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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 examines two contemporary issues: the legalization of hemp cultivation and physician-assisted suicide, as handled by officialdom. With hemp, we are looking at the US Senate and current Farm Bill, and with PAS, we are looking at the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece explores the long-running argument over how endoscopes should be processed before their next use. High-level disinfection is favored by the endoscopes users, since it is cheaper and faster, but more and more evidence is suggesting that they'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece dissects the American Medical Association's recent touting of its progress in fighting the opioid epidemic. Their big argument is that opioid prescriptions have been decreasing every year since 2013. But, is this unmitigated good news? Not if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece provides an introduction to the matter of withdrawal—a subject that isn't discussed much within the near saturation level media focus on the subject of addiction. We discuss the symptoms that might occur in both drug and alcohol... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece takes its title from a 1970s bumper sticker, and examines some real fads in the Green movement. We look at recycling, and discuss both famous columns on that subject by John Tierney. We link to the columns.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece traces the history of toxic gas detection back to 1816 and the Miner's Safety Lamp. We cover other major developments, including detector tubes, but then discuss how progress started to derail in the 1960s. You see, that... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece traces the sad history of how physicians became merely "providers," and that was only the first step toward how they are becoming more devalued every day. The goal, of course, is to save costs by allowing so-called... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece first explains the concept of supply chain management (SCM), and then gets more specific as to its special functions in healthcare. We catalog some of the biggest current problems in SCM, and conclude with a look at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece covers two unrelated, but quite important subjects. Fetal alcohol syndrome shows a much higher prevalence now, compared to 20-30 years ago. Symptoms seem to vary on a "spectrum," perhaps related to dosage (not that anyone could confirm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece begins with a definition and brief scientific history of the discovery of radiation. It then moves into how radiation is used in healthcare--from X-rays to a variety of other diagnostic techniques. The final section discusses the measurement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
Yet another garbage scare study on e-cigs is the trigger for this HND piece. This one comes from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and looked for "scary" chemical diacetyl (butane-2,3-dione) in e-liquids. Lo and behold they found it,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece provides a good introduction to the topic, and provides a historical perspective. We mention the usual suspects, such as Marie Curie and Wilhelm Röntgen, and also detail the now forgotten story of Eben Byers. Eben who? Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines the relatively new phenomenon of bringing classical quality control techniques--such as benchmarking--into the troubled world of healthcare. We go into the history of the concept, which was popularized by Xerox, and then discuss a specific case,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece focuses on two surprising new research findings--one in opioids and the other in type 2 diabetes. As it happens, opiods may not be any more effective against pain that non-opioid meds; and the constant hype on glycemic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece gets back to basics. We discuss the discovery of DNA, the founding of genetics, and delve into applications of DNA science. The biggest application, even if no one predicted it, is forensics. Thus, we also cover the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines how charity has empowered healthcare. We trace the history of medical charity back to its origins in Christianity, and follow it through to the present day. A number of good sources are cited, as we work... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece starts with the physiological mechanism of snoring, and offers a number of easy, natural suggestions to combat the problem. From there, we offer a few counter-measures from Yoga, and even show how playing a particular musical instruments... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece starts off with the World Health Organization's definition, and then presents a few other points of view. We quote a recent piece in the BMJ, which throws chronic disease into the mix, and then segue into a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece takes a look at three current topics of interest: the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study; the Patients over Paperwork initiative; and Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase joining forces to disrupt healthcare. The study is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece examines two common pathogenic agents: Flu viruses and E. Coli. Both subjects are timely, given that this current flu season is shaping up to be a bad one, and that there was a recent outbreak of E.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
This HND piece discusses the concept of One Health: Unifying animal health, environmental health, and human heath. For starters, humans and animals share many diseases, and what we learn about them—in any organism—could lead to a cure, or better treatment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2018 at Shaw's Eco-Logic
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 Jan 13, 2018 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