In the Public Eye

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 1:49pm

If you’re in a smashup, have a burst appendix or heart attack – there are many rooms in a specialized hospital department that are gateways to life-saving care.  But I’m told I can’t call that place an ED. It’s still got to be called an ER. That’s because pharmaceutical companies have hijacked “ED” with certain TV ads (invariably at dinner time, prompting questions from young minds about a certain condition lasting an undesired and unhealthy four hours).
 


In the Public Eye

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:22am

It’s amazing how quickly your Iphone can fill up with apps. But working in healthcare, what are the useful ones – and what ones do you actually use?

I have about 40 apps on my phone. I know that’s small potatoes. And most are pretty vanilla – FaceBook, Twitter, NPR, various sports, news and weather sites, Pandora and a couple of flashlight aps. But only four are health related – and only one (California Healthline, an app from the California HealthCare Foundation) that I’ve actually used.


Friday, May 31, 2013 - 8:40am

No television. Scant cell signal. Mystical, nature-sculpted rock formations called hoodoos. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Rustic. Tranquil. Elevation, about 8,000 feet.  Breath taking. Literally. Take five breaths where you’d take three at lower elevations. And what happens if….. or when…


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 1:51pm

The frozen burgers rage against the propane grille. Our faces grow oily in afternoon sun there at the smog line, at my son’s home on the pathway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.


Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 1:02pm

Mike and I would jawbone as the sun was setting outside the Fresno Bee’s E Street cafeteria, ignoring the indigestion from eating Friday’s fried fish in a Monday sandwich. He worked in production. I edited copy and churned out headlines. The real work he was doing, in his off hours, was handing out sandwiches to the homeless folks a few blocks away.


Monday, April 22, 2013 - 8:30am

Hyperbole is the aorta of politics, but I believe there wasn’t all that much exaggeration the other day when Sen. Max Baucus warned that “a huge train wreck” was in the offing when federal healthcare reform more fully unfolds next January.