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Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Melanoma

A diagnosis of melanoma was often a death sentence.  It was and remains today one of the most dangerous of the skin cancers.  However, as science has marched on, there have been a number of developments in prevention, diagnosis and … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, genetic testing, health, healthy living, Melanoma, science news |

The Good Bacteria

Last week I wrote about some of the dangers of overuse and misuse of antibiotics: they create resistance among the disease causing bacteria and make antibiotics less effective in saving lives.  There is an equally important second reason, however.  The … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, health, Health Insurers, healthy living, Obesity, obesity epidemic, science news, Type 1 Diabetes |

The Danger of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

We are surrounded by life forms that are constantly mutating and changing.  This is particularly true of bacteria.  Because they have such short life spans, they can evolve quickly to meet threats.  That is exactly what they have done to … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, Sepsis |

We Are At The Bottom. Again. Still.

USA!  USA!  We’re Number –  Eleven? The Commonwealth Fund was founded in 1918 to create better, more accessible health care systems.  Since 2004, it has been conducting studies of the health care systems of the richest eleven countries in the … Read More

Posted in drug companies, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare |

Physician Conflicts of Interest

Physicians occupy a special place in our society.  They are respected and honored.  They are often well-compensated for their efforts.  We trust our doctors.  Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy |

“The Hip Bone Is Connected To The Thigh Bone.”

Our bodies are beautiful machines that evolved over millions of years to keep us alive and healthy.  My practice requires me to do a lot of studying about the human body.  I am continually amazed as I come into contact … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, healthy living, Obesity, obesity epidemic, Type 1 Diabetes |

Your Medical Records Access Is Changing

You have a right to see your medical records.  Recent changes in the law and in federal regulations are increasing your rights in this area.  Know your rights and take advantage of them. If you have received medical treatment in … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, health, Hospitals, medical charts, medical errors, medical mistakes |

Defensive Medicine is a Fraud.

Defensive medicine is the name doctors give to the tests or treatment they admit are unnecessary but they order anyway out of what they claim is fear of being sued for malpractice.  It is an unethical fraud and the doctors … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, tort reform |

Hospital Pricing Is Broken.

A recent study by the RAND Corporation discovered that hospitals across the United States charge private health insurers far more than they charge Medicare for the same services.  The amount by which hospital bills exceed what they are paid by … Read More

Posted in health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare, Secrecy |

How Much Longer Can Fee For Service Last?

I recently read a post by a representative of the American College of Cardiology which discussed the origin of the fee for service model and its pernicious effects on the delivery of health care in the United States.  Fee for … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Rationing |