- In memory of Blandina Khondowe
- Barbara Brenner Breast Cancer Activist Scholarship
- Remembering Barbara
- Funeral arrangements and after
- Barbara Brenner 1951-2013
- Thanks and Blessings
- The Legislature and Breast Cancer: Not a Good Match
- Telling the FDA What I Think About ALS Drug Trials
- Has NBCC Lost Its Way?
- Steve Gleason: A Rare Celebrity Doing Good by Talking About His Illness
- Approaching Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem: Who Gets to Have a Say?
- Adventures with a Feeding Tube Replacement: A Not So Funny Story, a Cautionary Tale, and A Call To Action
- What I Learned as A Volunteer
- One More Time With Feeling: Can We Be Done With Mammography Screening?
- Sitting Down to Call Out Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)
- NBCC — The Promise, the Process and the Problems
- Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die? — A Yom Kippur Reflection
- Not So Funny Things Happened on the Way to a Diaphragm Pacer: When “Informed” is Not “Consent” and Related Adventures of an ALS Activist
- FDA to ALS Patients: Fuck You
- Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me Twice . . . : Nothing New at Komen
- Broadening ALS Research to Help Patients III: Make Biogen Idec Walk Its Talk
- Broadening ALS Research to Help Patients — II
- Let’s Broaden ALS Research to Help Patients
- The Supreme Court on Health Care II — The Medicaid Debacle
- Wonders Never Cease — The Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision
- Previews in Health Redux
- If you want to sign a letter calling on Nancy Brinker to resign
- Susan Love: Time to Think Before You Pink
- Tobacco Company Lies Don’t Mean You Should Vote for Prop. 29
- Odds and Ends in the Pink Ribbons Wars
- What Ever Happened to Previews of Coming Attractions in Health?
- Changing the Culture of Health Care in a Consumer Society — Not So Easy
- New ALS Treatment? — Hold Your Applause, Please
- Thoughts on Leadership – Listen Up, Nancy Brinker
- Choices: How I Live with ALS
- Don’t Be Surprised By the Undelivered Promise of Personalized Medicine
- Context is Everything — Framing the Film Pink Ribbons, Inc.
- Further Thoughts on Disability Access
- Komen’s True Colors: Red, not Pink
- Komen Politics: It’s Not Just About Abortion
- Gloves Off: What the Fuck, Komen?
- Pink Ribbons, Inc. is Coming to the US
- You Don’t Have to Talk Like Stephen Hawking
- Tikkun Olam and Corporate Responsibility
- IOM Report on Breast Cancer and The Environment: What Komen’s $1 million Bought
- Social Justice: The Health Connection
- Can We Watch Our Language, Please?
- Nothing Should Have to Be This Hard
- Is October Over Yet?
- Mi’She’Berach: Thoughts on Illness and Blessing
Ways to Look at Illness
Category Archives: Health Policy
The Legislature and Breast Cancer: Not a Good Match
The Legislature and Breast Cancer: Not a Good Match According to California law, starting on April 1, 2013 (I note that that was April Fool’s Day), women whose mammograms revealed dense breast tissue will get the following notice: Your mammogram … Continue reading
Posted in Breast Cancer, Health Policy, Medical Science Tagged breast cancer screening, California Legislature, KQED, mammograms 4 Comments
Telling the FDA What I Think About ALS Drug Trials
As readers of this blog know, I have taken issue with a number of things related to how ALS drug trials are run. Some people at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) read my blog and the comments to them. … Continue reading
Posted in ALS, ALS Treatment, Health Policy Tagged als, clinical trials, ombudsman 1 Comment
Approaching Gun Violence as a Public Health Problem: Who Gets to Have a Say?
Disclosures I’m a public health activist. I am also a member of the ACLU, and committed to the 1st Amendment (and all the other Constitutional Amendments, including the 2nd). This blog argues that some organizations should be excluded from participating … Continue reading
Posted in Health Policy Tagged Jon Stewart, NRA, Wayne LaPierre 2 Comments
One More Time With Feeling: Can We Be Done With Mammography Screening?
October was long over when the New York Times ran an op-ed about mammography screening and over-diagnosis. The op-ed makes a compelling case for ending population-based mammography screening for breast cancer, based on the on the numbers of women who … Continue reading
Posted in Breast Cancer, Health Policy Tagged Komen, mammography screening, overdiagnosis, overtreatment 6 Comments
NBCC — The Promise, the Process and the Problems
I have a reputation as an expert on the breast cancer and breast cancer advocacy organizations, gained during my 15 years as the (now former) Executive Director of Breast Cancer Action. Since it’s once again October — Breast Cancer Industry … Continue reading
FDA to ALS Patients: Fuck You
If you like this blog, please pass it on to your friends. Let’s keep the conversation going. I will spare my readers the long saga of my fight with Biogen Idec about the dex trial and my plans to get … Continue reading
Posted in ALS, ALS Treatment, Health Policy Tagged Biogen Idec, Catherine Chew, CDER, Dexpramipexole, FDA 28 Comments
Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me Twice . . . : Nothing New at Komen
If you like this blog, pass it on to your friends. Let’s keep the conversation going. Maybe you were wondering what I would have to say about the Chick-fil-A. It’s a good story, but not the subject of this blog. … Continue reading
Broadening ALS Research to Help Patients III: Make Biogen Idec Walk Its Talk
Like many readers of this blog, I have been exchanging emails with Dr. George Scangos, CEO of Biogen Idec, the company running the clinical trial in which I am a participant. The trial is testing the efficacy of a drug … Continue reading
Posted in ALS, ALS Treatment, Health Policy, Medical Science Tagged Biogen, Biogen Idec, dex, Dexpramipexole, FDA, FDA Commissioner 4 Comments
Broadening ALS Research to Help Patients — II
Late last week I posted here a message I sent I had sent to the CEO of Biogen Idec, the company running the dex drug trial I’m in. I encouraged people to write to the CEO, Dr. George Scangos, about … Continue reading
Posted in ALS, ALS Treatment, Health Policy Tagged Biogen Idec, Dexpramipexole, Scangos 4 Comments