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Knowledge is important, but taking charge of our health through collaboration is more important: the example of fibromyalgia.
A recent study published in the British medical journal reveals why strong collaboration is so critical to good healthcare. The authors tried to compare aerobic exercise and Tai Chi for treating fibromyalgia. Both are known to be effective for some patients; so the...read more
A recent news article on NPR describes a patient experience with doctors who prescribed an effective but very expensive medicine to treat a minor toenail fungus they noticed but that the patient did not even go to them for. This story illustrates why the best care is...read more
A trial presented recently at the American College of Cardiology found that a novel medication for preventing gout increased both cardiovascular and all cause deaths compared to an older medication. One of the principles of good medicine is to weigh benefits, risks,...read more
The word heal comes from the old English "Haelan" which means not simply to cure, but "to make whole". When modern medicine adopted a scientific approach to healing, it made great strides in finding ways to cure a multitude of maladies that invaded human biology, from...read more
Everything you need, nothing you don’t need: Understand the science when making decisions about calcium and vitamin D supplements for managing your health.
Making good healthcare decisions is often difficult because the science behind them is often incomplete. What makes sense based on observing large groups of people does not always make sense when it is subject to the scrutiny of good science. Think of the way it makes...read more
The goal of good healthcare is to make sure you get everything you need, but nothing you don't need. Anything you don't need is only a risk. We all know that the costs of healthcare are skyrocketing. Most people think that the drivers for the increasing costs are...read more