How to Keep Track of Your Prescription Medications

If you’re like many Americans, your day begins with a hot cup of coffee…and a handful of pills. A report from the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicates that seven out of ten Americans rely on at least one prescription medication. Many others take several pills every day. Some maintain a complex regimen involving different drugs at different times, sometimes totaling five or more pills before the sun sets. Keeping track of all these medications can prove difficult, even for the most conscientious among us. Poor medication management, however, could have devastating consequences. If you struggle with keeping track of your…

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Complications in Hospital Childbirth: Are Mothers to Blame?

Ample data suggests that America is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. But while concerned parents blame our health care system and, more specifically, the medical professionals directly involved in childbirth, the medical community has repeatedly claimed that unhealthy parents are, in fact, to blame. This chicken-or-egg argument may be even more complicated than once assumed, as we explain below: Childbirth Injuries and Fatalities: By the Numbers It’s no secret that the United States leads the developed world in infant mortality, but the issue may be far more severe than most people suspect. Statistics from…

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Do’s And Don’ts For Getting a Second Opinion From Another Doctor

You respect your doctor’s opinion but aren’t so sure that you agree. While it’s tempting to play along, your gut may be more accurate than you suspect; a notable Mayo Clinic study reveals that 88 percent of those who seek additional opinions for complex conditions obtain either a new or refined diagnosis. Unfortunately, seeking a second opinion can be challenging even if you’re ordinarily assertive. If you’re reluctant to speak up, these do’s and don’ts might help: Don’t: Avoid Speaking Up For Fear of Being Too Demanding If you’re dealing with a serious illness or condition, don’t keep quiet when…

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Cervical Health Awareness

The United States Congress voted January Cervical Health Awareness Month. Each year, nearly 13,000 women get cervical cancer. Fortunately, it is preventable, but you have to take your health into your own hands. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes nearly every case of cervical cancer. Nearly 80 million Americans have HPV, but many do not know they have it. Fortunately, we can take decisive action against cervical cancer. Prevention A vaccine can prevent HPV infection. Both boys and girls should get the shot in their pre-teen years. The vaccine produces a stronger immune response during these years. After the age of fourteen,…

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Is Your Medical Device a Hacking Risk?

More and more, Americans are relying on medical devices to extend and improve the quality of their lives. From insulin pumps to pacemakers, there is a medical device for every part of your body. Unfortunately, every one of them is vulnerable to hacking. “We’ve yet to find a device that we’ve looked at that we haven’t been able to hack,” said Jonathan Butts, a cybersecurity researcher. Medical devices have computers. Anyone who can hack a computer can hack into a medical device and take control, potentially putting the patient’s life in jeopardy. It is not even necessary to be in…

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What Can You Do If Your Privacy Is Violated?

Privacy is a principal concern in the healthcare industry. Your doctor knows more about you than almost anyone else. We often tell doctors things we would never tell anyone else and it is all stored in your medical records. Medical records are a convenient way to store information from multiple institutions and from multiple specialists in one place. Doctors make use of the convenience, but they are not the only ones. Unscrupulous individuals, both inside and outside the healthcare field, want access to your private information. According to recent reports, they are getting that access. Source of the Leaks Many…

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The Presence of Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Hospital Sinks

When you visit a hospital, you expect the facility to be clean and sterile. In fact, hospitals must adhere to strict regulations when it comes to cleanliness. However, a new study at a hospital in Milwaukee found that strains of drug-resistant bacteria existed in multiple sink drains in the hospital. In spaces where sick patients reside each day, these bacteria can pose a significant hazard. Drug-Resistant Bacteria Study A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined the cleanliness of a 26-bed intensive care unit in Milwaukee. The hospital had an open concept design for each room, with…

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What Can You Do When Your Doctor Is Negligent?

A recent study indicates that medical errors may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Two hundred fifty thousand people a year die not due to any disease, but to hospital and clinic oversights and mistakes. It is a deadly problem that could happen to anyone, regardless of medical history, age, or any other demographic. Anyone who visits a hospital is potentially at risk. Many Opportunities for Mistakes Even a good doctor is not above the occasional mistake, often missing key information in what may be a complex case. There are many reasons why health…

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Advances in Medical Tech Don’t Necessarily Guarantee Safety

Progress in the field of medicine and surgery continues to advance, instilling in patients greater trust in the safety of procedures. It is important to be aware, however, that physician error and malpractice can still occur, even with the latest technology at hospitals’ disposal. The da Vinci Surgical System The da Vinci surgical system is a robot designed to make surgeries and recovery more efficient. Its precision should lead to less scarring and less recovery time for the patient. Complications have fallen to under 3 percent when surgeons use it. Intuitive Surgical, the makers of da Vinci, as well as…

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Doctor Burnout: Risks, Causes, and Consequences

Doctors have a very strenuous job – however, their job is also extremely important to the well-being of the people they treat. Many physicians report feeling stressed and burned out as a result of their profession, which can lead to dangerous medical errors. Have you suffered injuries due to doctor burnout? Doctor Burnout Statistics A national survey found that over half of American doctors experience burnout, making them more likely to cause medical errors. Out of the 6,700 clinic and hospital physicians surveyed: Over 10% of doctors stated that they committed at least one severe medical mistake in the three…

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