Oh, my aching head!
Headaches must be one of the most common health complaints. They affect all age groups, and have any number of underlying causes. Still, most headaches are a minor annoyance at most, and go away with minimal treatment.
But judging by the amount of money spent on over-the-counter pain relievers and headache medications (about half a billion dollars a year), we must be a country in a …
read on The two main OTC pain relievers
If you browse pain relievers online, or walk down the pain relief aisle at the drug store, you see dozens of different boxes and bottles.
Their labels may promise to treat specific pains, such as headaches, back pain, migraines, menstrual cramps, arthritis or muscle aches.
But there are really only two types of pain relievers found over the counter: NSAIDs and acetaminophen.
Save money …
read on Overdiagnosis of melanoma
I learned two things from a recent journey into the healthcare system:
Melanomas are overdiagnosed; and Always discuss cost with your physician.
Earlier this summer
I shared that I had a small mole removed from my leg. I didn’t like the look of it, so I thought it prudent to have it checked out.
I had to wait almost a month for an answer, because …
read on Short-term health insurance plans are coming back
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
. last week the current administration changed the rules to bring them back
The cost of health insurance is really expensive for anyone who doesn’t have an employer-provided plan or doesn’t qualify for …
read on The Nanodropper—an innovative eyedropper
Drug companies will hate the Nanodropper. And that, of course, makes me like it. 😉
If you use expensive prescription eye drops, or want to hear about another way drug manufacturers squeeze money out of us, you may be interested in the Nanodropper.
Last year, the consumer watchdog group,
ProPublica, did a of drug companies using eyedroppers that … piece on the wasteful and costly practice read on How to choose a sunscreen—what works?
Do you know what to look for when choosing a sunscreen product?
Do you understand what SPF means and which ingredients offer effective protection?
If you aren’t reading labels, and are judging by brand, price or marketing claims alone, you might not be getting the best deal.
So what should you look for on a label?
Because protection from UVA rays is more difficult …
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 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 Home remedies for a persistent cough
Flu season hit hard this year, and the normal, if unwelcome, after effect of many viral upper respiratory infections is a lingering cough.
found that, on average, a cough will last 17.8 days! Fortunately, most coughs are self limiting; that is, they will get better without special treatment, such as antibiotics. recent review of the medical literature
If you have a question about …
read on Have you had unnecessary medical procedures?
If you see a physician on a regular basis and always follow his or her advice regarding routine screening tests or common diagnostic tests for minor illnesses, the answer is probably
I just finished reading
of these unnecessary medical procedures. a new report published in my state (Washington) about the extent and cost
This is a problem I’ve posted about before. Many …