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Health Alert

The outbreak of whooping cough has proved harder to control than anticipated, leading the Center for Disease Control to recommend that all adults in the U.S. receive the vaccine. Contact your primary care physician about obtaining the vaccination. The statistics for 2010 infections are chilling: In 2010 California experienced a whooping cough outbreak that...

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October 29 is World Stroke Day.

October 29 is World Stroke Day.

Once again, the CDC announces October 29 as World Stroke Day. The ABC’s of  stroke prevention: A – Aspirin, if you are at risk. B – Blood pressure control. C – Cholesterol management. You can act now to prevent a stroke. Please see your physician for a blood pressure check, review of any medications...

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How to Talk With Your Doctor.

How to Talk With Your Doctor.

You will probably be happier about your medical care if you and your doctor are a team. Although your doctor is an expert on medical care, you are the expert on yourself. Often you have choices to diagnose or treat an illness, and actively partnering with your doctor, rather than passively letting him do...

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Why your doctor can’t spend more time with patients.

Why your doctor can’t spend more time with patients.

Pauline Chen is spot-on with this feature: An Insurance Maze for U.S. Doctors. If you wonder why your physician seems stressed, inattentive, burned out, or any number of other states signifying that your health interests are competing for attention with other concerns, this is a primary reason why. I read this with interest, as...

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Innovations in Health Care, or, You Can’t Keep a Good Guy Down.

Innovations in Health Care, or, You Can’t Keep a Good Guy Down.

Innovation eschewed in the field of medicine? From the KevinMD blog, an interesting article from several perspectives: how medical practice is steeped in convention, how Dr. Parkinson’s experience has implications for the field of patient advocacy, and whether patients with low-literacy issues would have been able to keep up with the technology-reliant administration of...

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A hospital patient has fewer odds of surviving than an airline passenger.

A hospital patient has fewer odds of surviving than an airline passenger.

  Seems counterintuitive, yes? But examine the facts.  High infection rates (1 out of 3 on a “good” day) can be virtually eliminated; medical errors significantly so. Both require commitment from the public, hospital administrators, and the government. So please don’t be afraid to ask clinicians if they’ve washed their hands before touching a patient! This includes...

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Treat COPD “Naturally”?

Treat COPD “Naturally”?

This headline caught my attention: Treat COPD Naturally With Vitamin D Such an attractive concept. I have learned, though, to look for multiple studies with the same result, and to critically review the researchers for any potential conflict of interest. That said, alternative therapies proven to be effective should certainly be included, but relying...

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Is Your Pain “Real”?

Is Your Pain “Real”?

Doctors are being taken to task for prescribing pain killers — specifically the opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycontin. It is estimated that one out of five patients falsify their symptoms and are substance-abusers. But note that the 20% abuse rate can be resolved 90% of the time: does the patient cooperate with additional...

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Your Medical History: Signed, Sealed & Delivered.

Your Medical History: Signed, Sealed & Delivered.

One of the best ways to let your doctor know you mean business is to furnish a copy of your complete medical history. The time you invest in putting this together will greatly increase your chances of receiving the best medical treatment possible. It’s not necessary to spend weeks compiling the relevant information. Focus...

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Do You and Your Doctor Share the Same Priorities?

Do You and Your Doctor Share the Same Priorities?

You may not know the answer to this question unless you or your advocate are direct with your physician. According to research studies, the good news is that most of the time your priorities are congruent. But one out of three cases reflected a difference between the patient’s priorities — often issues about pain,...

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