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18 October 2014

The Christ Church of Saint Michael’s Parish (a parish of the Anglican church) was built in 1672 on the banks of what was then known as Shipping Creek (now the Miles River) in Talbot County Maryland. The town of Saint Michael’s was founded in 1775 on 20 acres of land purchased by James Braddock. Once upon a time the town was a major center for the packaging and distribution of seafood, but those days are long gone. Today its principle industry would appear to be the processing of tourists. I mean that in the nicest possible way, having just spent a pleasant afternoon there. (more…)

Paying for the illusion of cheating death

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Anyone who wants to know why health care costs continue to soar need look no further than the recent recommendation by the American Cancer Society that current and former heavy smokers discuss lung cancer screening with their doctors…

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A walking nightmare: Antidepressants and suicidality

“It’s like being in a torture chamber all your life.”

That’s how Brenda, a young woman from the southeast of England, describes her experience with prescription antidepressants…

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Torn to shreds: The unheralded epidemic of disease and death wrought by benzodiazepines

“Now that I’m dependent on these benzos I’ve lost everything I’ve had in my life.”

So says George, a young man who was prescribed Ativan and Klonopin for anxiety.

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“It’s a nightmare”: After the Avandia debacle, is history about to repeat itself?

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Amy Lynn Evans remembers the onset of the illness that left her with seven hundred thousand dollars in medical bills.

The morning began like any other…

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“My spirit is broken”: Will the new statin guidelines do more harm than good?

“You use them or you die.”

This is what a doctor told Sulette Brown, a psychotherapist from Oklahoma, when she balked at taking statins, after she’d been rushed to the emergency room for a heart attack. Since that night, her life has changed in ways she could not have imagined…

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The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative 2013 Conference on the Future of Advanced Nuclear Technologies

ImageLast November I was asked to be a panelist at the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative 2013 Conference on the Future of Nuclear Power at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. We were tasked with identifying improvements in technology and other approaches that will ensure the future development and supply of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic imaging and therapy in the United States. Our team included some of the nation’s most eminent clinicians, radiochemists, nuclear physicists, and one ex-truck washer.

ImageDrinks are on the house!

The other panelists were good fellows all, bright-eyed, energetic, and courteous and deferential to a fault. The chairman kicked off the proceedings by asking each of us to state the problem as we saw it. Being seated immediately to his left, I went last. I took a deep breath and plunged in: (more…)

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