A Dose of Slow Medicine: Abigail Zuber, M.D., dicusses "slow medicine" — described as "a family-centered, less expensive" alternative to hospital-based, high-tech impersonal treatments.

This approach is the focus of the new book "My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing ‘Slow Medicine,’ the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones," by Dennis McCullough, M.D.

Study: Hormone Therapy Impedes Cancer Tests: "Women who take
hormones to ease the symptoms of menopause are more likely to have abnormal mammogram results – and, therefore, more breast biopsies – than women who don’t take the therapy, researchers found," reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

"In addition, the tools used to diagnose breast cancer are less likely to catch malignant tumors in women taking hormone replacement therapy, despite the fact that they have a slightly increased risk of cancer." The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Wage Loss a Costly Side Effect: "Among the many challenges women with breast cancer face, here’s one most people don’t pay attention to: a smaller paycheck," writes Tara Parker-Pope.

Though the financial toll likely could apply to any cancer or major illness, the findings here are based on a survey of 459 Canadian women who lost, on average, more than a quarter of their typical income during the first 12 months after their diagnosis. The study was published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The Studies Surrounding DHEA: The L.A. Times "Healthy Skeptic" column looks at the anti-aging claims of DHEA and finds it’s no fountain of youth.

The Pill is Safer Because of Her: "With Barbara Seaman gone, we have lost our singular health-care muckraker," writes Leora Tanenbaum at Huffington Post.

"As a result of her tireless activism, we are less naïve and ask tougher questions. We do our own research; we arrive at our doctor’s office with printouts from the Internet; we get second and third opinions. We may not always choose to make the best health decisions, but at least we now know not to accept the claims of the drug companies and Food and Drug Administration at face value."

Plus: The Washington Post published Seaman’s obituary today. Our Bodies, Our Blog includes more information and remembrances.


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  • naomi dagen bloom March 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

    thanks, christine, for twice reminding readers here of the debt we owe Barbara Seaman. it was at this site i first learned of our loss, waited several days for new york times to get over fawning of William Buckley’s death to offer a proper tribute.
    those who wonder about negativity toward a woman candidate for president might learn from how the media regarded these two over he past week. in print and on TV, the winner is male charm over a woman who asks hard questions.
    Barbara Seaman received her proper due from those of us writing blogs with women front and center.
    yours for sisterhood, naomi, http://www.alittleredhen.com