When will these double-digit increases stop?
OK, it’s June and that means it’s time for my annual rant about ever-increasing health insurance premiums.
In my state, Washington, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner just
. posted the proposed rate increases
Not in Washington? Use
to find the insurance commissioner in your state and search for rate increases. this interactive map
By law these requests have to be made public and …
read on When did medicine become “healthcare”?
I recently read
by Victoria Sweet, MD. Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing
The book’s introduction captured my attention immediately. In it, Dr. Sweet describes the downward spiral her elderly father suffered when he was admitted to a hospital.
At 90-something he was in pretty good health; in an ironic turn, the hospital almost killed him with unnecessary diagnostic tests and prescription drugs.
Even though …
read on Surprise medical bills can catch you by, well, surprise Bottom line on top: If you’re the victim of a surprise medical bill, there are resources to help you.
After several years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many of us are resigned to high premiums, high deductibles and small provider networks.
We try to be good healthcare “consumers” (as if we really want to buy healthcare!) by reading the fine …
read on Extreme viewpoints entertain, not educate
I finally got around to watching the Netflix documentary
. What the Health Bottom line on top: This film is too extreme and manipulative to be a good source of information.
In short, the filmmakers cherry pick statistics and use fear mongering to promote their hypothesis that veganism is the only healthy lifestyle choice. That is a gross oversimplification of a complex and hard-to-study topic—nutrition.…
read on Younger is better, but… Bottom line on top: There is a benefit to getting the HPV vaccine after 26. that not only cause cervical cancer, but mouth, throat and anal cancers, as well. The HPV vaccine protects against the most common types of viruses
It’s most effective when given before a child becomes sexually active.
But what about all the 20-somethings out there who didn’t have access to this vaccine? …
read on What is a Citizen Scientist?
More and more scientists are taking advantage of the power of the internet, or the “crowd,” to help gather and process huge amounts of data.
can be anyone. You just have to have an interest in science (and a computer). Citizen Scientist
I’m taking part in
. Cochrane Crowd Support evidence-based medicine
has been the go-to … Cochrane Library read on Dry drowning and secondary drowning
The weather is warming up and soon schools will be out for summer break. That means more kids playing in the water.
Bottom line on top: Kids can actually drown outside of a pool or lake Dry drowning and a similar but different condition called secondary drowning are relatively rare, thank goodness, but can happen up to 24 hours following a near-drowning when parents think … read on Reading is my favorite pastime 🙂
There are so many great healthcare books! I’m excited to share some of my favorite reads to celebrate
(which was actually yesterday, but whatever). World Book Day
Some books are very informative and can help us get better care from our doctors, or guide our health decisions, or keep us safe in the hospital.
Others help us change our lifestyles to sleep better, eat …
read on Start the conversation
Some of the most tragic patients we see as nurses are those who are unable (or their family members are unable) to make decisions on what type of care they do or don’t want near the end of life.
This often results in futile and expensive care that causes pain and emotional distress for everyone involved.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
This week is
… National read on Raccoons are super cute, but don’t feed them
My house is on the edge of a green belt, and one summer we had a family of raccoons living in a dead tree very close to my kitchen window. I loved being able to watch the mom and her babies as I prepared a meal or washed dishes.
Several of our neighbors actually put cat food out to entice more raccoons …