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This Story from NPR about a risky and not fully tested medical procedure approved by the FDA but marketed using the "sexy" title of "vaginal rejuvenation procedure" provides a great example of why it is important to take charge of your own health decisions. It’s...read more
The decision to screen for cancer is not as easy as just wanting to find cancer early. The screening test must be followed by more definitive tests, which have some risks. As with all medical decisions, you should discuss the benefits, risks, alternatives and unknowns...read more
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