August 4, 2017


90.1 WABE

These Classes Teach The Kiss Of Life — Exclusively For Pets

There's a growing demand for CPR and first aid courses for cats and dogs. Veterinarians often have mixed feelings about this trend.

Summer is a busy time for Anne Blanton — and a time full of adventures for her four-legged clients. Blanton is the owner of Brookhaven Barks, a pet-sitting agency mostly for dogs.

Blanton often has to deal with the flip side of summer temptations, in Georgia particularly — snakebites and heat strokes, for example, and all the nicks and cuts that come with exploring the outdoors. "I want to be fully prepared for any type of emergency," she says.

That's why she decided to enroll herself and her employees in a CPR and first aid course, one specifically designed for pets. I dropped in on a class in Atlanta.



July 26, 2017


Georgia Health News

Hyperventilating reporters and badly strained metaphors

Can the health care bill be resuscitated? Is it in critical condition? Or is the legislation heading for a full recovery? And will all the drama be too much for us? A personal perspective.

By nature, health policy isn't a "sexy" subject. It doesn't hold the excitement or mystique of wars, foreign crises and high-stakes diplomacy. There's rarely a glam factor in analyzing the inner workings or Medicare Part B or the long-term impact of hospital mergers.

Health policy is dry, detail-driven, technical and — yes — complicated, as President Trump has acknowledged.

Of late, however, health care experts and journalists covering health policy have been working in the spotlight, not just for a few days or a few weeks, but for almost 200 days. Since Trump took office, he and the Republican-dominated Congress have tried to make good on their campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The political results of the GOP effort have been modest so far. What's clear, however, is that the continuous debate over repeal and replace, repeal only, maybe rebuild and repair, or simply do nothing, has pushed health care reporters to desperately reach for handy medical metaphors, one after another.



July 5, 2017


90.1 WABE

In the Eyes of the Patient

Ophthalmologists are often among the first to detect serious diseases during routine exams

Only about half of all adult Americans get regular eye exams. That's according to the CDC. Yet a visit to an eye doctor cannot only improve vision. It can also save lives. Eye exams often reveal systemic diseases, some serious, like cancer, stroke, heart problems, and Multiple Sclerosis. Research at Emory and other universities even suggests that Alzheimer's may soon be detected early - with help of new eye imaging technology.



June 26, 2017



Deutschlandfunk / German National Public Radio

Filling The Gaps in the Safety Net

Charity clinics and community health centers are bracing for a major increase in uninsured patients, as efforts mount in the U.S. Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. More than 20 million Americans could lose their coverage under a new legislation.

Atlanta, Ga. -- The waiting room at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic is packed with patients, each of its 16 treatment rooms is occupied. Whether it's a cavity or a crown, a root canal or an infected wisdom tooth, dentures or implants: The downtown Atlanta clinic handles almost every dental ailment.

It's a normal day in a not so normal dental office.

"The Ben Massell Dental Clinic provides free service to the unserved in Atlanta," says the clinic's director, Keith Kirshner.

Ben Massell is one of about 1,200 charitable clinics in the United States. There's always a need for their services, says Kirshner, even though the need fluctuates, depending on political and economic changes.



April 24, 2017


Georgia Health News

Cold Caps are Gaining Traction in the United States

Scalp Cooling Technology Can Prevent Hair Loss during Chemotherapy, but the Treatment is Costly, Labor-Intensive and Doesn't Work for Every Patient. And there are Risks Involved, Doctors Warn.

Emily Ferguson is happy when she looks in the mirror and recognizes herself, a slender and athletic woman with medium blonde hair cut at shoulder length. And she’s relieved that she doesn’t have to worry about how to cover her head when she goes for a run, or swims in the ocean with her three kids. Feeling and looking normal, Ferguson says, sometimes helps her forget that she’s ill.


April 14, 2017


90.1 WABE

Bridging Cancer and Beauty

Atlanta hairdresser pushes his peers to ramp up knowledge about side effects of chemotherapy

The number of cancer cases is expected to rise by 70 percent over the next two decades, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Many of those patients suffer from the side effects of treatment, like hair loss. They create a growing market -- not just for hospital wig clinics, but also for regular hair salons and beauty spas. Several industry pioneers call to raise the professional bar for hairdresser training and education.



February 2017



Thank you, Mr. President

I’m grateful to Donald Trump. Seriously. First, let me put something straight. That’s critical, especially while speaking with Europeans, because one gets quickly misunderstood for saying anything remotely positive about the new president of the United States.

So, here it comes: For the record, I did not vote for this guy. In fact, he scares me. As a native German and naturalized U.S. citizen I may very soon find myself in the midst of a severe transatlantic storm. And as a journalist, I am, according to Mr. Trump and his advisors, “among the most dishonest human beings on earth” and should keep my “mouth shut.” So I’m in trouble all round.

So why am I grateful to Donald Trump? He helped me clean up my social life.



November 2016


Atlanta Magazine

Outstanding Outcomes

Throughout metro Atlanta, physicians are saving lives by providing comprehensive care during medical emergencies.

Whether their quick thinking stops a stroke victim from suffering lasting damage or their proactive diagnoses work to keep cancer at bay, some of the most talented doctors in the country work at hospitals near you, and their careful decision-making protects the people you love. Here are three stories about amazing medical outcomes.



October 13, 2016


Georgia Health News

Diagnosis: Germ Magnet

The white lab coat, a long-standing status symbol for physicians, is under attack for spreading bacteria and viruses. But doctors are hesitant to ditch the iconic garment.

Sylvia Wright hails from a family where white coats have a long tradition. The Atlanta-based dermatologist and partner at Peachtree Dermatology Associates is a fourth generation physician. For her, the white coat represents "the honor, the service and the commitment of practicing medicine."

Wright could be the last in her line of ancestors to wear the signature garment for doctors. The century-old symbolic garb has come under attack in the United States, and in some European countries.



September 2016


International Transport Journal

Pulp Politics

Do you remember the movie “Bob Roberts”, a satirical mockumentary about a right wing folk singer/self-made millionaire who’s running for the U.S. Senate?

Or, “Wag the Dog”, a dark comedy in which a group of spin doctors construct a fictional war to distract from the president’s sex scandal? Or are you, like myself, a fan of the TV show “House of Cards” that tells the story of a ruthless power couple on their way to the White House?

The current election season in America hardly falls short of all this fiction. Pulp Politics, politics as entertainment, has reached its pinnacle this year.