Authors Posts by Kenny Lin, MD, MPH

Kenny Lin, MD, MPH

Kenny Lin, MD, MPH
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Host, Common Sense Family Doctor. Dr. Kenny Lin is a board-certified Family Physician and Public Health professional practicing in the Washington, DC area. He also Associate Deputy Editor of the journal American Family Physician and teach family and preventive medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Fear-Mongering in Thyroid and Breast Cancer Screening

Physicians are finding and treating thousands of pseudo-cancers that would not have otherwise been found and don't need to be treated.

It May Not Be Low T, But It Is High Reward

How testosterone direct-to-consumer advertising helps pharma rake in the dough.

Update on the Ranking of Effective Clinical Preventive Services

Childhood vaccinations, tobacco screening in adults, and counseling kids not to start smoking top the list of effective clinical preventive services.
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HHS Nominee Doesn’t Understand the Basics of Cancer Screens

HHS nominee and physician, Tom Price, signed a letter sent to prior HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, making it clear he doesn't understand the basics of cancer epidemiology. Kenny Lin, MD thinks he might need a refresher course.
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It’s Time to Think of Voting as a Vital Sign

A family doc says, "If you are a primary care doc or clinician who works with the underserved, start asking people if they are registered to vote, then help them to do it." #VotingIsAVitalSign

Yes, Health Policy Agendas Can Be Bipartisan

A bipartisan group of state health policy leaders (Reforming States Group) recently released a letter to the incoming Administration that proposes a modest federal-state policy agenda designed to advance the Triple Aim.

Words Matter When Treating People with Addiction

When we label someone with an addiction a substance abuser, we send the message that the condition is less treatable and that the person is somehow to blame. Words matter.

What You Should Know About the HPV Vaccine

Although HPV vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective at reducing infection with the virus that causes cervical and oropharyngeal cancers, vaccination rates in the US are so low they have been labeled a serious public health threat.

Should Medical Guidelines Include Dissenting Opinions?

Would the airing of minority views within medical guidelines provide useful perspectives for patients, clinicians, or policymakers, or are conflicting guidelines from different organizations already confusing enough as it is?

The Case for Palliative Care in Heart Failure

Heart failure provides a good example of a non-cancer condition that benefits from palliative care, especially in its advanced stages.
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Can Medical Scribes Make Doctors and Patients Happier?

One of the authors reported that his increased efficiency and net revenue more than made up for cost of training and paying for an additional medical assistant functioning as a scribe.

Psychological Effects of Cancer Screening

Several years ago, a few colleagues and I performed a systematic evidence review to help update the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations on screening for prostate cancer.
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