The Madness of March, 2019

The competition throughout the NCAA basketball season is always high but as soon as March rolls around it changes dramatically. March Madness. Teams are no longer just competing against other teams, but they are competing for spots, wins, and championships. Brackets start forming, bets are on the table and the...

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No Drugs! Death, Maybe

How many student athletes die from steroid use? That was the first thought to cross my mind after hearing that Clemson players, Dexler Lawrence, Zach Giella and Braden Galloway, were suspended from the BCS Championship Playoff. Despite having filed an appeal last week, they won’t be on the field tonight...

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Curiosity and Heart Screenings

This article appeared in Medpage Today. Are physicians in Europe more curious than physicians in the United States? I get that impression after reading headlines from the recent study about soccer players and heart screenings in England: “Screening fails to predict most heart deaths in young soccer players” (Reuters) “More young footballers dying of heart...

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An Apple a Day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. I heard this as a kid, and now as a parent, I always look for healthy advice and habits to pass on to my kids. This week, the apple became even more important in the prevention of disease. Apple announced that its...

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NFL Picks Simon’s Fund

The Cleveland Browns will likely pick Myles Garrett. The 49ers, Solomon Thomas, and so on and so forth. But yesterday, at the Draft Kick Off Event, the NFL picked Simon’s Fund. Ron Jaworski, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and co-host of the 2017 Draft, called out Simon’s Fund, the Philadelphia School District and...

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Testimony – House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs (Maine)

Chairwoman Kornfield and Chairman Langley thank you for allowing me to testify today before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee in support of LD 1051 – an Act to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest. My name is Darren Sudman. I am the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Simon’s Fund, an organization dedicated...

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Yeah, But You Don’t Save Lives

Funny story. My son died twelve years ago from an undetected heart condition. My husband and I started this foundation to provide free heart screenings for kids. We were thinking that if other parents had the chance to check their kids’ hearts, maybe their kids wouldn’t die from detectable and...

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Now Spit

Previously posted in Huffington Post on December 13, 2016 I went to the dentist for my six month check up last week. I didn’t want to be there. Are you surprised? I hate all of the poking and scraping. It was also the day before my daughter’s 14th birthday. I...

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The Heart of Mike Pence

Published previously in Huffington Post It’s official. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is Trump’s pick for Veep (great show, by the way). Most people are “meeting” him for the first time. I “met” him in March 2014, when he became the fourth Governor to sign the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act...

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Mother’s Day – Post Mortem

Published in the Huffington Post Another Mother’s Day is in the books. It is my 44th. For thirty-one years, the day was dedicated to honoring my mother. In my 32nd year, we welcomed Sally, our first child. Whoa did Mother’s Day change! It became so much more special and relevant...

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