Physicians have a role in lowering health care costs
The Mayo Clinic has been busy this month.
Last week researchers published a report in the
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) titled “Views of US Physicians About Controlling Health Care Costs.”
Also last week,
Mayo Clinic Proceedings published its conclusion that nearly 40% of current medical practices are of no net benefit and needlessly contribute to high health care … read on How much does good health cost? Apparently less than we are spending…
Once again, a study has shown that
although Americans far outspend other countries on health care, our health is poor in comparison.
The healthiest citizens, no surprise, are in the wealthier cities and states, and vice versa. And it’s not because they can afford better health insurance. Other studies have linked education and income level to better …
Two reports last week reminded Americans—again—that we are eating too much salt (sodium), and
the media gleefully passed on the news—again—that what we eat is killing us.
Possibly. But it’s not helpful to focus the blame on salt, when it alone is not the problem.
The American Heart Association (AHA) reported that, on average, adults consume 4,000 mg of sodium every day, or about twice what’s recommended. The United … read on
Few things make me crazier about health care in the media than reading back-to-back, conflicting stories.
For example, last week I read the article
. A few days later I read A drink a day linked to healthy aging . Even a drink a day boosts cancer death risk, alcohol study finds
Like many Americans, I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner and the occasional beer or cocktail when …
On March 1, if Congress and the president do not reach some kind of fiscal accord, mandatory cuts to federal programs—sequestration—will take effect.
One of the many victims of such massive spending cuts will be the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), the medical research arm of the Department of Health and Human Services. According to its director, Francis Collins, MD, the NIH, in a “profound and devastating blow,” will … read on Poor sleep is epidemic
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
released a report that 1 in 24 drivers admits to falling asleep while driving, and up to 33% of fatal traffic accidents may involve a drowsy driver.
Although frightening, this statistic is hardly news to those of us, myself included, who suffer from chronic sleeplessness. We can just add “death by fiery car crash” to the ever-expanding list …