High drugs costs are one of the leading causes of higher health care costs overall. Not only are more people taking prescription drugs than ever before, the drugs are getting more and more expensive.
That’s why it’s so infuriating to read about drug companies using “devious” tactics to make sure their profitable blockbuster drugs can evade competition from the less expensive generics (although even many generic drugs are skyrocketing in … read on
SPF = Sun Protection Factor
An SPF rating is an estimate of how effectively a sunscreen product reduces the time it takes your skin to burn. For example, if it normally takes about 10 minutes in the sun for you to burn, a product with an SPF of 15 extends that time to burn to 150 minutes. SPF 30? Approximately 300 minutes.
Related post: First aid for sunburns
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That’s a question that continues to be debated in the medical journals, but the short answer is probably not.
Too much salt or sodium is bad for you, like almost anything; but now we’re learning that too little sodium can be bad for us, too.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post had a nice article explaining how salt came to be thought of as the enemy of good health, … read on
Earlier this year, a new online health care cost checking tool became available: Guroo.com
It joins a couple other online tools that are meant to increase price transparency and help patients figure out how much a test or procedure will cost before getting the bill.
But do Guroo or the others really help?
If you’re uninsured or have a really high deductible, it’s nice … read on
MedPage Today, a popular health news and policy website for health care professionals, polled a number of physicians and asked them “What is the one thing you wish you could say to your patients, but don’t?”
Here are the top ten:
- “If you continue to smoke, I wish you would see another physician.”
- “I wish I can just tell the prescription drug addicts to stop coming to
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Recently, the US Public Health Service issued new recommendations to slightly lower the amount of fluoride that’s put in our community drinking water.
That’s because we have access to other sources of fluoride, mostly toothpaste and mouth rinses, so we don’t need as much in the water supply.
Since the early 1960s our tap water has been … read on
A group of researchers out of the University of Pittsburgh did an interesting study. They looked at over 400 magazine and TV ads for cancer treatment centers to see how marketers tried to attract patients.
What did they find?
Clinical advertisements by cancer centers frequently promote cancer therapy with emotional appeals that evoke hope and fear while rarely providing information about risks, benefits, costs, or insurance availability.
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One of the premises of Obamacare was that if patients were expected to pay more towards their health care—have more “skin in the game”—they would shop around for the best prices and spend less.
I posted about how difficult, if not impossible, it is for patients to shop for health care. Prices are not as transparent as some policy makers would like to think.
Related post: Researching health … read on
Here we go again!
Every May, health insurance companies file their requests for premium increases for next year’s plans.
I’ve been watching my state’s website for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Rate increases for all health plans—group, small business, and individual (both on and off the health exchange)—are posted for public review and comment.
The insurance commissioner has until late summer to either approve, disapprove or modify the increase. … read on
Stories like this make me so angry: Cancer Charities Called $187 Million “Sham”
A group of family members whose charities claimed to be raising millions of dollars for cancer victims bilked donors to the tune of $187 million over five years, spending some of that money on fancy cars and trips for themselves and their friends, according to a civil suit.
The alleged fraud, which would be one of the
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