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‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Preclinical Research Findings Not Replicable–Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 1, 2015 by


‘The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed on many factors, … But recently a new culprit has emerged: too many basic scientific discoveries… are wrong.’~C. Glenn Begley It’s nothing new. Over 3 decades ago the problem was well-known, as memorialized in the premier journal Science, in its article “Reevaluation of cancer data […]

When the Oncologist Talks. . .Not Everybody Listens: National Cancer Survivor’s Day

June 1, 2015 by


Remember that old commercial? No, not the one where you should have had a V8. Or even the one where the voice croons to you, “And like a good neighbor. . .” and you can’t help but sing out, “Statefarm is there,” even though you’ve long ago switched to Progressive, since they really do have better […]

Quality Over Quantity?: It’s the Patient’s To Decide: Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day

April 7, 2015 by


I’ve got some men in my life who are seriously big eaters. Forces to be reckoned with. Hosting a barbecue for them requires much advanced planning–plus a significant financial outlay at the butcher’s. One’s on the Atkins Diet–again–and watching him down hot dog after hamburger at the last picnic was truly observing a feat. I actually […]

Children Who Miss Social Cues–Is It Even Worse Than We Thought?

October 4, 2014 by


Penny* is in eighth grade, but quite childish. At school she uses a kleenex box to prop up the books on her desk, and it’s become something of an obsession. If someone–innocently–takes a piece of tissue, well, poor Penny crumbles. She has to leave the room to recover her equanimity and wipe her eyes, and […]

Faking Grief: When an Expression Reveals the Truth

August 18, 2014 by


My son–now a professor, an educator of today’s youth, a scientist in search of truth–was, in his salad days, a world-class faker. He particularly perfected his art when it came to faking illness in order to get out of school. Our growing skepticism spurred him to new heights of creativity, and his theatrics were something […]

Not ‘Normal’ Anymore?: Complicated Bereavement

August 14, 2014 by


I am not just the founding mother, but am also the most decorated member of my children’s fan club. At rallies I come equipped with buttons, balloons and noise-makers, wearing electric blue shirts with the kids’ names inscribed.  I’m a complete embarrassment, but I want my support known. Their spouses can’t hold a candle to […]

“More willing to fund criminal justice than mental health:” Chicago’s Criminalization of the Mentally Ill

May 23, 2014 by


“The largest mental health provider in the state of Illinois is the Cook County Jail.” ~ Tom Dart, Cook County (IL) Sheriff Thus Tom Dart welcomes you to the largest mental health facility in the state of Illinois–Cook County jail. Just last month, on April 30th, 2012, Chicago closed the last 4 of the 6 mental […]

“Oops, I Think I Did It Again:” Yet Another Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

May 22, 2014 by


The words instill dread in the hearts of the American public. While cancer remains top vote-getter in the frightening arena, with 41% of respondents to a 2011 survey for the MetLife Foundation in 2011 conferring upon it ‘most-feared’ status [see “The Winner on Fear-Factor: Cancer“], Alzheimer’s clocks in at a close second, with 31% of the votes. […]

The Damage of a Long Commute–Putting Your Life in Danger?

May 11, 2014 by


I have a pretty good commute, all things considered. I have to move myself from my upstairs, down one–possibly two, depending on where I am at the moment–flights, propel myself around a corner, open a door, and deposit myself on my chair.It’s got a lot going for it–particularly in the winter when I don’t have […]

Damned if you do. . .

June 7, 2013 by


Do you know how many medications are FDA-certified to treatbipolar depression? Come on–give it a a try. Do I hear 15? 10? The SSRI’s (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) can boast 6 on the market: Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, and Zoloft. If we add the SNRI’s (serotonin and norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors, just in case there’s […]

They say there’s no such thing as schizophrenia? We politely disagree.

May 17, 2013 by


On Monday, the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) is going public with their statement about mental illness (which is a wee bit confusing, as I already know what they’re going to say, and if I know it, it’s fair to say at least a few other people do, making it no longer private, but there you […]

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and. . . .

May 8, 2013 by


Let’s just say I’m a slow starter. I mean, I think I ate solid foods on time and all that – but when it came to riding a bike, four, five, and six passed me by before there was any success on a two-wheeler. The lovely sound of ‘teen’ at the end of my age […]