Andrew Holtz, MPH:
Communicating Healthy Insights
of House, M.D.
What is fact
and what is fantasy in the
gripping episodes of the hit Fox TV show?
My book investigates
the bizarre cases assigned to
brilliant, but flawed, diagnostic whiz Gregory House, M.D. Are the
cases credible? And what of the arrogant, though talented, character
played by talented (but hardly arrogant) British actor Hugh Laurie? How
would Dr. House fare in the real world of medical? Would he be a hero
or an outcast? Would patients love him or hate him?
Get the inside scoop on
the mix of reality and drama... and
some surprising insights to what this show reveals about modern
an Emmy-winning medical
correspondent for CNN, now independently
covering health and medicine, I have documented
explosive growth in medical knowledge. I can help translate the
of research findings into clear and useful messages for your meeting
for general audiences>>
two decades experience
reporting on health and medical, as well as a master degree in Health
Education, I have a unique perspective on the challenges of
communicating health information to the public.
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spent decades in the
trenches as a working journalist. I know the challenges you face. I can
help you do a better job making sense of the health beat... and making
compelling stories out of complex issues.
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"Andrew is among the most talented and experienced
reporters in the country."
Davis, PhD, former Executive
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are some of the topics I can
speak on. Browse through the stories
I have reported for CNN, PBS,
for more subjects.
Can we prevent youth from starting to smoke or chew
tobacco? Can we
smokers quit? My research (supported by a fellowship
grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation ) suggests
to counter tobacco use can work. The problem is that these campaigns
often sabotaged politically. What works, what doesn't, and why? The
are found in a story that involved hundreds of thousands of lives,
of billions of dollars, and the fates of an industry and future
-Genetic Crystal Balls
Do you want to know how and when you may die?
offer that ultimate knowledge to some people; and the number of genetic
tests is multiplying at a fantastic rate. Even if you don’t want to
what your genome foretells, can you prevent your insurance company or
boss from testing you? Genetic answers are coming, learn how to handle
-The Alzheimer's Tidal Wave
Your brain may be dying. Experts say if you live
long enough, you will
develop Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias. But as they make this
predictions, useful treatments and preventive measures hover just over
the horizon. Could common pain pills or vitamins stave off the "thief
memories?" Find out what's ahead, and what to do now about the threat
Alzheimer's to you and your family.
-Mammograms, PSA’s, and Cholesterol, Oh, My!
Confused? No wonder. Find out why top medical
experts often disagree.
how to find out what's best for you; following the popular advice may
be the healthiest course!
Expert #1 says:
Expert #2 says:
"All women should get annual
mammograms starting at age
"There's no clear evidence that
annual mammograms before
actually save lives."
"PSA tests can save men from
"Routine PSA screening tests may
subject many men to
surgery that leaves most impotent."
"If every adult got regular
cholesterol tests, many lives
"Cholesterol testing of healthy
young adults is worthless
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