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Unmasked Marauders
It's hard to believe that some people don't feel masks are necessary. A new study makes clear just how far COVID spreads when people talk. Read more >

Telemedicine: The Doctor Will See You Online
Telemedicine could free up hospital staff and offer a safer way for patients to see their doctors during the pandemic and beyond. Read more >

Sexual Orientation and Teen Doctor Appointments
Doctor appointments can be tricky for teens who see themselves as non-binary. Most prefer for providers to bring up gender identity. Read more >

Curbing COVID-19
Scientists are looking at the best ways to curtail the spread of the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Here's what seems to have worked. Read more >

Why You Probably Don't Need a Medical Mask
It's natural, but not necessarily wise to think of using a mask for protection from the COVID-19 virus. Here's who should -- and shouldn't. Read more >

The Truth about Testosterone Treatments
Men looking to improve their sex lives are easy prey for the testosterone supplements industry. The ACP has some guidelines. Read more >

Unnecessary Pediatric Care
Taking a child to the doctor for a cold or mild fever is an example of low value healthcare. It's usually a waste of healthcare resources. Read more >

The Paperwork Driving Healthcare Costs
Americans know they pay way more for healthcare than Canadians do, but they may be surprised to learn what's driving up the costs. Read more >

Sidestepping Food Allergies
Exposing babies to foods like eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and milk early on makes kids less likely to go on to develop food allergies. Read more >

Diagnosis by Social Media
Social media sites like Reddit are being used to “crowd-diagnose” STDs. What does this say about the healthcare system? Read more >

Timing Is Everything
When you take blood pressure medications may make a big difference in your risk of heart problems or stroke. Read more >

Breastfeeding Helps Mothers' Health, Too
Breastfeeding seems to help balance some of the metabolic problems pregnancy can bring, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Read more >

Heart Patients and Cardiac Rehab
Heart patients benefit mentally and physically from exercise. So why is it so rarely prescribed after a heart attack? Read more >

In Line at the Drug Store
Chronic diseases often mean multiple prescriptions and trips to the pharmacy. Medication synchronization programs streamline the process. Read more >

Hospital Stays Can Bring Blood Pressure Problems
People who are sent home on higher doses of blood pressure meds after a hospital stay are at far great risk for readmission -- and fainting. Read more >

Poor Marks for Hospital Rating Sites
Hospital ranking sites are not as reliable as patients think. Many received extremely low grades when a group of doctors rated them. Read more >

Virtual Freud
Virtual reality is proving to be a useful way to deliver therapy. It's the perfect way to see yourself in a new light. Read more >

Blood Pressure: Both Numbers Matter
Diastolic pressure, the lower number in a blood pressure reading, is often viewed as insignificant. New findings say that's far from true. Read more >

A Year of Birth Control Pills Cuts Unplanned Pregnancies
When veterans were given a year's supply of oral contraceptives, instead of 90 days, the risk and costs of unplanned pregnancies went down. Read more >

Doctors Arguing for a Single-Payer System
Processing billing and insurance for a typical doctor visit takes up so much time it amounts to 12 percent of your insurance premiums. Read more >

Cleaner Air Cuts Kids' Asthma
There was a stunning drop in childhood asthma rates in the communities around Los Angeles after air pollution regulations were put in place. Read more >

Plants' Infection-Fighting Promise
Plants used to help wounded soldiers during the Civil War show promise when it comes to drug-resistant bacteria. Read more >

Helping Caregivers of Dementia Patients
Burnout and depression are common among those caring for people with dementia. Enjoying positive moments, however fleeting, makes it better. Read more >

Not Alzheimer's
There are many forms of dementia. This may not matter to caregivers, but it could make a difference to treatment. Read more >

You Forgot to Ask...
People often forget what they meant to ask their doctors. An app can help you make the most of your doctor visit. Read more >

Operating at a Loss
Gastric bypass surgery can work wonders. But it's not magic. A study looked at what helped people keep the weight off and what didn't. Read more >

Fertility Tracking Via App
To conceive or not to conceive: By plugging in information about their monthly cycles, women can plot when fertility is at a peak. Read more >

Screening for Osteoporosis with Ultrasound
Ultrasounds of a bone in your heel may be a low-cost alternative to DEXA scans for osteoporosis screening. Read more >

FDA Approves Esketamine for Major Depression
The most potent form of the club drug Special K has been put on a fast track to help those with treatment-resistant depression. Read more >

Insurers' Obstacles to Opioid Treatment
Buprenorphine relieves the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, yet insurance coverage for the drug is falling. Read more >

Osteoporosis: Often Overlooked in Men
Thinning bones are as dangerous to men as they are in women, yet few doctors screen or treat their male patients for it. Read more >

Over 80? Cholesterol Might Help
High levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides can actually make it more likely that people in their 80s will remain fully functional. Read more >

Clinic No-Shows
When a patient misses an appointment, it's often a sign of something far more serious than forgetfulness. Read more >

Why You Need a Primary Care Doctor
Health screenings and cancer prevention are just two reasons to have a doctor watching over your healthcare and advocating for you. Read more >

An App to Prevent Overdose Deaths
Opioid overdose deaths are preventable if Naloxone can be administered quickly. That's where cell phones come in. Read more >

Behind Rising Drug Prices
Drugs cost more in the U.S. Is it because they're new and better, or just more expensive? Read more >

Doctor Confidential
Too few doctors give young adults private, one-on-one time to discuss sensitive issues and confidentiality. Read more >

What, Me Worry?
If you're over 50 yet too young for Medicare, healthcare costs and access are major sources of anxiety. Read more >

Skimping on Insulin
Many Americans cut back on insulin because of its high cost, a dangerous practice. Other countries don't have this problem. Read more >

Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Health Problems
Hearing loss makes it harder for seniors to think and socialize, and easier for them to fall. Addressing it saves healthcare dollars. Read more >

Going to Church to Lower BP
Programs offered in churches help African American parishioners lower their blood pressure. Read more >

Opting Out of Breast Surgery
For frail, elderly women, surgery for breast cancer may not be the best option. What to think about. Read more >

Reconsidering Daily Low-Dose Aspirin
A five-year study found no benefit and a bit of a downside to taking aspirin daily if you are generally healthy. Check with your doctor. Read more >

Time for Breakfast
There are programs that pay for and provide breakfasts for school children. So why do so few kids take advantage of them? Read more >

The High Price of Combination Meds
When medications are combined into one pill, they can cost up to 8 times the price of the individual drugs that make them up. Read more >

When Doctors and Patients Collaborate
Patients are more likely to take the necessary steps to improve their health if their doctors ask them what is and isn't working for them. Read more >

Women's Survival Rates Better with Women Doctors
There are a number of reasons why women heart patients are more likely to die if their doctor is a man. Read more >

A Medical Bum's Rush
Too often, doctor visits are rushed affairs and patients leave feeling no one has listened to them. You have options. Read more >

Access Denied
Some remarkable new drugs pretty much cure hepatitis C. Unfortunately, patients are often denied coverage for them. Read more >

Flushing Out Drug Use
Cities can figure out how big a drug problem they have just by checking for drugs at a surprising location. Read more >

Preemies' Antibiotic Overload?
Infections are a serious risk for premature infants, but too many are given antibiotics without clear evidence of a problem. Read more >

Smoke Sticks Around
Cigarette smoke lasts a long time. Even decades-old thirdhand smoke can cause problems. Read more >

The Price of a High Deductible
Health insurance plans with high deductibles cost less each month, but may end up costing more overall. Read more >

The Bottom of the Healthcare Heap
Healthcare in the U.S. costs way more than it does anywhere else, and it delivers less. Read more >

One Way to Reduce Healthcare Inequality
A New York City program that enabled families to earn money to pay for health and dental care could serve as a model nationwide. Read more >

What a Difference a Dollar Makes
Raising the minimum wage by just $1 an hour can reduce absenteeism by almost 10 percent. Read more >

The Verdict on E-Cigarettes
They may be a good way to help die-hard smokers quit, but e-cigs pose risks for others. Read more >

Training Better Doctors
Med schools' emphasis on science needs to shift, a piece in JAMA argues. Students' EQ is at least as important as their IQ. Read more >

Heart Attacks and Influenza
A respiratory infection from the flu also raises your risk of a heart attack. Another good reason to get vaccinated. Read more >

Become a Life Saver
If you know how to stop bleeding or give CPR, you become the bystander who can make a difference. Read more >

Easing Breast Cancer Treatment Pain with Needles
Acupuncture eases the painful side effects from drugs used to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer. Read more >

Coming to a Health Club Near You
Exercise eases depression and anxiety, so why not include fitness in mental health programs to treat depression and anxiety? Read more >

A Heartbreaking Case of Drug Denial
There's a new cholesterol-lowering drug available, but most people's insurers won't pay for it, even when it would clearly help. Read more >

Reduce Hospital Tests, Reduce Costs
Unnecessary tests harm patients and hospitals' bottom lines. Read more >

The High Cost of Raising the Retirement Age
Raising the retirement age for Social Security should save money, but it just brings older, sicker people into the system. Read more >

How Much Painkiller for that Appendectomy?
Given the opioid epidemic, doctors are re-thinking the amount of painkiller prescribed after surgery. Read more >

Patients As Works of Art
Doctors trained to look at art tend to be better observers of the humans in their examining rooms. Read more >

Bargain-Basement Body Scans
Comparison shopping is fine for electronics or groceries, but what about healthcare? Read more >

Health Insurance Saves Lives
Even skeptics who suggest that insurance doesn't improve outcomes sign up for insurance if they can get it. Read more >

An Expensive Trip to the Emergency Room
People who lack health insurance and use the ER as their doctor's office often pay a huge price. Read more >

The Affordable Care Act's Impact
When Harvard researchers looked at how the ACA has affected the health of low-income adults, this is what they found. Read more >

Hearing Aids Inspire a Rare Bipartisan Bill
Senators Warren and Grassley want to see some hearing aids sold over the counter -- much the way reading glasses are. Read more >

Stop! Before You Hand Over that Cookie
Overweight kids are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and a variety of life-altering and expensive health problems. Read more >

Shifting the Blame for Heart Disease
Is our focus on reducing saturated fat blinding us to the importance of a healthier lifestyle? Some think so. Read more >

"Your" Medical Records
Why is getting a copy of your medical records so expensive? Read more >

A Remission Strategy for Type 2 Diabetes
A study proves it may be possible, with intensive therapy, to reverse type 2 diabetes. No meds necessary. Read more >

The Calculations of Cancer Patients
Weighing the pros and cons of treatment options is not easy for patients, particularly when they are reeling from a cancer diagnosis. Read more >

Patient Surveys Change Doctors' Bedside Manners
Doctors took note when patients gave them mediocre ratings, taking steps to improve communication. Things got better. Read more >

A Cure for Glaucoma?
A study done in mice finds that niacin — vitamin B3 — not only prevents destruction of the optic nerve, it reverses it. Read more >

Don't Know Much about Obesity
Obesity's effects on health cut across medical areas, so doctors tend not to be trained or tested about it. Read more >

Is It Really Asthma?
Many people prescribed asthma medication may not need it. Make sure you have been properly tested. Read more >

Under 50 and Under-Treated
People in their 30s and 40s can have high LDL cholesterol, too. Yet often they don't get the treatment they need. Read more >

A Direct Line to Your Doctor
When patients can tell their doctors about symptoms as they happen, ER visits go down and survival rates go up. Read more >

Someone to Tell Your Troubles To
It can be hard to get help in a country with only ten psychiatrists. That's where the Friendship Bench comes in. Read more >

Magic Mushrooms Ease the Fear of Death
Psilocybin can be a wonder drug when it comes to helping cancer patients overcome the anxiety associated with their diagnoses. Read more >

Ice Capades
Icy conditions can be treacherous. Some boot treads help keep you upright better than others. Read more >

Cell Phones Can't Keep a Secret
Even when it's locked and off, your cell phone reveals a lot about you — like what you ate, the places you've been. Read more >

Medicaid Expansion Can Help Hospitals' Bottom Lines
The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — appears to have increased payments to hospitals. Read more >

Economic Uncertainty and Mental Decline
Financial hardship doesn't just affect physical health; cognitive health suffers, too. Read more >

Doctor vs. App
Online diagnosis is growing, but how good is it? A new study pits MDs against symptom checkers and comes up with an answer. Read more >

Kidney Stones? Head to the Amusement Park
People with kidney stones may find they've passed after they get off this ride. Read more >

A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >

Cost Savings for Kidney Patients
A simple change in diet can greatly reduce drug costs in people with kidney disease. Read more >

Why Sex Ed Doesn't Work
Teens have some pretty good reasons for giving their sexual education programs low marks. Read more >

Depressing Facts About Depression Treatment
Less than a third of the people in the U.S. who are depressed get treatment. Guess who's most affected? Read more >

FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps
There's a good reason the antibacterial soaps and body washes on drugstore shelves will have to be reformulated or removed within a year. Read more >

A New and Improved War on Drugs?
The assumptions behind U.S. drug policy are sadly out of date, according to new research. Read more >

Drinking and Doctor Visits
Alcohol consumption is a topic that often doesn't come up at doctor's visits, and it should. Read more >

A Smartphone App to Track Fertility
A new app to track women's monthly cycles could help you get pregnant — or avoid it. Read more >

Are We Treating Diabetes Too Aggressively?
A study finds we are over-treating type 2 diabetes especially in seniors. Read more >

Women's Heart Attacks Dangerously Under-Treated
Women in cardiac arrest are 30% less likely to have an angiogram or angioplasty than men. Now the question is, why? Read more >

Broad Support for Physician-Assisted Death
A survey found broad (75%) support for terminal patients being given access to life-ending drugs. Read more >

The Yuck Factor
Hospital-acquired infections can be kept under control if more workers wash their hands. That's where the Yuck Factor comes in. Read more >

Can You Trust That Online Diagnosis?
It's easy to send a selfie of that mole or skin tag to a telehealth site, but it may not be smart. Read more >

What Aging Well Really Means
A good old age may not mean being free of ailments. More important are seniors' mobility and sociability. Read more >

Time for Medicare for All?
Over 2,200 doctors sign a proposal for a single-payer healthcare plan. Read more >

Bleeding, Hearts and Aspirin
Recommendations regarding taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks have changed. Read more >

Don't Let Digestive Problems Become Kidney Problems
Certain drugs for gastric problems like GERD or ulcers can cause permanent kidney damage, especially if used for long periods of time. Read more >

Patients Turn to Social Media
Social networking sites like Yelp can help you pick a hospital as well as a restaurant. Read more >

Why Being Male Can Be a Health Risk
Avoiding going to the doctor is bad for your health. Read more >

Mammograms Could Be Good For Your Heart
Mammograms may predict coronary arterial calcification. Read more >

Using Ultrasound to Prevent Strokes
A new non-invasive approach to finding coronary plaques that are likely to cause a stroke. Read more >

An Alternative to Mammograms?
Ultrasounds catch breast cancer early just as well as a mammogram does. And they cost far less. Read more >

Demand A Retest
If your PSA test score is high, go back and do it again. Scores can vary considerably. Read more >

Pregnant? Join The Group
It's important to see a doctor when you are pregnant, but it may be even better to do it with other mothers-to-be. Read more >

No Parents Necessary
Doctor visits are a prime time for teens to take charge of their health. Parents can be obstacles. Read more >

More Dangerous Than Smoking
Smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco, may be even worse for your health than lighting up. Read more >

Antibiotics Are Making Kids Fat
The more antibiotics a child has growing up, the likelier he or she is to be packing some extra pounds. Read more >

Dialing Down Medication for the Elderly
Some seniors on blood pressure and diabetes medications can end up dangerously over-medicated. Read more >

A Vitamin To Prevent Skin Cancer
A form of vitamin B3, nicotinamide, can reduce the risk of certain skin cancers. It's also safe and inexpensive. Read more >

Accentuate The Positive?
When it comes to drug trials, study results are often misleadingly upbeat. They're also potentially and dangerously error-ridden. Read more >

Breast Self-Exam? Forget It
The American Cancer Society has revised its guidelines on breast cancer. Forget self-exams. Read more >

Relaxation Puts A Dent In Healthcare Costs
People who meditate or do yoga use far fewer healthcare services than those who don't. Insurers, take note. Read more >

The Angelina Effect
When celebrities come forward about health concerns, the public gets informed. Read more >

Antibacterial Soap Flunks Another Test
You'd think antibacterial soaps would at least kill germs. Nope. Not unless you wash for hours. Read more >

A Low-Cost Fix for Jaundice In Newborns
Infants with jaundice may no longer need to spend extra time in the hospital. And that's good news for new parents. Read more >

Do It For Grandma
Getting a flu vaccine does more than protect you — it prevents the virus from endangering seniors in your community, too. Read more >

You Snooze, You Win
Lowering blood pressure may be as simple as taking a nap. It's good for your heart, too. Read more >

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Antibiotic Use
Antibiotic use and overuse appear to either contribute to or serve as early signal for developing the most common form of diabetes. Read more >

It's Not About The Calories
Our rising obesity rates have led us to equate food with calories. But we really should be counting nutrients. Read more >

Don't Blame The Egg...
Age-related Infertility may have less to do with eggs than the environment in which they live, suggesting a new route to IVF success. Read more >

Abundance Tips The Scale
Obesity is a growing worldwide phenomenon. Here's one of the reasons why. Read more >

Logging In for A Diagnosis
Symptom checkers help patients decide whether a trip to the ER or doctor is necessary. So how good are they? Read more >

The Health Toll Air Pollution Takes — Even in Rural Areas
The EPA's air pollution standards aren't good enough to protect the health of those over 65, a Harvard study finds. Read more >

Your Viral History in A Drop of Blood
What if you doctor could see every virus your body has ever encountered in one drop of blood? Read more >

Fertility Problems? Pain Medications May Be Responsible
Ovulation dropped by 75% and more in women taking certain over-the-counter and prescription pain meds. Read more >

Astronomical Hospital Mark-Ups
Some hospitals have extreme mark-ups of over 1000%. Many are in Florida; all are for-profit. Read more >

Antibiotic Use Appears Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
The overuse of antibiotics doesn't just lead to resistance; it is linked to another major disease. Read more >

Doctors Weigh In on Recording Office Visits
Should you record your visit to the doctor? It's complicated. Read more >

An Easier Way to Quit Smoking
One simple adjustment raised would-be quitters’ success rates by 75 percent. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Is Real, Not a State of Mind
Two studies put to rest the idea that chronic fatigue sufferers are malingerers or worse. Read more >

Threats to Privacy on the Internet
Those privacy policies you click on to order apps or purchase goods won't protect privacy. Read more >

When It Comes to Lowering Cholesterol, Start Early
High cholesterol begins to take its toll at an early age. Read more >

Family Pets Improve Autistic Children's Social Skills
Cats, dogs and other pets give children with autism a way to learn how to deal with others and assert themselves. Read more >

Lifestyle is Key to Conquering A-Fib
People with atrial fibrillation have more control over their heart irregularity than they realize. Read more >

Semen Quality Is a Reflection of General Health
Poor semen quality and fertility problems tend to be a reflection of other health issues. Read more >

Prescription Meds Can Turn Teens into Drug Abusers
Teens prescribed anti-anxiety and sleep medications are more likely to abuse drugs later on. Read more >

For Younger Women, Daily Aspirin May Do More Harm than Good
For women under 65, aspirin’s risks may outweigh its benefits. Read more >

A Steep Rise in the Cost of Diabetes
An aging population, increasing obesity, and expanding treatment options add up to billions in costs Read more >

CPR Phone Coaching Saves Lives
Bystanders can save lives when 911 operators give them CPR instruction over the phone. Read more >

Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
Having a rash or hives as the result of penicillin treatment does not necessarily mean you are allergic. Get tested. Read more >

Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >

Patients Find Psychiatric Appointments Are Hard to Come By
Getting an appointment with a psychiatrist in some states is nearly impossible. Read more >

A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >

Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >

The Health Benefits of Reducing Carbon Emissions Outweighs Their Cost
The healthcare savings connected to clean air go a long way toward paying the costs of reducing carbon emissions. Read more >

Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >

Re-Classifying Cancers to Improve Treatment
Cancer is usually identified by where it occurs. But its genetic qualities can be more important when choosing treatment. Read more >

Mammograms Benefit Women Even Past Age 75
Mammograms can help even women over 75 enjoy longer and cancer-free lives. Read more >

Promising New Technique for Monitoring Early Brain Development in Infants
A new technique makes it possible to predict developmental delays more accurately. Read more >

Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >

Pairing The Nicotine Patch with Medication Can Help Smokers Quit
If you’re trying to quit smoking, the nicotine patch and Chantix are more effective together than alone. Read more >

Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >

Are Routine Pelvic Exams Unnecessary?
They're sometimes painful, intrusive and now it appears they offer little benefit. The ACP comes out against routine pelvic exams. PAP smears not included. Read more >

Air Pollution Policies Lower Respiratory Disease Deaths in North Carolina
When states improve air quality, death rates from asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia drop significantly. Read more >

What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >

Text Messages Can Help Support Smokers As They Quit
A text messaging program gives those struggling with nicotine cravings the support they need. You can even ask for help. Read more >

Are You Ever Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Colorectal cancer screening can benefit even those over 75. But it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. Read more >

Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Vaccinating for the flu earlier can curb a pandemic. So can washing your hands. Read more >

Physicians Take on Gun Violence
Because of their special understanding of family issues, doctors can play a big role when it comes to preventing gun violence, according to a new ACP policy statement. Read more >

Growing Stem Cells May Be Child's Play
A well-known toy, one in the Toy Hall of Fame, may provide the medium for growing stem cells that help the spinal cord regenerate. Read more >

Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >

First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
Almost a third of all first-time prescriptions go unfilled. Cost is the reason. There are alternatives. Read more >

With Hormone Replacement Therapy, Timing and Formulation Matter
Some forms of hormone replacement therapy help keep women's brain metabolism rolling. But others may cause problems. Read more >

Largely Unnecessary, Brain Scans for Headaches Reach $1 Billion
Brain scans for migraine sufferers cost $1 billion a year and are rarely useful. What needs to happen. Read more >

Massage a Viable Treatment for Chronic Neck Pain
Massage can be an effective treatment for chronic neck pain, but you should be treated several times a week for several weeks. Read more >

Study Calls Need For Yearly Mammograms Into Question
Yearly mammograms don't prevent cancer deaths. Where does this leave women over 40? Read more >

FDA Asks Physicians, Pharmacists,to Help Reduce Acetaminophen Overdoses
Because so many drugs contain the painkiller acetaminophen, it is easy to overdose. Liver damage is one result. Read more >

New Treatment Would Force Cancer Cells to Kill Themselves
A new treatment can trick cancer cells into killing themselves. And the success rate is nearly 100%. Read more >

Access to Guns Linked to Homicide, Suicide Risk
A gun in the home means a huge increase in the likelihood of suicide and homicide. Read more >

Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >

Music: A Roadmap to Forgotten Memories?
Some songs call up old memories. They may also help brain-injured patients remember their past. Read more >

A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >

Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >

Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Oral sex is not the protect from STDS that many think it is. In particular, herpes is more likely to be transmitted. Read more >

Mammograms for Women in Their 40s May Be Lifesavers after All
Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive in younger women, making routine mammograms in women under 50 a good idea. Read more >

The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >

Social Media Like Twitter, Facebook Can Help Smokers Quit
Social media sites can offer people trying to quit smoking the community and support they need to succeed. Read more >

Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >

Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
The vulnerability of resistant bacteria to other drugs presents new possibilities for improving the treatment of bacterial infection. Read more >

Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >

A Sign that Doctor-Patient Continuity Still Matters
Follow-up with a doctor is important as heart patients recover, and a familiar one can make even more of a difference. Read more >

Women with Certain Breast Tissue Abnormalities May Be Able to Avoid Surgery
Monitoring certain tissue abnormalities picked up by mammograms is just as effective as surgically removing them in most cases. Read more >

The FDA Cracks Down on Diabetes Treatment Scams
Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >

Letting Hospital Patients Sleep
Is waking patients during the night to take vital signs more important than letting them sleep? Read more >

Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Social networking turns out to be a good way to get people registering at state organ banks. Read more >

Mannitol, A Promising Parkinson's Treatment
A substance found in sugar-free gum helps prevent the build-up of the clumps of protein key to the disease. Read more >

AMA Diagnosis: Obesity Is A Disease
Are the obese sick? The AMA thinks so, but what do the obese think? Read more >

Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >

Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >

iPods in the ICU
Listening to music — or noise-canceling headphones — can ease patients' anxiety. Read more >

Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >

Biases May Prompt Overweight Patients to Switch Doctors
Some doctors have conscious and unconscious biases against patients who are overweight. Read more >

Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >

Using the Threat of Higher Insurance Premiums to Encourage Exercise
There’s one way to get people exercising: Threaten to charge them higher insurance premiums. Read more >

Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >

Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >

Making Doctors More Cost-Conscious
Doctors who see what tests they order cost often cut back on them, saving money. Read more >

Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >

Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Researchers tend to study treatments far more frequently than prevention. Is this backwards? Read more >

Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >

CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >

A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >

Smartphone Apps Delay Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Using a smartphone app to analyze a mole or skin lesion for melanoma is a potentially deadly mistake. Read more >

No Need for Yearly Mammograms in Women 66 and Up
Yearly mammograms are unnecessary for women over 65. Worse, they are the source of frightening false-positive results. Read more >

New Class of Diabetes Drug Raises the Risk of Pancreatitis
Certain type 2 diabetes medications can double the risk of pancreatitis. The risk may be worth it, but must be weighed. Read more >

Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >

Homeland Security Meets Medical Education
One quarter of medical students get their degree outside the US. They could be the answer to doctor shortages and runaway costs. Read more >

Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal. Read more >

Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >

Surgical Malpractice Occurs Too Often, Costs Billions
Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >

Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
If you think HFCS is just another form of sugar, think again. Read more >

Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Patients often surprise their doctors by choosing different treatments than their doctors expect. Knowing all the options helps. Read more >

Inexperienced Doctors Are More Expensive
Young doctors cost patients far more than experienced physicians. What does this tell us about... Read more >

Smoke-Free Laws Lead to Fewer Hospitalizations
When cities or states prohibit smoking, the health benefits are immediate, enormous and not restricted to smokers. Read more >

Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >

TMI? The Debate About Celebrities and Illness
When Robin Roberts, Padma Lakshmi or Kylie Minogue talk about their health, they raise awareness... Read more >

Giving Patients Access to Their Doctor's Notes Is A Win-Win for Everyone
What happens when patients have full access to their medical records? The OpenNotes study finds... Read more >

Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
For people predisposed obesity, drinking lots of sugary beverages "amplifies" the effects of one's genes. Read more >

Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets Late in Life
About 25% of all seniors spend more than the total value of all their assets on out-of-pocket... Read more >

Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >

Grapefruit Juice Could Help Reduce the Necessary Dose of Chemotherapy Drugs
Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no... Read more >

Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >

Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >

Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >

Eating Out May Be A Little Healthier After Menu Law
The Affordable Care Act will require that more restaurants put calorie and fat information on menus. Read more >

A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >

Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >

Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
Many people use medical websites to help them learn about their conditions, but not as a substitute for an office visit. Read more >

Why Is Patient-Doctor Communication So Difficult?
Do you find it difficult to discuss medical issues or concerns with your doctor? You are not alone.. Read more >

Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >

Significant Cost Savings Linked To Keeping Obesity Rate In Check
The cost savings of better health are as astronomical as those of medical care... Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >

Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >

Age Lowers the Boom on Baby Boomers
As baby boomers begin to turn 65, their golden years are not looking as golden as in the past... Read more >

Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
Your opinions - both good and bad - about the medical care you receive may not be reality-based... Read more >

Why Babies Don't Come with a Manual
A survey of child-rearing books over the past 50 years finds many contradictions, but offer... Read more >

Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
With nearly two billion adolescents worldwide. If you think that's scary, consider the health risks. Read more >

Injections Could Help Reduce LDL ("Bad") Cholesterol
A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. Read more >

Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >

Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
Aspirin may reduce your risk of developing cancer. But there are some risks. Read more >

Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >

FDA Makes Plans to Correct Cancer Drug Shortage in the U.S.
Worrying shortages of two major cancer drugs propel the FDA to find new ways to boost supplies. Read more >

Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
A new formula for figuring heart and stroke risk is sobering, but luckily many of the risk factors are largely within our control. Read more >

Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >

The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >

Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >

Researchers Gain Insight into How BRCA Mutations Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >

Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
A new study links traffic pollution to type 2 diabetes risk - especially in people who are healthier Read more >

Better Doctors Pay Attention to Mistakes
Much of medicine involves trial and error. For doctors, focusing on successes is less helpful... Read more >

Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >

A Sign that Doctors Care about Their Patients
Doctors asked to take this simple precaution for their own protection ignored the request... Read more >

Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >

A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >

New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >

Teaching Doctors Empathy
Can listening to their own encounters with patients help doctors become more responsive... Read more >

Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >

Poverty and Mental Illness: Can the Vicious Cycle be Broken?
The economic benefits of offering mental health help to those living in poverty are enormous. Read more >

New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply Read more >

A False Positive for Miscarriage
When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >

Publication Bias May Hinder Research
Journals are increasingly biased toward presenting positive results. This can have a chilling effect Read more >

Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >

Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >

Listeria Outbreak Likely Has Not Peaked
The bacterium Listeria has killed 13 people. Given its slow incubation period, this may be just the Read more >

National Drug Shortages: The Story No One's Following
Drug shortages have more than tripled. Patients in smaller hospitals suffer as less profitable... Read more >

Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >

Sprained Ankles and Strained Emergency Rooms
Sprained ankles and minor injuries clog emergency rooms, endangering people with serious problems. Read more >

Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >

Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >

Unsung Medical Heroes: A Roll of Tape and a Cotton Swab
Two very-low tech solutions to common medical problems show how easy it can be to reduce costs... Read more >

Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >

CDC Calls for More Americans to Get Colon Screening
Colon cancer is almost entirely preventable. You just need to get screened starting around age 50. Read more >

A Strategic Plan for a Healthier America
A new Health Promotion Strategy aims to make citizens healthier nationwide and address disparities.. Read more >

Cell Phones in the Hospital May Cause Infections
Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >

Emergency Rooms: Longer Waits Lead to Poorer Outcomes
There is evidence that long waits in the emergency room are themselves a medical emergency. Read more >

The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >

Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >

Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >

FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >

Diabetes is On the Rise in Obese Dogs and Cats
Diabetes epidemic not only in humans, but cats and dogs are developing it in record numbers. Read more >

Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >

Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >

"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >

Evidence that Honey is an Effective Wound Treatment
A particular kind of honey weakens bacteria's ability to attach to tissues, providing a new line of Read more >

Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >

More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >

Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >

Long Workdays May Raise Heart Risk
Working over 11 hours a day regularly can raise your risk of heart disease significantly. Read more >

Health Care Reform: Restaurants to Post Calories
Nutrition labeling, including calories, is now the law for big restaurant chains... Read more >

Stem Cells Heal Hearts Years After Damage Occurs
Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >

High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >

Can a Computer Diagnose Disease? Researchers Say We're Getting Close
A supercomputer is turning its talents to diagnosing disease... Read more >

Oral Contraceptives: One-Year Supply Cuts Pregnancies
Oral contraceptives a one-year supply helps cut pregnancies... Read more >

Is It Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity?
It is entirely possible that you may be sensitive to gluten even if your doctor has ruled out celiac Read more >

Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >

US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
Americans' health is worse than their British counterparts' in everything from asthma to angina. Read more >

Parks: A Bigger Bang for the Healthcare Buck
A study has found, before cutting park budgets, legislators might want to factor in health costs... Read more >

FDA Removes Hundreds of Unapproved Cough, Cold and Allergy Medicines
Cold, allergy and cough medicines that were never submitted for FDA approval are being recalled... Read more >

Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >

Doctors Turn to Surgical Biopsies Too Often, Study Finds
Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What's the cost... Read more >

Avastin May Do More Harm than Good
The cancer drug Avastin appears to reduce a person's chance of surviving when administered with certain chemotherapies. Read more >

Breast Cancer Success Rate May Depend on the Doctor Treating It
Success rate in treatment is linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. Read more >

Guidelines for Treating Infectious Diseases Need Better Evidence
When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >

Lowering Cholesterol: Statins Are a Last Resort, Not a Magic Bullet
If you are on cholesterol-lowering drugs, don't assume you can eat anything you want. Read more >

Men and Medicine
Men tend not to go to the doctor, leaving high blood pressure and cancer untreated until they become more serious. Read more >

Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
Wisconsin passed a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now the air in them is not dangerous Read more >

Anesthesia-Related Deaths During Childbirth Drop, But Still Present Risk
The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >

Foodborne Illness Hits Nearly 1 in 6 Americans
Much of protecting against foodborne illness is common sense: cleaniness, proper refrigeration, cooking food thoroughly. Read more >

New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >

How Big a Problem is Prescription Abandonment?
How many people go to the doctor, get a prescription and either don't fill it or never pick it up? Read more >

Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >

CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >

Doctors Aren't Following Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Doctors are over-prescribing some colon cancer screening, and ignoring other tests. Healthcare... Read more >

Bad Habits Make Bad Employees, Study Finds
People who smoke, overeat, or don't exercise take more sick days, while those who drink take fewer. Read more >

Did Your Doctor Really Make a Mistake or Do You Just Think So?
Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >

How Much Does Medical Malpractice Cost the Nation? Billions, Say Researchers
Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >

Marijuana: Last Resort for Neuropathic Pain?
People with chronic nerve pain found some relief by smoking marijuana in a Canadian study... Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >

Has MRSA Met its Match?
Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >

Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >

Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >

Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >

The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Fall is the time to get a flu vaccine. Even if vaccines cannot protect one completely against all forms of the flu virus, they usually resu Read more >

CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >

Doctors Don't Understand Their Patients
Doctors are busy and may not listen well. It helps to come prepared with any questions you may have written down in advance. Read more >

Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >

Are Doctor's Notes for Patients Too?
A new study, OpenNotes, allows the patients to access their records. Read more >

Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >

Study Says PSA Test Saves Lives
Screening for prostate cancer may pick up small cancers that really shouldn't be treated. Read more >

Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >

Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >

Insulin Pump Superior to Injections in Study
If you have type 1 diabetes, consider an insulin pump. They tend to offer better blood sugar control. Read more >

Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >

New Site: Emerging Drug Problems, All in One Place
The FDA has a new website that tracks problems people have had with various prescription drugs. Read more >

Heart Attacks in California Are Way Down
A recent study among members of a California HMO shows a huge decrease in serious heart attacks. Read more >

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >

Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >

New Drugs Don't Always Beat the Old
New drugs are often prescribed over the old even if they aren't better or more cost effective. Read more >

Viagra Nation: Tracking Health Care Costs
We spend $77 billion on "medicalized" conditions like erectile dysfunction. Is this a wise use of healthcare dollars? Read more >

New Hospital Bar-Code System Significantly Cuts Down on Medication Errors
A new bar-code system tied to patient electronic medical record (EMR) may help cut down on errors. Read more >

If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >

Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >

Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >

Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >

Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >

New Method Predicts Kidney Failure Better than Conventional Tests
Monitoring protein levels in the urine may be a better way to predict kidney function... Read more >

Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
People who are obese may not receive the same level of protection from a vaccine because the standard needle used may not reach the muscle. Read more >

Children Left On the Home Front When Moms and Dads Go to War
Kids and caregivers left behind during deployment have to shoulder a heavy burden. A study looks at what can help. Read more >

Controlling Depression Helps Reduce Blood Sugar in Diabetics
When diabetics suffer from depression, treating it can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well. Read more >

Blood Test Tells Baby's Sex Early in Pregnancy
A simple blood test may replace amniocentesis as the best means for determining a baby's sex early in utero Read more >

Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >

Depressed Patients' Physical Ailments Often Untreated
Depressed patients' physical symptoms are often underestimated, a fact that is detrimental to their overall health. Read more >

If Doctors Don't Understand Our Health Care System, Who Does?
We aren't talking about benefits. Just simply understanding the system is more than even new MDs feel confident about. So what are consumers supposed to do? Read more >

MRI Scan No Cure for Lower Back Pain
About 90% of all cases of lower back pain show spontaneous improvement within four weeks. Read more >

Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
African American patients tend to have less informative communication with their healthcare providers than do whites. The good news is that patients.. Read more >

A Call for Improved Drug Labeling
There's a natural tendency for patients to want and doctors to prescribe the newest drug, assuming that newer is better. Read more >

No More Eye Drops
Contact lenses are an effective way to deliver drugs for a variety of conditions. And they are more cost effective, too. Read more >

How to Turn Medicalese into Plain English
Something to prescribe for your doctor: a toolkit for turning medical jargon into language a regular person (like you) can understand ... Read more >

Adolescent Health: So Many Teens; So Little Care
Parents may want to request that their teen‘s doctor discuss safety, diet, smoking, sexuality and other topics. Read more >

Nanotechnology: Faster and Better Diagnoses
It may soon be possible to diagnose many viral and bacterial infections on the spot using a portable device that reads blood or saliva samples. Read more >

Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Direct-to-consumer advertising needs to present the benefits of drugs, as well as side effects, so consumers can make decisions with their doctors. Read more >

Medicalese Turns Patients' Perception of Common Conditions Into Serious Diseases
Don't be frightened by "medicalese." Often medical terms aren't as serious as they sound. Read more >

Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >

Diabetes is Real; "Jaws" Is Just a Movie
Diabetes affects almost every organ in the body, causes severe circulatory problems and greatly increases the risk of heart attack. Read more >

ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >

Fatal Medication Errors at Home on the Rise
Asking your doctor more questions and disclosing recreational drug use about your medication might help prevent a terrible accident. Read more >

Surgery? Take a Number
There already is a shortage of general surgeons. Read more >

Healthcare Reform: Universal Coverage?
There is one thing all three candidates agree on: too many Americans lack adequate health coverage. Read more >

Triglycerides: the New Cholesterol?
Triglycerides are a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and should be routinely monitored. Read more >

USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >

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