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Michael Shaw
DC metro: Fairfax County, VA
Interests: Music, movies, human behavior, fitness (mental, physical, spiritual), true health care--not "disease care" which sadly is the current model
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This HND piece discusses the Department of Labor's new proposal, which will broaden the definition of "employer" to facilitate the formation of so-called association health plans. This will give those in small companies, and the self-employed, far greater access to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines a condition that is not all that rare—affecting 6.8 million people in the US. Symptoms vary widely among sufferers, but the disease usually first strikes in childhood. The good news is that unlike other forms of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece spotlights a new drug that could prove quite effective in the treatment of opioid addiction. Sublocade is an injectable form of the established drug buprenorphine, and offers certain advantages over the conventional sublingual administration. Medication is steadily... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the very neglected subject of type 2 diabetics who don't fit the usual profile of being overweight. Science tends to like neat, simple explanations, and the one about insulin resistance preventing further obesity is just too... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece begins with a history of the discovery of diabetes, and then segues into current issues, such as how the prices have skyrocketed. It is a little nuts that a drug discovered 94 years ago is not available... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece looks at the truly devastating illness that is pancreatic cancer. Talk about your "perfect storm," this one is difficult to diagnose, progresses rapidly, and offers few treatment options, since most cases are diagnosed at late stages. Experts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece continues discussing the problem of how to find good doctors, and how to evaluate medical outcomes. We also hear from patient safety advocate Joel S., who gives some interesting insights on both of these matters. Joel is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the difficult related problems of finding a good physician, and evaluating your medical procedures. We explain "Dr. Hodad," but as you might surmise, it is not complimentary. The trouble is...never mind that lay consumers cannot define... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece gives a background on the plight of those populations considered "medically underserved." As we explain, that particular notion is itself a reflection of what are called "social determinants of health." Not surprisingly, these social determinants are wrapped... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines yet another curative property of Cannabis extract Cannabidiol (CBD). Limited clinical data shows efficacy against the symptoms of type 2 and maybe even type 1 diabetes. Apparently, its action here is related to the extract's anti-inflammatory... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the role that sleep—espeically lack of sleep—may play in type 2 diabetes. There is plenty of research out there that supports this notion. And sadly, for many folks, there's not much they can do about improving... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines DTC advertising of drugs, which seems to be growing like mad, in light of the emergence of millions of aging Baby Boomers. We describe the incongruity of happy-go-lucky commercial scenes acting as a backdrop to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
The worm, as they say, has turned. This HND piece describes how even a stodgy NGO has to face reality, sooner or later. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), in a fairly blistering press release, has finally... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece was inspired by the recent study, which disputes the anti-HRT findings of 2002. We go into the history of HRT, and some of the factors that led up to the biased and flat-out improper conclusions that were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece first evokes the novella and film, but the focus here is on the very real problem of falls--especially in the elderly. We cite a depressing list of nasty statistics, and catalog many of the possible injuries. Hip... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece appears in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week (September 10-16) and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (all September). But, we put special emphasis on how suicide impacts the military—active duty members and veterans. For starters, the overall military... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers a less known nasty fact about the drug: It is quite good at causing strokes in those under age 45. We highlight a recently published review article that looked at dozens of studies, and came up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece first defines what is meant by "complementary medicine," and then delves into such topics as yoga, brain health, and diabetes. We give a shout-out to The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, for focusing the hard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece looks at health myths, as well as some interesting facts about this eclipse--the first one visible from the US since 1979. This time, the US is the only country worldwide that will be in the path of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
Much of what Nye does! The "evil formaldehyde" bit was in keeping with the chemophobic notion of the day; ditto his extreme position on climate change; and his recent "many genders" show. But then, I'm sure you already knew all this. Way more politics than science is just about all this guy does. He found his brand.
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This HND piece start out by defining terms, and then segues into the heavy use of prescription drugs, especially for chronic pain issues. For many pain sufferers, addiction would seem to be the least of their problems, since in some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece once again covers e-cigs,and this time the good news is that a large study indicates that the devices do help people to quit smoking. Amazingly, officialdom has ignored the obvious for years, still clinging to its love... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers three healthcare stories... The first one gets into some techie, but compelling evidence as to the origin of deadly infections linked to operating room heater-cooler units. Surprisingly few investigators have employed DNA forensics to elucidate important... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece goes into the sordid tale of how a mediocre antiviral got stockpiled to the tune of billions of dollars, during the past flu scares. What's more, it was added to, and then removed from, the WHO Essential... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece gives a shout-out to our friends at the American Council on Science and Health, regarding their release of the wonderful (and free) Little Black Book Of Junk Science. Arguably, junk science has been around longer than fake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Shaw's Eco-Logic