Five years ago, on a bright sunny day, 16-year-old Brandon Taylor was riding his bike along a street in Auburn, Washington, a town near Seattle. He was on his way to play football at a friend’s house. A passing motorist didn’t see him, and Brandon was hit. He was brain-dead by nightfall.
Brandon’s mother, Shirley, [...]
Wow, I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the supportive mails I’ve received since launching this blog last month. I can’t reply to every single mail, but I’ll do my best to respond here periodically and call out some of your helpful suggestions and fascinating stories.
We received a number of requests for more information about [...]
Shaun Alexander is the most famous man in my hometown of Seattle these days and, very possibly, the most valuable player in the National Football League. He is an incredible running back.
But more than that, he is an incredible young man. I met him the other night at a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society educational [...]
Interesting story: Scientists who test things on mice are finding a chemical in turkey meat may help reduce of reverse the effects of multiple sclerosis.
Basically, they think there’s a chance the chemical, tryptophan, known for inducing more than a few post-Thanksgiving dinner naps, might lead to new medicines for people with MS. The idea [...]
I recently hosted a radio program with an eye specialist. We were talking about Lasik eye surgery and similar approaches to help you get rid of your glasses.
Millions have these procedures. But if you have a chronic condition like multiple sclerosis or diabetes, there are more basic eye health questions to address. With MS, [...]
I saw George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” the other night. It’s the story of renowned television journalist Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, and their pioneering programs on CBS Television in the ’50s. They were bold enough to show that Senator Joseph McCarthy’s campaign against communists was trampling on the individual [...]
This week, enrollment began for seniors and disabled people covered by Medicare to sign up for a private insurance plan – one they pick from more than 40 offered – to help cover prescription drug costs. The enrollment period is open until May 15, 2006, and if you don’t enroll by then, it will cost [...]
The phone rang the other night. It was not a surprise. Earlier in the day, I had received an e-mail from the parent of an ailing 10-year-old boy back East. The father gets the newsletter from my old high school, and they had noted what I do for a living. The dad had turned to [...]
First of all, thanks! I am excited that so many HealthTalk members and new readers appreciate my new blog. It helps me to know there are really people out there who can benefit from my unique point of view on healthcare and chronic illness. People like me, who are on a health journey and trying [...]
If you are a cancer survivor like me, there are certain times of the year when your ears perk up – in particular, around the time of the big cancer medical conferences. There’s one in May-June called ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology). And there are two other big ones in December: ASH (American Society [...]