Genetics and Health

How much do you know about the subject?  Not alot?  Me neither.  But that didn’t stop Science and Health Channel editor Hsien-Hsien Lei from interviewing me on the topic.  She wouldn’t take no for an answer.  See the interview HERE.


What I tried to get across was that us folks who actually live with chronic diseases tend to take a very pragmatic view of all things health-related.  For us, this is not some untapped market, or even a career path (in most cases), but simply a matter of daily survival.

You’ll note that they asked me how readers can best differentiate between the credible health/medical bloggers and the “disreputable operations” out there.  They also asked me whether I thought the media had “over-hyped” the latest genetics research.  And they asked me (of course) about stem cell research.  All very important and relevant stuff!  Answers are strictly my opinions, mind you.  Just a journalist gal with a pancreas problem…

Editor Hsien-Hsien Lei (pronounced shen-shen lay), on the other hand, is a Stanford grad with a bachelor’s in biology and a PhD from John’s Hopkins in epidemiology.  In addition to her work at Genetics and Health, she writes four different blogs — two on health/medical topics and two on motherhood and life in general. Note that all of her blogs are hosted by b5media, the company that also hosts DiabetesNotes, where Rob Rummel-Hudson never fails to make me laugh.

My interview was the 22nd in Lei’s excellent series of Genetics Interviews, mostly with researchers and company execs who really know their stuff.  A few definitely worth checking out include: David Moskowitz of GenoMed, the company developing that insulin toothpaste (!); Rebecca Taylor of Mary Meets Dolly, a Catholics’ guide to genetics, genetic engineering, and biotech; and Lisa Lee, Director of Content at at DNA Direct, which offers at-home clinical DNA testing for conditions such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

Wanna get a little smarter about genetics issues?  Then read them.  Can’t get enough of my blathering here at Then read me, of course ;)

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                    UPDATE 10/30/06 12:00 PST:

I’ve just heard from David Moskowitz of GenoMed that the company has run out of money to develop its insulin toothpaste idea.  Boo!  BUT: they have developed a “recipe” for preventing diabetic kidney failure, using higher than conventional doses of the right ACE inhibitor, for which they’ve applied for a “use” patent. “If we get it to people early enough, before they’ve lost more than half of their kidney function, we can reverse the process,” Moskowitz writes.


4 Responses

  1. Hsien Lei
    Hsien Lei October 30, 2006 at 11:05 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the kind words, Amy! Really honored to have you participate in the interview series.

  2. Rebecca
    Rebecca October 30, 2006 at 12:55 pm | | Reply

    Amy, thanks for the link! Dr. Lei sure knows what questions to ask and most of all who would be an interesting interview. Congrats! Hope your interview brings you some well-deserved readers.

  3. Rebecca
    Rebecca October 30, 2006 at 12:58 pm | | Reply

    Forgot to mention my hubby is diabetic as well. I am sending him the link to your blog. Cheers!

  4. Lisa Lee
    Lisa Lee November 9, 2006 at 2:39 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy, thanks for your kind mention! I’m happy to learn of your blog and second your sentiments about bloggers laying their cards out on the table. Now, off to send my diabetic family members your way…. :-)

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