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 …
read on The right medication at the right dose
journal that showed about 85% of parents make mistakes when measuring out doses of liquid over-the-counter medications. Pediatrics recently published a study
That reminded me of this
short video from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio talking about medication errors made by parents or other caregivers.
Using over 10 years of data from the National Poison Center, researchers …
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 Triclosan isn’t effective
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began drafting guidelines for the use of the popular antibacterial,
triclosan, about 40 years ago.
Two years ago they announced they were ready to implement some much-needed oversight of this chemical. They asked the manufacturers of soaps and body washes to provide
more evidence of both its effectiveness and safety.
Well, those companies came up short. Last …
read on The FDA issues a warning
In my last post about treating heartburn, I mentioned
Pepto-Bismol as one of several inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter treatments.
I also said that anyone who is allergic or sensitive to aspirin should not use
Pepto-Bismol because it contains salicylic acid, or aspirin.
Aspirin is a blood thinner and can cause bleeding in the stomach.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a consumer … read on
Last week I posted that you should
always ask for a copy of your medical reports.
One of the downsides, of course, is that those reports are often written in medical language that can be confusing or alarming.
But in response to a more savvy patient population, the College of American Pathologists has made a video to explain how the system works and to encourage patients to be involved …
read on An error of omission
A few weeks ago there was a lot of news about how
medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.
A medical error is defined as
“an unintended act (either of omission or commission) or one that does not achieve its intended outcome.”
a Philadelphia paper is highlighting one very common mistake: when you … read on Scary headlines sell news
Last week the media blitzed us with
headlines that linked cell phones with an increased risk of brain and heart cancers.
Don’t believe everything you read in a headline!
That news story was based on a
study out of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that looked at the effect of cell phone radiation on rats.
Most journalists, if you bothered to read the …
read on Hospital safety and medical mistakes
A friend forwarded an email to me. It was from
he subscribes to, and this particular post was about what the writer, a doctor as well as a blogger, considers a retirement blog “The deadliest place you’re likely to visit this year…”
He’s talking about hospitals. And he’s not being overly dramatic, either.
He knows what many of us in health care know: hospitals can …
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