More outbreaks of preventable diseases
Always disturbing to me are the news stories about outbreaks of deadly, crippling diseases—pertussis, measles, polio—that can be safely and effectively prevented by vaccination.
The most recent
measles outbreak is in Ohio. The Ohio outbreak, like ongoing outbreaks in California and elsewhere, has been linked to unvaccinated travelers bringing the measles virus back from countries where the disease remains common. In Ohio, all of
read on Strike a pose and possibly avoid surgery
I love research that shows conservative treatments—rest, diet and exercise—to be as effective (or more!) than drugs and surgery.
So when I ran across this article,
I wanted to pass it on. “9 exercises to rehab a torn ACL without surgery,” “There are approximately 150,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears a year, most of which need to be fixed surgically. However, new research … read on Mouthwash possibly linked to oral cancers Earlier this month, a group of dental researchers in Glasgow, Scotland reported a link between frequent use of alcohol-based mouthwash (3 times per day) and oral cancers , such as mouth, throat, tongue and vocal cords.
similar study came out of Australia in 2009. The theory is that alcohol “increases the permeability of the mucosa” to carcinogens, such as nicotine or acetylaldehyde (a … read on What is too much medicine and why is it bad?
I’ve talked about it before: Health care costs are crazy high; the cost of insurance is increasing to meet those costs; and more patients than ever are being harmed by the treatment that is supposed to help them.
The overuse of medical care is directly responsible, and increased patient (consumer) awareness is needed to help turn this trend around.
read on Research says it’s not healthier
I’m always conflicted at the grocery store.
Should I spend the extra money on fruits and vegetables labeled “organic”? Or should I just buy “conventionally-grown” produce at the lower price?
I don’t mind paying premium for the best flavor, such as fresh peaches or tomatoes from local growers tha
t boast organic and sustainable farming practices.
But broccoli, apples, bananas? Can anyone really tell the …
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 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 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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One of the mandatory benefits of health insurance, thanks to Obamacare, is that
preventive or screening services are covered without charging copays or coinsurance.
Preventive care is not really “free,” of course, because we pay higher premiums and higher copays and deductibles for other health care. It’s more like pre-paid.
(Oh, and make sure the doctor and testing facility (lab or radiology) are in your …
read on Healthy aging
I don’t consider myself old, but we are all aging, aren’t we?
One of my personal irritations with our for-profit health care system—and the main reason I started this blog—is its predilection to market and sell screening tests and prescription medications of questionable value to the aging population.
In his book
Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society, Dr. Nortin Hadler scrutinizes some … read on