Recent Newspaper & Online Columns by Kate Scannell MD

We are getting older

November 16, 2014

Tags: aging, increasing lifespan, National Center for Health Statistics, Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde, getting older

Kate Scannell, MD, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 11/16/2014

In my medical practice, patients often asked what they could do in hopes of attaining long lives. But the funny thing was, no one wanted to accomplish that if it required actual aging -- which it most certainly did. Like Oscar Wilde's fictional character Dorian Gray, they hoped to pass through time without time passing through them, affecting their bodies and health, stealing their youth.

But, looking at the proverbial big picture, it's quite evident that "getting older" is what we are, indeed, doing. New research released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics confirms that the average life expectancy -- the expected average number of years of life remaining -- continues to lengthen for people in the U.S. (more…)

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The imperiled health of homeless people

November 3, 2014

Tags: health and homelessness, cancer and homelessness, Margot Kushel, Michele, Deanie Hubbell, Women's Cancer Resourcse Center, Lancet, medical respite model

By Kate Scannell, MD, Syndicated Columnist
First published in print: 11/02/2014

“The bottom line," she says, "is that I'm dying."

Michele's words are not merely philosophical speculation about our universal human condition. Rather, she speaks from her painfully acute personal circumstances that are shaped by her advanced cancer and her inability to access life-sustaining treatment -- treatment that remains beyond her reach because she is homeless. (more…)

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