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.



August 21, 2016


Welt am Sonntag

In the Eyes of the Patient

From arthritis and cancer to high cholesterol: Eyes often serve as the body’s early warning system - U.S. researchers are working on retinal scans for early Alzheimer’s detection

Whether it’s a routine checkup, a case of pink eye, or the need for new glasses: A visit to the eye doctor can save lives.

Sounds surprising? In fact, ophthalmologists are frequently among the first to spot systemic diseases that can potentially be fatal.

The eyes may be the proverbial windows to the soul, but for physicians, they are also windows to the brain, the heart, the blood stream, the nervous and immune systems. Eyes are a sensitive and highly efficient early warning mechanism for the human body.



 July 7, 2016

Jüdische Allgemeine

Jews Before News

The American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) focuses on dealing with ethical conflicts in journalism 

The Jewish-American media remains a strong niche voice in the United States, but it has not escaped the same problems that plague global media.

“The common challenge we share with mainstream media is looking for survival strategies in times of declining print revenue,” says Rick Kestenbaum, current president of the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA).

There are also unique challenges for Jewish media, primarily “the declining level of engagement of Jews in their communities over time,” says Kestenbaum, who is also general manager of The New Jersey Jewish News.

Speaking with members of AJPA I heard many different opinions, perspectives, warnings, interpretations, anecdotes – and stories of new beginnings.



June 22, 2016


90.1 WABE

Higher Workloads Are Leaving US Doctors In Distress

Long hours, higher patient load, financial pressures, and a pile of bureaucracy: Physician burnout is on the rise in the United States.

“I think that medicine is all encompassing,” says Dr. Lisa Robbins, a primary care physician with a practice in Stone Mountain. “It just takes up so much of your energy, your time, your whole self.” Robbins has been a doctor for over 20 years. She says there have been many moments in her career where she felt empty, exhausted, without joy.

The burnout rate among physicians in the United States has jumped 10 percent in the last five years. According to a study by the Mayo clinic, more than half suffer from one form or another of burnout. Also, the suicide rate among physicians is higher than the national average, and many doctors are prone to substance abuse.