PSA stands for Prostate-Specific Antigen. It’s a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer.
Doctors used to recommend an annual PSA test for men over 40. But now we know that the PSA is not a good screening tool. It results in
a high number of false positives, and not all forms of prostate cancer need to be treated.
Too many men have received
unpleasant, expensive treatment they … read on It was a nice surprise to see a celebrity use the power of social media to speak in favor of getting children vaccinated.
Well, not so much speak as show. And as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook fame, recently posted this cute photo of himself and his baby daughter at the pediatrician’s office. He simply wrote “time for vaccines”, but surely he …
I read two articles yesterday that complemented each other:
Kaiser Health News (KHN) Heavy Use Of CT Scans Raises Concerns About Patients’ Exposure To Radiation
two radiologists posted KevinMD The financial costs of treating CT-induced cancer
Each underscores the fact that CT scans are significantly overused in American healthcare.
Although CT scans are an essential diagnostic tool, the Food and Drug Administration reports that an estimated
If you’re interested in starting out the New Year with a better eating plan, check out the PBS production of Michael Pollan’s best-selling book
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.
What is Pollan’s manifesto?
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Advice for healthy eating doesn’t get much simpler than that.
premiers Wednesday, December 30th. Check your In Defense of Food local listings for the time. Here’s the trailer:… read on I’ve spent most of the holiday weekend happily engaged in reading through a pile of health care books.
And the one I absolutely have to recommend to everyone is
by Leslie D. Michelson. The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love
Michelson is not a physician, but has worked in the health management field for more than 30 years, helping individuals and companies …
read on If, like me, you’re interested in science and putting a little more “evidence-based” into your health, check out by Dr. Joe Schwarcz. Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life
Dr. Schwarcz, a chemist as well as a radio host and a best-selling author, brings some much-needed attention to the overabundance of health information found on the internet and in the media.
As he says …
read on A few weeks ago I posted about some simple ways to deal with stress and panic attacks, and I mentioned that I had received an adult coloring book from a friend and thought it was a great way to focus and relax my mind.
Apparently other people think so, too!
I just read this article in
The Atlantic: The Zen of Adult Coloring Books
Several trend pieces about adult
A few months ago I posted about
CYA—Cover Your Ass—medicine being one reason why too many diagnostic tests are ordered and health care costs are high.
CYA medicine is when the doctor or doctors are pretty sure what your problem is, but they order extra scans and x-rays and blood tests anyway because “failure to diagnose” is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice suits. They aren’t going to …
Since 1995 the third week in October has been designated National Health Education Week.
In honor of that, and being an advocate of empowering patients to make more informed health care decisions—and save money along the way—I’m posting a list of some of my favorite health care books.
Disclosure: These links take you to Amazon for more information, but please save money and either check these books out at your … read on Change your outlook, change your life
Do you think of yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? Or, like me, a hybrid of the two (hope for the best, but plan for the worst)?
I just finished reading
by Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH, and found it an engaging look at how our outlook can drive our behaviors toward better or … Up: How Positive Outlook Can Transform Our Health and Aging read on