I read a disturbing bit of news a couple of weeks ago:
Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults. A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed antipsychotics, a new study suggests.
In particular, it appears they’re being used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a condition for which the powerful drugs are not approved.
The study mentioned was recently published in the …
“Cover-your-ass health care” or “save-my-ass medicine” are terms used to describe all the extra diagnostic tests (blood tests, CT scans, MRIs, etc.) ordered by physicians to rule out possible (but unlikely) life-threatening conditions.
Such as going to the emergency department with a headache and getting a CT scan to rule out an aneurysm or a brain tumor.
Or, as in this video example, being worked up for a heart attack …
I once bought an enormous jar of fish oil supplements from Costco—and then let it sit in a cabinet mostly untouched until well past its expiration date. (I hate taking pills.)
That was doubly wasteful on my part. Not only for ignoring the capsules once I’d bought them, but for buying them in the first place.
recent article in the business pages of the marveled … Washington Post read on Can antibiotics alone treat appendicitis?
I’m very much in the “less is more” camp when it comes to medical care.
So it would seem I would be very interested in the latest research out of Finland that shows, at first glance, antibiotics to be as effective as surgery in treating appendicitis.
Avoiding surgery should be a good thing, right?
study was published last month in JAMA (the Journal of … read on Last month a medical journal published a study out of Stanford that links the use of Nexium (esomeprazole) and other proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) with an increased risk of heart attack.
This is another study that used “big data”—the information from thousands (if not millions) of patients’ electronic health records—to identify risks from drugs and other medical treatments.
Nexium, or “the Purple Pill”, is widely prescribed to treat heartburn and …
Last weekend my husband participated in a golf tournament. It was sponsored by Costco, and each player received a swag bag of Costco merchandise.
When he got home, my husband and I took a look at his “gifts.” I couldn’t help but laugh.
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Making the correct diagnosis in a timely manner is crucial. It not only avoids lots of unnecessary (and expensive) tests, but gets the appropriate treatment started more quickly.
But making a diagnosis can be difficult. And one of the leading causes of medical malpractice suits is “failure to diagnose”; that’s why so many cases of indigestion are worked up as potential heart attacks, or headaches for aneurysms or tumors.
My father passed away on the Fourth of July. He was 93 years old.
It sounds a cliché to say he was “surrounded by his family,” but he was, and it was an experience none of us in that room will ever forget.
My mother, brother, husband, sister-in-law and four nieces (along with one fiancé and one boyfriend) were all crowded into Dad’s little room at his memory care home.…
As a child, I remember my mother declaring that of our entire family (2 adults and 4 kids) she was the only one who was pestered by mosquitoes when we were at our summer cabin by the lake.
She felt understandably persecuted by the little blood-sucking menaces.
And she probably was right.
that WebMD reports “genetics account for a whopping 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito bites.” … New research out read on
This summer is already unusually hot where I live and kids and adults are flocking to the local public swimming pools and wading pools.
But I read a couple of articles last week that first made me think
“Eww!”, and then made me wonder about how healthy public pools really are. ‘Crypto’ Parasite Outbreaks Increasing in Pools Across America
A diarrhea-causing parasite that is often transmitted through water is causing