Politics, Religion, Sex (um, and Chronic Illness)

What do you talk about at the dinner table?
I discovered years ago that Europeans don’t generally have issues discussing the three topics we Americans consider taboo: politics, religion, and sex. My friends in Germany would say, “What else is there?” Well, illness for one thing…
Interestingly, a new national survey from a company called Evercare just discovered that “Americans are as unlikely to talk to a friend or loved one about better managing a…

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Gesundheit! (and LA Times Health Columnist Joins Our Club)

When I first arrived in Germany in the middle of winter about 18 years ago (ahem…), I immediately caught a bad cold. Every time I sneezed, my brother-in-law’s girlfriend would bark, “Health!” It took us a while to work out that Americans say the same thing, only in German. And maybe a little less like a command. Anyway, we had a good laugh. In recent years, I’ve come to appreciate that salutation in ways never…

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Toot, Toot

Can you hear my horn tootin’? Some good stuff (most of it mine that I’d like to plug today:
* My latest dLife column, Straight Up with Amy, welcomes you to the Health 2.0 movement. In fact, if you’re reading this post on DiabetesMine.com, then you’re part of the movement, whether you know it or not. You are helping to change the world of healthcare just by being here, so thank you!
* A conversation…

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A Middle Ground Between Rx and OTC: Super, or Scary?

Another interesting development apropos to recent rants on lowering medical costs, in part by breaking down some traditional delivery mechanisms in favor of a more quick-shop, commercial approach to healthcare: now the FDA plans “to expand the the middle ground between drugs that require a prescription and those that anyone can buy off the shelf.” This new gray area for medications is termed “behind the counter” (BTC).

BTC has already gotten a lot of media…

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Holy @#$! Amazing Stories, Vol. 11: Even Health Employers Don’t “Get It”

It’s really crazy how ignorant some otherwise-intelligent people can act around chronic illness. Even people working in supposedly progressive health institutions. Here’s a note I got lately from a woman in Germany (with an English mum), who lost her job in a medical lab over her diabetes. Yes, she did have some issues with hypoglycemia. But she feels her employers knee-jerk reacted, never giving her a chance. Her story:
I am 37
years old and…

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