Marcia Frellick
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Examples of health care articles:

Should Docs Stop Providing Routine Care in the Era of COVID-19? As the crisis deepens, medical facilities must prioritize care.

What's Been Lost: A Physician, His Son and the Sri Lanka Attacks: Washington, DC, fifth-grader Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa was one of at least 253 people killed on Easter Sunday, 2019, in a terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka. The physician's son wanted to be a neuroscientist.

New HCV drugs are cost-effective, but who should get them?
Rationing is already happening with these $1,000-per-pill treatments. Here's what the ethicists say.

Illinois Medicaid moves to managed care : Sherry Loveless hasn't left her bedroom in years because of her medical condition. Managed-care Medicaid may make all the difference for people like her.  This Chicago Tribune/Kaiser Health News project explores the change.

ACA repeal won't be quick or easy: President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are looking for a way to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without millions of Americans losing health insurance. However, quick and easy is unlikely, experts say.

Tax on sugary drinks could reduce obesity rate: Taxing sugar-sweetened soft drinks at 20% would cut the number of obese adults in the United Kingdom by 180,000 (1.3%) and the numbers of overweight adults by 285,000 (0.9%), researchers report in a study published online October 31 in BMJ.

Dentists confront disability: Nearly 1 in 3 dentists will face disability at some point in their career. It's not always physical injury that can shutter an office.

Dear Plagiarist: Physician Confronts Reviewer Who Stole His Study: A reviewer for the Annals of Internal Medicine admits he stole a Boston researcher's work, added his own name, changed the names of the coauthors and the region of the cohort and got the work published in another journal.

FDA drug approvals: Quality of evidence varies widely: Although many patients and physicians assume that the safety and effectiveness of new drugs are well understood, the quality of clinical trial evidence the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses for approvals varies widely, new research indicates.

Conference coverage

2016 HIV Drug Therapy Glasgow:
Anthony Fauci: Follow the science to end the AIDS epidemic.

2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting:
Mediterranean diet cuts AMD risk by more than a third.

2015 15th European AIDS Conference:
Europe struggles to meet 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets

2015 IDWeek Coverage for Medscape Medical News included ebola fallout and chikungunya progression in addition to news from HIV/HCV studies.
2015 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)  Topics included 3D printing, breast imaging, breast density debate.

2015 European AIDS Conference 


Personal essays

Bringing Eddie Home, an adoption adventure

Part One:
Would you consider a boy? The yearlong wait to get what we thought would be our little girl from Ukraine, started with a surprise question.
Part Two: Escape from the hospital? Couldn't blame him. Next stop is the courtroom where a judge will decide whether we must stay another month.
Part Three: At journey's end: The judge's decision, a frantic search for documents and a long flight home.
Father Knows Best: Lessons learned from a Depression-baby father who saves soap chips and wrapping paper.

My Sun-Times Day: News editor turns wedding planner.
Consumer articles:

The other side of Illinois' unemployment picture:

Banks sound off off new complaints database A new public complaints database has consumer advocates cheering and the banking industry saying that companies will be unfairly smeared with raw data that don’t tell the whole story.
Divorcing women often fall into health insurance gap New research shows one in four divorcing women lose health insurance and often don't find an affordable solution for years.

How you can check someone else's credit: Checking your own credit is easy but if you need to check someone else's-- after a death or in managing a family member's finances -- the process gets trickier.

15 times you should never use a credit card: After midnight, for starters, but there are many more times when you should step away from the swiper.

Does "good debt" still exist? With the skyrocketing costs of a college education, high unemployment and a lagging housing market, does it still make sense to rack up student loan or mortgage debt?

What's in store for Illinois after the recession: How will the new economic climate affect jobs, home buying and investments?

Illinois' housing market freefall: Economists say several factors are conspiring to keep the numbers from recovering and they don't expect good news even a year from now.

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