Monthly Archives: April 2011

“The Coach And The Critic” Blog Comes To Life Online: A Discussion About Caregivers That I Will Never Forget

On March 11 I wrote a blog about caregivers.  That blog (“The Coach And The Critic: Stories Of Caregivers Where ‘Kill Me’ Is Not An Option”) focused on a session I had attended at the annual meeting of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network devoted to caregivers.  But the impact of that experience was far greater than I could ever hope to capture in my writing that day.


Now, the panel is available online for you to see for yourself.  It has been posted on the NCCN website in two different formats: in one, you can see the entire session which runs for a considerable period of time.  In the other, it has been broken into shorter segments around a specific question or topic of discussion.


For me, it’s a no-brainer: watching the whole show is worth the effort to get the full impact of what the panelists had to say that day.  But we live in a sound-bite world, so for many of you it may be the short versions that work.  And for those of you who don’t have more than a few seconds of attention span to devote to online content, this probably isn’t going to be for you.  And … Continue reading →

Smoke Free Laws Are One Of The Greatest Public Health Successes In This Country

There’s a lot we know about what could be done to improve the health of the public.  At the same time, there is a lot we can’t seem to get done when it comes to improving the health of the public.


Against that somewhat pessimistic background, the report that came out today about the success of indoor smoking laws in the United States over the past decade serves as an outstanding example of what can be done when people make up their minds that they are going to do something positive to improve their personal health and the health of their country.


In fact, I will go so far as to say that the long-term impact over decades of what has been accomplished to reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke in this country over the past 10 years rivals some of the great public health accomplishments in this country.  Yes, my friends, it is that significant. [more]


The report, which appeared in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” outlines the number of states that have various levels of compliance with smoke-free indoor air rules, from complete to partial to no compliance.… Continue reading →