A New Problem For Hospitals – And Patients
When you go to the hospital for an operation, you expect that the hospital will have the surgical instruments and medical devices the surgeon will need to perform the procedure. With rare exceptions, that has not been a problem in … Read More
Some Really Good News About Prostate Cancer
One in nine men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetimes. Most will die of something else. Fewer than 20% will develop the aggressive form of the cancer which is most likely to spread and to kill the patient. Until … Read More
Posted in Cancer, Doctors, General Health, genetic testing, health, Health Care Costs, Infection, medical research, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing, science news
Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One
As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospitals, Infection, medical research, Nurses, science news, Sepsis
Just Because A Doctor Says It . . .
There is a saying no patient should ever forget, “Just because a doctor says it, doesn’t make it true.” As I have often remarked before, medicine is a business, and a big one at that, and we are its customers. … Read More
Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Blood Clots, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, healthy living, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare
Technology Comes For The Humble Stethoscope.
Two hundred years ago, a Frenchman invented a tube with which he could listen to heart and lung sounds. This was the first stethoscope. Heart disease is one of the major causes of death throughout the world. Often the abnormalities … Read More
Hospitals and the Weekend Effect
The weekend effect is a recognized phenomenon in the medical world. You and I aren’t the only people who like to have some time off on the weekends. So do doctors and nurses and the many other workers who are … Read More
Generic Drug Betrayal
The promise of generic drugs is enticing: quality replacements for name-brand drugs at a fraction of the price. Regardless of whether that promise was ever anything more than an illusion, it is a proven lie today. I read two recent … Read More
How the U.S. Health System Puts Diabetics in Danger
“How the U.S. health-care system puts people with diabetes in danger” is the title of an article which appeared today in the Washington Post. The author is an ICU physician who sees and treats diabetics when they become critically ill … Read More
The news is full of stories about vaccines. While vaccines are generally safe and protect the individual and society from many of the most dangerous and deadly illnesses nature has devised, people occasionally suffer a bad reaction to a vaccination. … Read More
Sepsis and Diet.
Sepsis is one of the leading killers in the United States. 1.7 million Americans get sepsis each year. Fully one-third of all patients who die in hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming infection. For most of … Read More