugs used to treat lymphomas. Surgical oncologist, Orac, and I have spoken about this issue in the last few days. Alter admits his bias a bit, as he…

The travesty has come true, according to Karl Schwartz and Betsy de Parry of Patients Against Lymphoma. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has gone ahead with their plans to slash by half reimbursements to hospitals for two radioimmunotherapy drugs. For many hospital, reimbursement rates will be lower than their acquisition costs. We…