“Life After the Diagnosis”
Last week one of my family members was diagnosed with a serious illness.
My niece, a physician in San Francisco, recommended a book written by one of her colleagues:
Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.
I immediately bought myself a copy, too. (If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m an advocate of hospice, palliative care …
read on What’s in your medicine cabinet?
I admit it.
I have a small box in my kitchen cupboard filled with leftover bits from several years’ worth of prescriptions.
I think most nurses hold on to leftover drugs thinking that some day they might come in handy. Or maybe I’m just a hoarder. 🤔
Regardless, last weekend I decided to go through the box and see what was in there.
2010 must …
read on Your drops might be making things worse
Do you suffer from chronically dry, red, itchy eyes? The eye drops you use might actually be making your eyes look and feel worse.
Like so many over-the-counter (OTC) products, there are dozens of eye drops from which to choose. How do you know which is best?
As always, ignore the front of the package (the marketing claims) and read the ingredients.
Oxymetazoline … read on Cold season is still with us
The calendar says spring, but you wouldn’t know it looking out my kitchen window.
Not only is it still cold, it’s still cold season.
Did you know that Americans spend about $3.5
billion every year on over-the-counter cold and cough remedies?
But despite spending such a huge amount of money, has anyone ever bought a magic bullet to prevent or cure the common cold?…
read on The outrageous pricing of prescription drugs continues…
One of my favorite health news websites is
(not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente). This year they started a new feature called Kaiser Health News Bill of the Month.
Every month they highlight a particularly egregious healthcare charge.
(Have one you want to share?
) Submit it to them!
Last month was a $17,850 urinalysis; this month is
… a $1,500 treatment for toenail read on I just read about that—again—suggests a link between the use of some essential oils and breast development ( a recent study by the Endocrine Society ) in young boys. gynecomastia Lavender and tea tree oil, especially, are considered . I wrote about this a few years ago , and wanted to re-post this information. Be informed and use essential oils with caution! FN endocrine-disrupting chemicals This post was originally published … read on We all need a better night’s sleep
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most
. American adults aren’t getting enough sleep
Are you part of the epidemic of sleeplessness?
, so I want to offer these 5 tips for a better night’s sleep, based on some of my previous posts. (I know National Sleep Awareness Week I don’t get enough sleep, so it’s a topic close … read on Melatonin dosages vary widely Melatonin is a hormone that our brain makes to help us get to sleep.
Before we messed up our natural sleep cycles with artificial lights,
, and world-wide jet travel, darkness would signal our brains to release melatonin and put us to sleep. (That’s why you might feel sleepy in a dark theater when watching a movie or … 24/7 exposure to TVs, computers and smart phones read on Are you sleep deprived?
Next week, March 11-17, is National Sleep Awareness Week.
National Sleep Foundation (NSF) sponsors the week to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep. (#7Days4BetterSleep)
As if we didn’t know!
But if you need a reminder, here’s
about the effects of sleep deprivation: a TED-Ed video Good sleep habits start in childhood
Good sleep habits are …
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Is there anything about our healthcare system, especially the insurance market, that isn’t confusing?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally phased out most short-term health insurance plans last year, but
. the current administration wants to bring them back
The cost of health insurance is
for anyone who doesn’t have an employer-provided plan or doesn’t qualify for a subsidy. Short-term health … really expensive read on