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Kathlyn S. Patient Expert

St. Paul, Minnesota
I'm an independent health and science writer. I'm interested in public policies, new research, and learning more about spirituality and healing. Personal interests include travel, photography and volunteering on worthwhile projects.
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Canine Model of ALS Emerges by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Researchers have found that dogs with a neurodegenerative disorder share a gene mutation similar to that for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in humans. The finding could ... Read on »
Public disclosure of physician-industry ties part of a new trend in transparency by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Led by academic institutions, numerous healthcare organizations have instituted public disclosure requirements. This week, Minneapolis-based Park Nicollet Health Services be ... Read on »
Where do Minnesota robins go in the winter? by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was surprised to look out my window this morning and see a flock of six or seven robins on my step.   Why? Well, first, I’m not accustomed to seeing them in flocks. ... Read on »
Will Gupta's ratings explode with Surgeon General nod? -- Michael Collins by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The appointment of television celebrity, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, MD, as Surgeon General of the United States looks like the boldest step yet in the creation of a "virtual" cabinet ... Read on »
Melamine Infant Formula (cartoon) by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's setting of a "safe" level of melamine in foods, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced its own safety level of 0.2 ... Read on »
Researchers: Antipsychotic drugs are overprescribed for Alzheimer’s patients by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine New antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa are routinely prescribed to manage aggressiveness and agitation in Alzheimer's patients.A new study finds tha ... Read on »
Pharmaceutical trade group adopts voluntary moratorium on gifts to doctors by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Responding to a growing chorus of criticism about pharmaceutical company influence over medical practice, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ( PhRMA ) ... Read on »
Men more prone to coffee’s buzz; women respond better to decaf by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Caffeine has a greater effect on men than women, and those effects come in as little as 10 minutes after consumption, according to a new study published in Progress in Neuro ... Read on »
New findings on ‘toxic mold’ will further debate by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Mold toxins in buildings damaged by moisture are much more prevalent and more potent than previously thought, according to new international research from Lund University in ... Read on »
Exclusive: Finding Lacusovagus by Mark Witton by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Like most folks who’re rather chaotically organised and cannot say ‘no’ to extra work, my office desk isn’t the tidiest of places. In fact, it’s less of a desk and more of a ... Read on »
Gaza Voices, American Silence - Kenneth Ring, PhD by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Author's note: Just after this article was written, it became evident that Israel is likely to launch at least a limited attack on Gaza, which only heightens the sense of ur ... Read on »
Lipofat probably not what alternative fuels advocates had in mind by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Those innovative Californians. Until recently, Beverly Hills liposuction doctor Craig Alan Bittner kept his and his girlfriends’ SUVs running on fat sucked out of his pat ... Read on »
Test Article by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system test. Just a system ... Read on »
Economy and Drug Prices - Sam Uretsky by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For more images by Adam Rhoades visit his site onflickr.     The money isn’ ... Read on »
Neurology Scans - a new Flesh & Stone feature by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The field of neurology intersects with so many aspects of research, culture, business and politics that it seems important to pass along some of the interesting finds that m ... Read on »
Medical conscience rule blends religion and medicine by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Thecontroversial new Health and Human Services ruleprotecting the “conscience rights” of healthcare workers has some kick to it, namely the loss of government funding and asso ... Read on »
Study: Phytochemicals in natural olive oil suppress breast cancer cells by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Phytochemicals found in extra-virgin olive oil may suppress the gene HER2 which is responsible for the formation of breast cancer cells, say authors of a new study published ... Read on »
Consumer advocates and health experts see opportunity to put food safety programs on track by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In response to a growing number of public health disasters such as tainted heparin, meat infections and recalls, questionable labeling and approval of certain chemicals and ... Read on »
What a great year for an alternative Christmas by Kathlyn S. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For years many of us have contemplated having an alternative Christmas or a green Christmas, or at least cutting back on our mass consumption. According toone national su ... Read on »