‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Preclinical Research Findings Not Replicable–Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

‘The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed on many factors, … But recently a new culprit has emerged: too many basic scientific discoveries… are wrong.’~C. Glenn Begley It’s nothing new. Over 3 decades ago the problem was… Continue Reading

When the Oncologist Talks. . .Not Everybody Listens: National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Remember that old commercial? No, not the one where you should have had a V8. Or even the one where the voice croons to you, “And like a good neighbor. . .” and you can’t help but sing out, “Statefarm is… Continue Reading

Quality Over Quantity?: It’s the Patient’s To Decide: Cancer Fatigue Awareness Day

I’ve got some men in my life who are seriously big eaters. Forces to be reckoned with. Hosting a barbecue for them requires much advanced planning–plus a significant financial outlay at the butcher’s. One’s on the Atkins Diet–again–and watching him down… Continue Reading


Faking Grief: When an Expression Reveals the Truth

My son–now a professor, an educator of today’s youth, a scientist in search of truth–was, in his salad days, a world-class faker. He particularly perfected his art when it came to faking illness in order to get out of school.… Continue Reading


Not ‘Normal’ Anymore?: Complicated Bereavement

I am not just the founding mother, but am also the most decorated member of my children’s fan club. At rallies I come equipped with buttons, balloons and noise-makers, wearing electric blue shirts with the kids’ names inscribed.  I’m a… Continue Reading


“More willing to fund criminal justice than mental health:” Chicago’s Criminalization of the Mentally Ill

“The largest mental health provider in the state of Illinois is the Cook County Jail.” ~ Tom Dart, Cook County (IL) Sheriff Thus Tom Dart welcomes you to the largest mental health facility in the state of Illinois–Cook County jail. Just… Continue Reading


“Oops, I Think I Did It Again:” Yet Another Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

The words instill dread in the hearts of the American public. While cancer remains top vote-getter in the frightening arena, with 41% of respondents to a 2011 survey for the MetLife Foundation in 2011 conferring upon it ‘most-feared’ status [see “The Winner… Continue Reading


The Damage of a Long Commute–Putting Your Life in Danger?

I have a pretty good commute, all things considered. I have to move myself from my upstairs, down one–possibly two, depending on where I am at the moment–flights, propel myself around a corner, open a door, and deposit myself on… Continue Reading


They say there’s no such thing as schizophrenia? We politely disagree.

On Monday, the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) is going public with their statement about mental illness (which is a wee bit confusing, as I already know what they’re going to say, and if I know it, it’s fair to say… Continue Reading


May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

Yup, it’s May, and, therefore, thanks to House Resolution #1005, passed 4/1/08, it’s also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. [If you’re into politics, or are just plain curious, the House passed the Resolution by a vote of 414-0–for real–and, just… Continue Reading


‘The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated’: As Is the Correlation of Antidepressants With Suicide

  “The Reports of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated.” ~ Mark Twain You can always count on Mark Twain for a response, even in the most awkward of circumstances. In 1897, Mark Twain failed to return to New York City… Continue Reading