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At least 17 people have been infected in the outbreak, which occurred among people who visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County, Calif….It’s likely that a person who was contagious visited the theme park during that period and spread
US News & World Report published another one of their ubiquitous “Best of” lists this week. This one focused on diets. January, after all, is the month of diet resolutions 😉
For the fifth year in a row the winner was the DASH diet.
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (or High blood pressure). It was a study implemented in the … read on
Here’s another great video from Healthcare Triage by Aaron Carroll, MD, on the overuse of antibiotics.
I’ve posted on this topic a few times. Whether it’s physicians prescribing unnecessary antibiotics because they think it’s what the patient wants, or patients demanding antibiotics because it’s what they think they need, too many antibiotics are still being prescribed.
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I read a disturbing article in MedPage Today—Metformin: A Great Lakes Disaster?
Metformin is one of the most common drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which is mostly a lifestyle disease (obesity), is epidemic in the United States. Seventy million prescriptions for metformin were dispensed in 2013. That year the cost of treating type 2 diabetes, just for the drugs, was $23 billion.
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Last week USA Today published an excellent article about the problems with the new trend of really high-deductible health care plans:
It explains how the overarching goal of Obamacare to provide coverage for the sick and low income demographic has had a rather unfortunate (although not unforeseen) unintended consequence.
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Physician Praveen Arla is witnessing a reversal of health care fortunes: Poor, long-uninsured patients
It’s a funny video about a serious topic.
I love the health care parody videos that occasionally show up on YouTube.
This one—to the tune of Taylor Swift’s “We are never getting back together”— is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and sends a message to those people seeking narcotics from emergency rooms.
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I’ve posted before about my deep disappointment in Dr. Oz. Once a brilliant heart surgeon, he has, in my humble opinion, thrown his career and integrity away to hustle sketchy weight-loss supplements to an eager and sometimes desperate audience.
Related post: Dr. Oz – Pitchman for profit
And I’ve never been comfortable watching the medical tips proffered by the photogenic docs on The Doctors. I especially distrust the … read on
An article last week in the MIT Technology Review issued a warning that our health care information, including medical, insurance and financial records, might not be secure.
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Along with vast troves of credit card information and celebrity snapshots, hackers stole a record number of medical records from U.S. health-care facilities this year. In 2015, attacks targeting health data will become even more common, according to security researchers.
Carl Leonard, principal
I had a good laugh last week when I read the following news story: Ibuprofen adds 12 years to life! Cheap painkillers can slow ageing and fight disease.
The author explains:
In laboratory tests, ibuprofen was found to extend the lives of worms and flies by the equivalent of about 12 years in human terms.
Which means, according to the author:
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Regular doses of ibuprofen could allow people
Despite reforms, health care is less affordable for many
CBS News and The New York Times recently conducted a poll and I found the results both interesting and alarming (although not surprising).
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Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that’s down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of Americans, paying for medical care is a hardship, up 10 points.
Most attribute the