Prostate Cancer News.
The New England Journal of Medicine just published the results of a 30 year study from Scandinavia of the effect of radical prostate surgery on the risk of death from prostate cancer. The study sample was 695 men, all of … Read More
Good News for Type 1 Diabetics!
Last week I wrote about one of the problems facing Type 1 diabetics: the ever increasing cost of the insulin they need to stay alive. Today, I am writing about some good news that may reduce the need for insulin. … Read More
Insulin Makers Should Be Ashamed of Themselves
If you have been following our blog, you know that my 8 year old grandson is a Type 1 diabetic and has been for 5 years now. Unlike Type 2 diabetes, no amount of weight loss or diet or lifestyle … Read More
Pay More, Get Less
The United States spends more per person on health care than any other developed country. At the same time, our life expectancy is less than that in other developed countries. What is going on? Let’s start with the cost of … Read More
The Walmarting of American Medicine
Where do you go when you need to see a doctor? For many Americans, the answer is no longer “to my family doctor.” Patient visits to family practice doctors have been declining for years. Many of these patients now take … Read More
Posted in Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Pharmacies
Genomic Testing in Prostate Cancer
There were approximately 165,000 new prostate cancers diagnosed last year in the United States. During the same time period, there were 29,000 deaths from prostate cancer. The deaths were almost entirely due to highly aggressive forms of the disease. Most … Read More
The Fee For Service Model Needs To Go.
The primary method of doctor and hospital compensation in the United States is “fee for service.” Under this model, doctors and hospitals get paid on an individual basis for each act of service they provide to a patient. The model … Read More
Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, General Health, Health Care Costs, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Pharmacy Malpractice, tort reform
A Second Opinion Is Smart.
A second opinion can save your life and these days there is very little excuse not to get one no matter where you live. I have written about the importance of second opinions from time to time in the past. … Read More
Guess What Is The Biggest Problem in Health Care Today? It’s You.
There was a great essay in the Wall Street Journal recently that highlighted a big problem in health care. In spite of the many advances in detecting and treating illnesses, patients just don’t want to change their lifestyles and that … Read More
Women Doctors Better than Men?
Might women doctors be better than men? They are if you believe a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. When investigators compared hospital readmission and mortality rates for Medicare patients treated by male and female physicians, those treated by female patients fared … Read More