A doctor posted this photo the other day. It’s a typical lab result slip with a twist—look closely and you’ll see a column for “cost”.
When doctors want to treat an infection, they generally get a “culture and sensitivity” first. That is, they take a sample of whatever is infected (urine, skin, blood, or other) and send it to the lab. The lab grows (“cultures”) and identifies the bacteria, …
read on The latest report
Most of my nursing career was in breast cancer, so I like to stay current on the most recent research on screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Earlier this week,
the : British Medical Journal released a pretty stunning report
In conclusion, our data show that annual mammography does not result in a reduction in breast cancer specific mortality for women aged 40-59.
In normal language that translates to …
read on CDC reports low rates for key vaccinations
Last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published
its annual report on adult vaccination rates in the US.
Vaccination coverage levels among adults are low. Improvement in adult vaccination is needed to reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults and to prevent pertussis [whooping cough] morbidity and mortality in infants, who need the protection afforded by the
read on “I need to sleep!”
As a nurse, I’ve always known that a hospital is a lousy place to be sick. Why? You can never get a decent amount of sleep! And who needs sleep more than someone who is recovering from an illness or injury?
this YouTube video I ran across while reading an article about patient-centered care:
It was made by 15-year-old Morgan Gleason, who, according …
read on Nuts associated with longer, healthier lives Last November, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published the results of a huge observational study that showed a lower death rate among people who ate several servings of nuts (including peanuts) every week.
Previous studies have pointed to other health benefits of nuts: reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The NEJM is the first study that looked specifically at death …
read on The nasty H1N1 swine flu is back
Reports indicate that flu (influenza) season is in full swing—
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website shows widespread flu cases in most states.
I also like to look at
Google Flu Trends, which shows an increasing number of Google searches using keywords related to the flu:
The H1N1 swine flu seems to be the predominate strain this year.
We last saw … read on For most, multivitamins are a waste of money
I’m always trying to do two things:
Save my money Be healthy
It’s not easy when everything about health care costs so much.
So I really don’t want to throw money away on expensive drugstore products that are poorly regulated (if at all) by the FDA, and whose benefits are not supported by the latest scientific research.
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I’ve always been a fan of the Pulitzer-prize winning author Anna Quindlen, and last week I ran across
the text from an address she gave to a roomful of doctors and medical students at the Association of American Medical Colleges in November. (Note: the full text will only be available through this link until January 31, 2014.)
A mother and
DES daughter, Ms. … read on The blockbuster drug
My husband has had mildly elevated cholesterol for years. At several points in time, his doctor has recommended that he start taking one of the cholesterol-lowering drugs, like Lipitor (atorvastatin), the best-selling prescription drug of all time.
In 2006, Lipitor sales peaked at ! $13.7 billion—that’s just one year
Because my husband has no other risk factors for heart disease—he is not overweight, he doesn’t smoke, …
read on Buy healthy food and skip the vitamins
Last week two news stories caught my attention.
First, medical experts have (once again) come out saying that the
evidence does not support taking supplemental vitamins to reduce your risk of heart disease or cancer.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the government panel that provides guidelines to the public on such things as preventive care and screening tests,
has recently … read on