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How 'Bad Medicine' Dismisses And Misdiagnoses Women's Symptoms


When journalist Maya Dusenbery was in her 20s, she started experiencing progressive pain in her joints, which she learned was caused by rheumatoid arthritis. As she began to research her own condition, Dusenbery realized how lucky she was to have been diagnosed relatively easily. Other women with similar symptoms, she says, “experienced very long diagnostic delays and felt … that their symptoms were not taken seriously.” Dusenbery says these experiences fit into a larger pattern of gender bias in medicine. Her new book, Doing Harm, makes the case that women’s symptoms are often dismissed and misdiagnosed…

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Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?

When Stephen Tower’s right hip gave out in 2006, he asked his surgeon to implant an artificial one — specifically, a metal-on-metal hip called the ASR XL, made by Johnson & Johnson. He knew what he was talking about: As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Tower specializes in complex hip replacements. But what he knew wasn’t enough to protect him from a defect in the device…
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The Poison We Pick

This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.
It is a beautiful, hardy flower, Papaver somniferum, a poppy that grows up to four feet in height and arrives in a multitude of colors. It thrives in temperate climates, needs no fertilizer, attracts few pests, and is as tough as many weeds. The blooms last only a few days and then the petals fall, revealing a matte, greenish-gray pod fringed with flutes. The seeds…
Read at New York Magazine

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet. Instead of another type of diabetes, it’s increasingly looking like Alzheimer’s is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet…
Read at The Atlantic

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

Is the doctor in? In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. Nor does it have a simple answer, as primary care doctors become increasingly scarce. “You call the doctor’s office to book an appointment,” said Matt Feit, a 45-year-old screenwriter in Los Angeles who visited an urgent care center eight times last year. “They’re only open Monday through Friday from these hours to those hours, and, generally…
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The Shorter Your Sleep, The Shorter Your Life: The New Sleep Science

Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long salon for the benefit of passengers and crew alike. “I’ve begun to lie,” he says. “Seriously. I just tell people I’m a dolphin trainer. It’s better for everyone.” Walker is a sleep scientist…
Read at The Guardian

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Creativity Is Available To Us At Every Moment

Ricky is interviewed by Allie Stark, on “Gutted.”

Creativity Is Available To Us At Every Moment

Ricky is interviewed by Allie Stark, on “Gutted.”

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On Pointe – Pilates | Private Training

On Pointe – Pilates | Private Training

On Pointe – Pilates | Private Training

Focus on passion, not pounds. Count courage, not calories. Spread positivity, not impossibility. Think “better off”, not before and after. Care for yourself, don’t compare yourself. Every body is a pilates body. Worry less about how you look and more about how you feel. You were born to be real, not perfect. Don’t beat yourself up, build yourself up.

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Events, Activities, Healing

On Pointe – Pilates | Private Training

On Pointe – Pilates | Private Training

On Pointe – Pilates | Private Training

Focus on passion, not pounds. Count courage, not calories. Spread positivity, not impossibility. Think “better off”, not before and after. Care for yourself, don’t compare yourself. Every body is a pilates body. Worry less about how you look and more about how you feel. You were born to be real, not perfect. Don’t beat yourself up, build yourself up.

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