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Mayo Clinic Cited For Accidentally Burning Monkey During Research

AP | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic has been cited by federal authorities for accidentally burning a monkey during a research procedure. ...

Unfit and Proud of It!

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

People need to be shown, not told, how their lifestyle is helping or hurting their health. Everyone accepts the necessity of medical testing to detect the early stages of disease. Shouldn't the early stages of physical decline also be included so that positive interventions can be started before it becomes necessary to order the cane, walker or wheelchair?

The Problem of Health Inequity Unites Us All

Laurie Fenton Ambrose | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Laurie Fenton Ambrose

When studies take place, researchers often fail to analyze data by sex or include sex-specific factors, making it difficult to uncover differences in incidence, prevalence and survivability between men and women.

Get A Grip: Handshake as Predictor of Longevity

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The idea of assessing an individual by his handshake is nothing new. However recent research suggests that you may be able to judge much more than character.

Genetic Testing Should Adhere to Medical, Not Business, Ethics: FDA's Regulation of 23andMe Is a Welcome Move for Consumers

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Karuna Jaggar

Public health and patient protection should come before company profit. And this week the FDA has taken a welcome stand to protect public health by insisting that what is clearly a medical service be regulated as such.

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

Paying for Health Care

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If you're 30, you may not notice. But if you're my age, tell me honestly you don't see a difference. Want to replace fee-for service? Go ahead. I'm for anything that works, as long as it doesn't turn off quality youngsters from wanting to be doctors.

GAO Reports Self-Referrals for Imaging Are Costly: Part II

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

During the fiscal year of 2010, self-referrals amounted to over $109 million dollars in extra payments from Medicare, which equates to approximately 400,000 diagnostic imaging examinations for seemingly arbitrary purposes.

GAO Reports Self-Referrals for Imaging Are Costly

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Self-referral leads to more images, more treatment, more surgeries, etc., and contributes to the escalation in the unsustainable rising health-care costs. It is a vicious cycle. So why not just eliminate self-referral?

The Medical Over-Reaction of "Just To Be Sure"

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My husband, who had open heart surgery in 2006, recently stumbled on uneven pavement. His fall led led to X-rays, blood work an EKG and countless other tests with the recommendation that he then head over to the ER for a CAT Scan "just to be sure." Just to be sure of what?

Study Finds Medicare Recipients Given Too Many Unnecessary Tests

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty

When is too much of a good thing not so good? A study by Dartmouth College and just published by the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that certa...

Should We Listen to Our Doctors?

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

We alone are responsible for our own health. Physicians are guides, but we all need to feel more entitled to direct our medical care.

In Support of the Annual Physical Exam

Dr. Frank Spinelli | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Frank Spinelli

Shouldn't we be focusing on preventative health care instead of discouraging patients to see their doctor annually? Aside from the unnecessary tests, over-prescribed medications and needless scans, what's so wrong with fostering this basic human interaction?

12 Medical Tests That Can Do More Harm Than Good

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Enter a new term into the midlife vernacular: medical gluttony. It's when our doctors order a barrage of "just in case" medical testing to keep us hap...

Normal Medical Lab Results Not So Normal

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The medical field continues to define health as the absence of disease, an impoverished conceptualization that underlies the most fundamental problems in our health care system.

Choosing (Medicine) Wisely: Good Answers for Good Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Make your standard of care better than standard. Be a good boss -- ask good questions, get good answers. By doing so, you can help ensure that you and your doctor are always diligent, and choosing wisely -- together.

To Improve U.S. Health Care, Heed MD-Specialists' Suggestions to Reduce Excess Tests

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The goal of quality patient care is and always should be the same: Health care professionals should do the right thing for the right patient in the right setting with the right resources.

Obesity Raises Risk From Common Medical Test, Study Suggests

Posted 04.07.2012 | Science

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 04/06/2012 11:04 AM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Obese people may be exposed to more ...

When Is Too Much Information Too Much?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Research should guide decision-making but not be the end all. Physicians need to know how the "research findings" might be applied in a patient's individual circumstance.

Resisting the Tyranny of Medical Testing

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

What are the performance characteristics of a test? This term refers broadly to how reliably a test finds what it is looking for, and how reliably it finds only what it is looking for without mistakenly sounding an unnecessary alarm.

9 In 10 Docs Blame Lawsuit Fears For Overtesting

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Ninety percent of physicians surveyed said doctors overtest and overtreat to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits. That senti...

ER Doctors: Lawsuit Fears Lead To Overtesting

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Fast decisions on life-and-death cases are the bread and butter of hospital emergency rooms. Nowhere do doctors face greater pressures...

Part the Third and Final: The White Rabbit Vanishes (We Hope) Down the Rabbit Hole!

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

I've tried to present both "sides" and provide a glimpse of a "typical" procedure. Now I'm hoping that the truth about the need for animal testing for human health and survival will finally "out."

What is a Myelogram?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

A myelogram can help your doctor make a diagnosis or plan the appropriate treatment to help relieve back or leg symptoms.