When ‘Sitting is the New Smoking’ is Ever So Briefly “Supernatural”

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Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

Between Empire and Infinitely Polar Bear, bipolar disorder seems to be having a moment in popular culture right now…which is awesome! As a graduate student in the early 1990s, I was taught about stigma associated with mental health issues. Hopefully, people with bipolar disorder and their family and friends will see themselves in these portrayals and… Continue reading Bipolar Disorder Gets Even More Popular Treatment

EIC’s Focus on Health and Wellness (and Care?)

The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) initiatives were Encore!s before Encore! were Encores! Founded in 1983, EIC’s mission is to: [Encourage] the entertainment industry to more effectively address and accurately depict major health and social issues. [Serve] as a bridge for information between the entertainment industry and public policy members. [Be] instrumental in affecting social change through providing educational materials,… Continue reading EIC’s Focus on Health and Wellness (and Care?)

FEMA’s Rapid Response to “House of Cards”

I enjoy watching the Netflix original show House of Cards! I studied politics and health policy because I want to have a role in improving the quality of information that informs our health policy decisions. I am also intrigued by the drama of the political process. Elections, public opinion polls, news coverage and political events pit passionate… Continue reading FEMA’s Rapid Response to “House of Cards”

‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

Copied from The Hollywood Reporter “Please Like Me Star on How Family Mental Health Struggles Inspired His Show” by Aaron Couch on September 22, 2914 Making an autobiographical TV show can be dangerous for your personal relationships — but Australian comedian Josh Thomas has managed to use everything from his parents’ divorce to his mother’s struggles with mental health… Continue reading ‘THR’ on Show Inspired by a Family’s Mental Health Struggles

How “Parenthood” Broke Down The Autism Awareness Barrier

by Emily Orley, September 25, 2014 on BuzzFeed

With showrunner Jason Katims’ raw storytelling and the passion and dedication of young actor Max Burkholder, the NBC drama has depicted a journey never before seen on network television, shedding light on life on the spectrum.

(credit: AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes)
(credit: AP Photo / NBC, Colleen Hayes)

Autism Speaks, resource, advocacy and community “to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

In Onscreen Dramas, Health Experts Inject A Dose Of Reality

(a follow up to “Top 10 Tuesday: Coming to a Show Near You, the Affordable Care Act“) By Anna Gorman KHN Staff Writer September 17, 2014 The questions from producers run the gamut:  Could a body be stolen from a hospital? What do infectious disease specialists wear during an outbreak? Do surgeons really say “Stat!”?… Continue reading In Onscreen Dramas, Health Experts Inject A Dose Of Reality

Kudos to the 30+ broadcast and cable networks in the US and Canada simultaneously telecasting Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Tune in on Friday, September 5, 2014 for a “…star-studded appeal (that) will continue to build public support to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly to save lives and make cancer patients long-term cancer survivors.” One hundred percent of public donations support research.

Stand Up To Cancer logo (credit: StandUp2Cancer.org)

General Cancer Prevention Information
 (by the National Cancer Institute)

Fat Jokes and “Diabeats.” May be Clever. Shouldn’t be Funny.

I have to admit that I don’t normally watch awards shows. (My last Oscars viewing was an exception.) The thrill of seeing the winners and some of the performances is offset by the typically LONG productions with stuff in between that is not particularly interesting…to me. So, it is not surprising that I did not… Continue reading Fat Jokes and “Diabeats.” May be Clever. Shouldn’t be Funny.


Medicare penalizes hospitals for patient injuries (including infections) and rewards improved outcomes. “More Than 750 Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Patient Injuries” on Kaiser Health News, 6-22-14.

So, if this policy was enacted in the Grey’s Anatomy world after this incident, the Grey Sloan Memorial hospital would have to worry about their Medicare reimbursements…too.

Original Encore! – “Shades of Patient Safety on Grey’s