I’ve posted before about the limitations of Life Line Screening.
The screening tests they offer in their basic “wellness” package are either not recommended at all because they aren’t effective screening tools (carotid ultrasound), or are not recommended for the general public (abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound). Please read my previous post for more information on that:
Don’t reach for Life Line Screenings Screening tests are best discussed with … read on I first posted about Life Line screenings two years ago. I’m re-posting today as this post still gets a lot of traffic and I wanted to reopen the comments. Overtreating, overspending
I just received an invitation in the mail!
Not to a party or a wedding or anything fun, but to a Life Line Screening event being held at a local church. The letter says they’re holding a spot for …
I think it was a mistake to allow prescription drug commercials on TV. In my humble opinion, at least.
But I’m not alone in disliking these commercials, or direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads, as they’re called.
The news website
that explains more about how DTC ads came to be ever present on our TVs. They attempt to be fair and present both sides of the debate, but … Vox recently released a video read on
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and the online news site
Vox recently sought to open Americans’ eyes as to how much more we pay for healthcare compared to other countries. America’s healthcare prices are out of control. These 11 charts prove it.
I can’t copy their charts, but basically they are bar graphs. The bar that shows how much patients in the US pay for similar …
As a nurse who worked for a surgeon, I had to spend a lot of time talking to patients and educating them about their proposed surgeries.
The surgeon talked to them first, of course, but often patients don’t remember everything the surgeon said. Or they think of questions after the consult.
If I couldn’t answer a question, or if I thought the patient really didn’t understand what the surgery entailed—why …
I’ve been a fan of Peggy Girshman’s science and healthcare writing for a long time, so it was with great sadness that I read about her death in March at the young age of 61.
But in tribute to her award-winning journalism career, which included long stints at both
NPR and Kaiser Health News, she actually wrote her own eulogy!
She wanted to share a few simple lessons …
read on Knowledge is king
That’s the take home message from Professor (of pharmacy) James McCormack’s
latest parody video, which takes a whack at healthcare’s increasingly pervasive and rigid medical guidelines. , End of the Line
If followed to the letter, these guidelines (often based on research funded by drug companies) would have everyone diagnosed with a disease and taking one or more medications. Medical guidelines …
Shared decision-making makes better informed patients, and better informed patients
. use less health care
…as many as 20% of patients who participate in shared decision making choose less invasive surgical options and more conservative treatment than do patients who do not use decision aids.
Which lowers health care costs.
…a 2012 study…showed that providing decision aids to patients eligible for hip and knee replacements substantially reduced both surgery rates
read on I don’t think anyone would be surprised to know that Americans are popping more pills than ever.
About 60% take at least one prescription medication. Even more take daily dietary supplements, herbal remedies or other over-the-counter drugs.
And the more drugs you take, the higher the risk of dangerous drug interactions.
new study published this month in reports that close to 88% of older Americans over the age … JAMA read on
I just read a funny-not-funny post on the health care blog
KevinMD: This doctor orders pregnancy tests on men. You’re probably doing it too
The author, a physician, laments that his hospital’s electronic health records system (EHR or EMR) makes it way too easy to make mistakes, such as ordering pregnancy tests on male patients.
Now this may sound funny to you, and I know the nurses love to read