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9.11 Firefighters Have an Increased Risk for Cancer

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Male firefighters exposed to toxic dust and smoke from the 9/11 disaster have a 19% increased risk for all types of cancer. They were exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and dioxins, all known carcinogens. This is important data because it now makes it possible for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to...

Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients are Commonplace

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
There are more than 100,000 deaths from the expected side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and more than 2 million events requiring hospitalization. Mistakes in administering drugs in the hospital are now commonplace. We have problem!          

American Cancer Society Waffles on Need for Screening Tests for Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/18/2016
  In a field plagued by frequent controversy, the American Cancer Society (ACS) claims to have taken a major step forward to provide transparency in how justified it is in recommending cancer screening tests. It blames oncologists with a conflict of interest...what would you expect from an organization that depends on income from big pharma and the mammography...

Can You Trust Your Doctor to Prescribe the Best Treatment?

submitted by: admin on 06/05/2014
According to a study by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that was published in the May 2014 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, you cannot trust television and magazine ads for US cancer centers. They studied more than 400 ads and report that they mislead patients because they are heavy on emotional appeal and light on the real...

Canine Medicine Heals

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Dogs play a very important role in medical research, as service dogs, and as therapy dogs. They have been shown to sniff out cancer cells from the bladder, lung, prostate, breast, and skin with accuracy as high as 97%. They can detect when glucose levels are too high or low, to recognize when blood pressure is too high, when a heart attack is happening,...

Do MDs Overuse Medicare Services?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Mixing medicine and business lead to conflicts of interest. There are many cases where hospitals, clinics, and MDs overcharge Medicare and situations where they are restricted from delivering good care.

Do You Have the Right to Know if a Trainee is Doing Your Surgery?

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  According to a study published in July 2012 Archives of Surgery, only about 25% of eye institutions had a policy of informing patients that residents would be involved in their surgery! The reasoning of these teaching facilities is that it is critical that residents learn how to do surgeries and that if patients were offered the choice of not having...

Food in Childrens' Hospitals is Unhealthy

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Only 7% of food in 14 major childrens' hospitals in California was considered healthy according to a new study published in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corporation did the study. They concluded that "as health professionals, we understand the connection between healthy eating and good health..." Nothing could...

Getting Sleep in the Hospital

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
Hospitals are a very difficult place to sleep. Patient comfort is not a high priority in the hospital; treatments are. Generally, sleeping pills are used instead of music, massage, or relaxation. Rest is critical when we are sick!        

Health Care Cuts are Inevitable

submitted by: admin on 09/23/2013
  The failure of the congressional super committee triggers a 2% across the board cut to Medicare. This is just the beginning of what is likely to happen to Medicare services as Congress attempts to balance the nation's budget.. This, of course, will lead to fewer MDs and hospitals accepting Medicare patients. It will also most likely lead to raising...

Lack of Hand Washing in Hospitals Can Be Fatal

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
It is easy to forget about washing hands when we're busy, but the consequences of failing to do this lead to many deaths, cost, and morbidity. Good isolation practices need to be enforced. About 5% of hospitalized people come out of the hospital with an acquired infection.      

McDonald's in Pediatric Hospitals: What is the Message?

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  Follow the dollars and you'll understand why this has happened. Today's medicine does not appreciate the value and importance of good nutrition. Mainstream medicine doesn't practice nutritional medicine, not even GI MD's.        

Medical Buzz Words Signal Economic Take Over

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
When the buzz words of medical practice change, they reflect a change in how it works. Today's medicine now looks at hospitals as factories and office visits as economic transactions. Patients are no longer patients but consumers or customers. Doctors and nurses are considered providers. Reducing medicine to economics makes a mockery of the bond between...

Medical Dept in the US is the Leading Cause of Bankruptcy

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
79 million US citizens have medical debt. Millions are un- or under-insured. Health care is a right but disparities are common. Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy. Business trumps service today. We need real health care reform.        

Mistakes are Common in US Hospitals

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
About one in three people in the US will encounter some kind of medical mistake during a hospitalization. The number of mistakes has been seriously underestimated as new studies show that there are about 10 times more errors than previously believed. We cannot depend on health care practitioners to admit their errors unless there's no other option. A tool...

Nutrition in the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 04/13/2024
As we age we lose the ability to produce energy, and when nutrition is especially important. Food in hospitals compared to more nutritious diets has been studied. Ability to make antibodies is superior with a better diet.

Occupy Wall Street: Effects on Health Care

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
Occupy Wall Street is now a global movement to stop the greed of corporate America that is oppressing 99% of the middle class and poor. The effects of this greed on health care are reviewed as Dr. Len points out that even though there are 30 million more Americans who'll quality for Medicaid, that the quality and extent of services are being soundly compromised....

Too Many Seniors are on Risky Drugs

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  According to a study from Brown University that was published in the April issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21% of seniors received a potentially harmful drug for which there was a safer alternative in 2009. This was based on data from more than 6 million Medicare patients. If one in five seniors are on a dangerous drug, and the average...

Wellness City Challenge with Raymond Francis

submitted by: admin on 04/13/2024
Nutrition is essential for wellness. There are three simple dietary rules to follow that are critical for health. Walnut Creek is setting the example of what a city and county can do to help our kids get and stay healthy.

Why Mainstream Medicine Resists CAM

submitted by: admin on 12/17/2014
An article published in the December 2014 supplement of Medical Care presented 14 original studies promoting the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the military to manage PTSD. They reported that CAM programs are now offered in 90% of VA hospitals today for chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. They can do this because they are...

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