Category Archives: Human Behavior

Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue

Every mass shooting, especially at schools, prompts anguished cries and call to action. For a start, lets at least change the rules forbidding this to be looked at as a public health issue. [caption id="attachment_2505" align="alignnone" width="720"] Visiting a School Near You Sometime Soon?[/caption]   As a native of a country (UK) where it’s almost…
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I’m Feeling Like A Patient

This was my latest monthly column in the Free Lance-Star on January 28th. The more heretical books I read about how clinical trials can be misleading, the more skeptical I get about being able to make a rational, informed decision about medical treatment/interventions.      Despite my idyllic, relaxed retired life in the country, the old blood…
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Anti-vaxxers Threaten The Herd Immunity

[caption id="attachment_2405" align="alignnone" width="446"] A Noisy Reason to Get Him Vaccinated[/caption] Herd immunity may make us sound like a bunch of cows, but it is an important phenomenon in the field of vaccinations. You get herd immunity when you vaccinate enough of the population that the illness can’t get a foothold. Widespread use of measles/mumps/rubella…
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Is It All In Your Head?

Every doctor struggles with patients with somatic symptom disorder - or SSD to use the snappy new acronym that the DSM - 5 now calls it. A wonderfully insightful and informative new book  Is It All in Your Head – true stories of imaginary illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan, MD, consultant in neurology and neurophysiology at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England helps explain it.

It is the subject of this month's column in the Free Lance-Star.

The doctor can't find anything wrong. The patient insists there's something wrong; It's an inflammatory situation.