Recent Newspaper & Online Columns by Kate Scannell MD

Ebola virus and our epidemic of fear

August 20, 2014

Tags: Ebola, fear, media fear mongering, mixed messages, Emory University Hospital, CDC, Z-mapp, ethics

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 08/16/2014

I spent last week with an elderly, housebound friend -- and Ebola. Ebola virus everywhere! Ebola sneaking into the U.S.! Ebola lurking under our beds!

My friend, near 90-years old, was watching a 24-hour news station and becoming increasingly upset by fear-mongering and anxiety-amping commentary concerning the Ebola outbreak in Africa. In his small Midwest living room where he had lived for six decades and endured many of life's great tribulations, he was feeling increasingly fearful about Ebola. (more…)

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Tips for quitting tobacco from former smokers -- a CDC summer sequel

July 6, 2014

Tags: antismoking, smoking, tips from former smokers, CDC, Lucy Popova, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 07/05/2014

On Monday, coming to a theater near you -- and to TV, radio, online sites, newspapers and billboards as well -- the newest sequel to the national anti-smoking media campaign, "Tips from Former Smokers."

Produced by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the upcoming sequel again features actual former smokers whose lives were damaged or endangered by tobacco products. Their painfully true stories are regularly disturbing and consistently grim. In their telling, each participant hopes to encourage other smokers to quit, and to discourage prospective smokers from ever lighting up. Collectively, their messages provide a deadly serious reminder of the many -- and, perhaps, surprising -- ways that tobacco can disfigure a body, ruin a life, and cause human suffering. (more…)

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