Recent Newspaper & Online Columns by Kate Scannell MD

Cheerleading -- Gimme an 'S' for safety and sport!

June 24, 2014

Tags: Cheerleading, sport, Title IX, safety, CheerSafe, NCAA, AMA, AAP, National Women's Law Center, Cheerleading Quotes

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 06/20/2014

U can hold me, u can luv me,
u can kiss me, and u can touch me,
but don't u dare say cheerleading is not a sport!!!
-- From: Cheerleading Quotes, by Allie, NJ

At its annual meeting last week, the AmericanMedical Association (AMA) approved designating cheerleading as an official school sport. An official statement said: "The AMA recognizes the potential dangers now associated with cheerleading and believes steps should be taken to ensure the health and safety of individuals who participate in the time-honored tradition." (more…)

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Do doctors die differently? It's problematic that doctors offer end-of-life treatment that they would reject for themselves

June 9, 2014

Tags: how physicians die, advance directives, Stanford study, Periyakoil, end of life, advance directives, do doctors die differently

By Dr. Kate Scannell: Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 06/08/2014

The cancer had spread throughout her body. Fast-growing metastases had invaded her brain, lungs and bones despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She spent the last few weeks of her life "trying everything," all the while explicitly acknowledging that "everything" would do "nothing" to make her better.

She was right.

The so-called treatments sapped her energy and aliveness, depleting her capacity to think and interact with loved ones. She gagged at the mere sight of food, and her breathing became painful and laborious. Her hair gone, her skin peeling off at various places, her eyes dulled -- when she died, she was barely recognizable as her former self.

"She" was a doctor, someone I'd known as a friend. (more…)

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C-Sections and maternal mortality -- new data, new concerns

June 5, 2014

Tags: C-sections, maternal mortality, Kirsten Saleem MD, unnecessary C-sections, cesarian sections, ACOG

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 05/25/2014

The last few months have proved fertile ground for newsworthy reports of universal interest concerning the health of pregnant women and newborns, the likely overuse of C-sections, and the role of hospitals and health care providers in shaping parental decisions about childbirth. (more…)

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