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
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
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
The Brave New World of Genomic Testing.
An organism’s genome controls its destiny. This is as true for the human genome as it is for the genome of the Covid-2 coronavirus. It was less than 20 years ago that scientists first sequenced the human genome. The project … Read More
“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
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
The Medtronic Insulin Pump Lawsuits Are Beginning.
If you read these posts with any regularity, you know my 10 year old grandson is a Type 1 diabetic. He just “celebrated” his “diaversary,” marking 7 years since his diagnosis on the Labor Day weekend in 2013. He manages … Read More
Hospitals are where the sick people are. While patients may go home after they get better, they often leave bacteria and viruses behind, where they infect the next round of patients. You may go to the hospital to get well, … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medicare, Nurses, Sepsis
Urgent Care or Emergency Department?
One of the most obvious changes in the medical landscape over the last 15 years has been the proliferation of urgent care clinics. You can’t drive down almost any street in a major metropolitan area without passing at least a … Read More
Posted in Board Certification, Cardiac CT scan, Doctors, Health Care Costs, healthy living, heart attack, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, Stroke
Sugar And The Brain
Recently, I was reading some articles about added sugar in our diets. Most added sugar comes from processed foods and is already in the box or the jar before we bring it home from the store. Dieticians and nutritionists recommend … Read More