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Obi Jo

New Orleans, Louisiana
BA, MD, FACS, professor, researcher, patent holder, published author . . . then patient . . . now retired and focused on health reform, medical care and wellness issues. Blogging at: www.realhealthreformonline.com and www.benkazie.com
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New PAP guidelines advise women to delay testing by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/new-pap-guidelines-advise-women-to-dela As if the recent release of changes in recommendations regarding breast cancer early de ... Read on »
Senator Reid: Should You Opt-Out? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The press is singing the praises of Senator Harry Reid as an impresario of political tactics. Sadly, political tactics by the left and the right are what have most Ame ... Read on »
CONFUSION: No mammograms until age 50 ? No teaching breast self examination ? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/confusion-no-mammograms-until-age-50-no Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in women. An estimated 192, ... Read on »
“Pelosicare” bill passes in House, but what’s the point? by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy COMMENTARY: As the Senate prepares to vote on its version of health reform this week – reform may be a very misused word in this case – we can reflect on what the H ... Read on »
Vegetarian diet safe at all ages by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Vegetarian http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/vegetarian-diet-safe-at-all-ages/   It is increasingly clear that vegetarian diets, whether exclusive, or predominantly so, ... Read on »
Rapid H1N1 tests often fail to detect virus by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/rapid-h1n1-tests-often-fail-to-detect-v   Since H1N1 is overall a milder flu than even the seasonal flu, the need for rapid ident ... Read on »
CDC survey: 1 in 10 Americans not getting enough sleep by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/cdc-survey-1-in-10-americans-not-gettin   The negative effects of sleep deprivation are well known and become more detailed ... Read on »
House health reform bill up for vote by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, supposedly tomorrow will be the day for a vote in the House on HR 3962.  The House bill did receive a boost when it was endorsed by the AMA and AARP.  The AMA re ... Read on »
Fall-related ED visits rising for seniors by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/fall-related-ed-visits-rising-for-senio   Accidents are among the top 10 causes of death in those over 65.  Falls are far an ... Read on »
Sebelius, administration blamed for dearth of H1N1 vaccines by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy http://benkazie.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/sebelius-administration-blamed-for-dear Indeed, one cannot blame the President or Administration for every aspect of the recent ... Read on »
Medicare “logic” sadly lackingMarch 13, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This site has raised concerns over coverage limitations and rationing in health care before, especially in light of ongoing debates in Washington DC.  The article below ... Read on »
Feds release summary of HIT planMay 27, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The government has released it’s summary of  funding and expenditures for the implementation of the HIT strategy included in the recent recovery act.  The 8 page documen ... Read on »
Vermont targets payments to doctors by industryMay 21, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There is no doubt that there is misguided spending by drug and device companies, particularly in the arena of marketing.  It seems clear that many legislatures are bent ... Read on »
New Director of CDC NamedMay 15, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The new chief at CDC will have his hands full with many issues needing to be addressed. His history of no nonsense approaches to dealing with infectious diseases such as ... Read on »
Holding down costs or improving quality? Interest Groups Vow to Cut CostsMay 13, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Well, it is a great first step.  One fueled by self-interest, concerns about “thrival” (thriving survival), true desire to ev ... Read on »
There is no substitute for a good doctor or nurseMay 5, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy After much study, it should not be surprising that the best way to manage ill seniors, is by communication – between patients, nurses and doctors.   This communication e ... Read on »
COMMENTARY: The Spectre of SpecterMay 1, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Politics as Usual is the REAL Enemy of REAL HEALTH REFORM specter |ˈspektər| ( Brit. spectre) – noun – a ghost – something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or d ... Read on »
Pre-Existing Conditions: End the Game, Health Coverage for All NowApril 22, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The article referenced below says it all.  First, the employee based system is outmoded and dates from a post-WWII reality that no longer exists.  Persons change jobs an ... Read on »
Prescribed Informed TherapyApril 21, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Many claim to have coined the term “information therapy”.  The fact is that information “therapy” has been practiced by providers for decades, without their really knowi ... Read on »
“Can Healthcare Reform Finally Happen?”April 19, 2009 by Obi Jo Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you missed this, look for a replay on your local stations. One of the most even handed, open debates about health care reform we have seen. Highly recommend viewing ... Read on »