Archive for the Policy Category

What the March for Science Protestors Can Learn from Mean Girls

May 04

“You can’t sit with us” were the famous words spoken by Gretchen Wieners when they finally determined that Regina George, their former leader, was no longer a part of the Plastics in the movie Mean Girls. Regina reacted in the only way she knew how in order to ease her pain and maintain her perceived […]

How the World Wins When Presidents Survive Disease

Sep 15

As Barack Obama’s presidency comes to an end, there’s a lot of discussion about legacy and predictions about how he’ll be remembered. It has me thinking about how we remember the other men who have held that high office. Those who are considered our top presidents have profound epitaphs, but their contributions to public health […]

It’s Personal

Nov 03

We are entering a new frontier in medicine. It’s a world shaped by personalized medicine or what we fondly describe as “precision health care”. Genetic profiling or unraveling our genetic code will lead to improved diagnoses and targeted therapies so that the beneficial effects of therapeutics outnumber the side effects. Pharmacogenomics, proteomics, epigenomics, metagenomics, metabolomics […]

Practice informing research informing practice at ACR 2014

Oct 31

With over 1000 presentations, more than 300 posters, and 1200 attendees, it was impossible to capture everything at the 2014 Association for Consumer Research North American Conference. For every talk I attended (e.g.,Choice Architecture; Aging Consumers: Beyond Chronological Age;  Interplay Effect of Goals and Planning on Consumer Welfare), there were several concurrent ones that I […]

Passionate About Sex

Jun 02

Recently, I gave the commencement address for the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Soon after I received this invitation, I asked some of my colleagues if they could recall their commencement speakers and their speeches. Uniformly, none could remember! So, in order to not join that esteemed collection of forgotten addresses, they suggested that […]

Potential Changes to Social Media in North Korea

Mar 07

For the first time, North Korea’s sole mobile service provider, Koryolink, allowed visiting foreigners to bring their phones into North Korea and have access to the internet on the 3G network. This same wireless internet is not yet available to North Koreans since they are governed by separate telecommunication rules. It is unfortunate that North […]

A New Spin on Healthy School Lunches

Sep 06

I can still vividly remember standing in line at my high school cafeteria waiting for whatever “meal” I’d be given. In the late ‘90s healthy school lunches weren’t even a consideration, at least not at my school, with grease-laden stromboli, breakfast for lunch (i.e. cinnamon rolls, french toast sticks and sausage), and fries frequenting the […]

Back to School Season Brings Challenges Yet Hope

Aug 14

As the beaches empty, the traffic congestion returns to normal, and shopping discounts for clothes and school supplies all signal the end to summer and the start of a new school year, one may wonder what the new school term will bring for many students across the country besides new friends and homeroom classes. With […]

“China’s Evolving Social Health Initiative: A Metaphor for New China?”

May 01

*The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.* World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health literacy: The cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good […]

The National Prevention Strategy: A Piece of the Recovery Pie?

Jun 17

We, as Americans, find ourselves living in a time of astounding debt– $14.3 trillion to be exact. Many Americans are worried about their own financial future and freedom as well as the fiscal outlook of our country. As the Administration scrambles to find a solution, parties are further divided over the ‘best’ way to help […]

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