Spam Update and the Contest for Healthcare Entrepreneurs (!)

A few announcements today:
First, I’ve been hit by a generous helping of comment spam, forcing me to switch on my “moderate comments” filter. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. If your comment is legitimate, rest assured it will be posted, it just may take a little longer than back in the day when I could just leave comments open without screening everybody. *Sigh*
btw, for those of you who’ve been writing to me…

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When Things Get Ugly

It saddens and upsets me to have to write this. But I have to write this. Despite our community’s outrage over the Doug Burns’ hypoglycemia case, there are times when the lines between “medical condition” and wrongdoing are not so clear…
Two local diabetic drivers here in the San Francisco Bay Area were recently involved in separate car accidents in which people were killed. Both drivers were experiencing insulin shock at the time.

Both drivers…

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Marie Dysli’s Story, Ctd: Does Hospitalization Help?

Who remembers Marie, our friend in Switzerland who is twenty-one and miserable? Well, she promised to update us on her hospital stay for her eating disorder, and she’s proven good to her word. I’d like to note what an effort it takes to self-disclose like this, especially when you feel your life is falling apart at the seams. Extra kudos to Marie for having the will and the wherewithal to share her struggles.
Her brief…

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Aiming for Grace

A little something for your art collection this weekend (courtesy of the LeRoy Gallery). One of my fave fellow D-bloggers, at Aiming for Grace, writes this week about the delicate dance of body and mind that this disease requires — and how we sometimes stumble more than we would like. Trying to get it “right,” and the ramifications of “wrong.” This image reminded me that we are all, in our own fashion, aiming for grace…

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Breakfast Cereal: A Case Study in Bad PR

Oh joy, I just received an emailed press release from a major PR agency that represents Kellogg’s cereals, announcing that a new study confirms: “People Who Eat a Daily Cereal Breakfast Maintain a Healthier Weight.” And what do you know? This study (published in the Nutrition Bulletin, June 2007) was sponsored by the Kellogg Company itself!
With all the current discussion on best-practices and proper etiquette for healthcare PR, where the f*** have these people…

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