Vaccine Injury Stories: the Sacred Cows of the Internet?

When I first started looking into vaccines, I had no idea that an anti-vaccine movement even existed. I came across claims that the vaccines were toxic and dangerous; the diseases, it was claimed, were not. I have some background in science, so I was able to dismiss those claims as inaccurate, but I couldn’t help but be drawn in by tragic, angry and deeply personal stories from parents who claimed their children were harmed by vaccines.

I dared not question them, but I still couldn’t understand…

If vaccine injuries were occurring on a scale like this, why wasn’t anybody doing anything about  it?  And why wasn’t the media reporting on them?

I wanted to know more about these vaccine injury stories but worried it would be insensitive to probe or question their accuracy. I could hurt their feelings or worse, insult their child’s memory. After all, while I (more…)

No Evidence of Disease Screening

9.18Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Renee Ellmers are hosting a screening of No Evidence of Disease on October 1st at 6:15 PM at the Capitol Visitor Center, Orientation Theatre. The program will feature excerpts from the film, along with a panel discussion to include 3 of the N.E.D. doctors, and a short musical performance. For more information and to RSVP visit:


Federal Changes in Lab Results Access Can Make Personal Health Management Easier

Terri Prof Headshot 0412Have you ever received a phone call from the doctor’s office with the message, “Hello Ms. X, Your test results are normal.  Make an appointment next year.”?  All you know is what the healthcare provider tells you over the phone.  Maybe this conversation happened in the physician’s office during your visit.  Your doctor swoops in, glances at your test results and breezes through the test results.

If you are healthy and have never had any major health issues, this may be enough information.  You continue on for another year, or 6 months, without a worry.  But, maybe you wonder, “What does ‘normal’ mean?  Can I do anything to improve my health?”  How do you know?  Are you at the high end, the low end, just barely in the range? (more…)

Calling all women for a unique hackathon

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at a unique hackathon being presented by Intel-GE Care Innovations™, in collaboration with MIT and Stanford University.  This hackathon will generate answers for one of the biggest hurdles in health care today: connecting patients to their health and health care providers to patients outside of a hospital or physician’s office. Because of your expertise and innovative leadership in the field of health care and technology, we think you would enjoy our keynote speakers and the energy and ideas the hackers will create as they work on innovative solutions at the hackathon.  The hackathon will also feature a pre-event for women in healthcare technology that will bring together hackers, entrepreneurs, investors and clinicians for the opportunity to network and share success stories.  This will take place on Friday afternoon at 2pm and an invitation can be secured by contacting Karissa Price, Chief Marketing Officer, Intel-GE Care Innovations, at  Our goal is to encourage as many women as possible to participate in our hackathon and in stepping forward into leadership roles in healthcare in general. (more…)

Consumer Centricity: The Market and Employer Must Focus On Building Better Decisions

Cyndy NayerThe NYTimes highlights the news on employer sponsored insurance:  premiums have not risen at the expected rate, rather they are staying under 8%, mostly around 6%.  This can change, however, based upon risks and percentage of insured from one city or state to another.

There is still more in the Kaiser Foundation survey that shows the changes over time in employer/worker payments. What this means for employers and employees, however, is a new focus and determination to keep people well.  Worker premiums have gone up year over year from 2006 till now, and at a significant rate.  More of the cost burden has shifted to the insured worker.  As the small business exchanges are starting to open, more workers will get their insurance in the exchanges.  That means that care coordination and chronic care (more…)

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