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Experts recommend fewer lab tests for hospitalized patients

October 20, 2017

Via: ScienceDaily Health

In a review article publishing this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, physicians at Johns Hopkins, along with experts from several other institutions across north America, compiled published evidence and crafted an experience-based quality improvement blueprint to reduce repetitive lab testing […]


Opinions

Medical News Today: What is DNA?

October 20, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

DNA is perhaps the most famous biological molecule present in all forms of life on earth. But what is DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid? Here, we cover the essentials. Virtually every cell in your body contains DNA or the genetic code […]


Opinions

Should We All Be Taking Statins?

October 19, 2017

Via: Forbes

Back in 2011, I asked whether we should all be on statins. At the time, it was clear that statins offered benefits for people who had already suffered heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular problems. But for the rest of […]


Opinions

Medical News Today: What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

October 19, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

Sitting in a cold tank might seem an odd path to health. But the trend, which goes by the name of cryotherapy, is becoming increasingly popular. People, including self-described “Iceman” Wim Hof, claim that extreme cold can improve mental and […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Here’s how to snag the best Medicare Advantage Plan

October 18, 2017

Via: CNBC

Medicare open enrollment is underway, which means you have until Dec. 7 to sign up for an Advantage Plan or to make changes to the one you already have. If you’re uncertain whether one of these plans is right for […]


Opinions

Female doctors have high rates of burnout: Here’s why

October 17, 2017

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

Studies show women make excellent physicians, but they experience burnout at higher rates than their male colleagues. Female doctors also have higher rates of depression than average – so what’s going on? A study from JAMA Internal Medicine showed patients […]


Opinions

Is rushing your child to the ER the right response?

October 16, 2017

Via: ScienceDaily Health

If a child gets a small burn from a hot pan, starts choking or swallows medication, parents may struggle to decide whether to provide first aid at home or rush them to the hospital, suggests a new national poll. Only […]


Opinions

If you miss this Medicare deadline, it could hurt your health

October 10, 2017

Via: CNBC

It’s likely you’ve started hearing chatter about Medicare’s open enrollment period, which begins Sunday and runs through early December. If you’re like many older Americans, the question is whether you need to do anything. Put simply, it depends. “A lot […]


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Why Concierge Medicine Is Going To Boom

October 9, 2017

Via: Forbes

In the United States, the healthcare system is in need of significant repairs. The likelihood of these repairs happening in today’s politically charged environment is pretty low. At the same time, the healthcare systems in other countries are also broken […]


Opinions

High-sugar diets raise heart disease risk in healthy people

October 6, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

A groundbreaking study has found that just 3 months on a high-sugar diet alters fat metabolism in such a way that it may cause even healthy people to raise their risk of heart disease. The study suggests that the liver […]


Opinions

Are expensive cancer drugs being approved without enough proof that they work?

October 6, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Recent research indicates that only half of the cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) showed benefit in patients. Since most cancer drugs cost about $100,000 per patient per year, it is not surprising that cancer is one […]


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Nicotine poisoning symptoms: Can you overdose on too much nicotine?

October 6, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

Nicotine, found naturally in tobacco plants, is the chemical responsible for the addictive nature of cigarettes, cigars, and many e-cigarettes. Until recent years, nicotine poisoning was a relatively rare occurrence and tended to be linked to exposure to insecticides containing […]


Opinions

Working Nights May Pose Special Risk for Abdominal Obesity

October 4, 2017

Via: MedPageToday

Those who work night shifts may be at an increased risk for abdominal obesity, researchers reported. In a meta-analysis, there was a higher frequency of abdominal obesity reported among workers who were scheduled on night shifts versus other types of […]


Opinions

Full-term babies born early may suffer adverse health outcomes later in life

September 29, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Researchers at the University of Queensland reported this week that full-term babies born just a few weeks early are more likely to have poor physical fitness throughout life compared with babies of longer gestation. The average human gestation period is […]


Opinions

How Can We Encourage More Organ Donations?

September 28, 2017

Via: Forbes

Now that the malevolent Graham-Cassidy bill has died, my focus is returning to helping people in more positive ways. One is to come together and help each other through organ donation. The wait list for organs has been growing much […]