Benefits of Low Blood Pressure
New Study Suggests Shift In Thinking About How Low Blood Pressure Should Go? For decades healthcare providers had a carved-in-stone formula for what constituted normal blood pressure for people over 60: 140 or even 150 over 80. However, a comprehensive new study released by the federal government suggests that going much lower – 120 and below…Read More >>
Is Your Heart Older Than You?
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 75% of American adults have hearts that are chronologically older than the rest of their physiology. “Too many U.S. adults have a heart age years older than their real age, increasing their risk of heart disease and stroke,” said CDC Director Tom…Read More >>
Water – Not Enough Or Too Much of a Good Thing?
Two new studies have turned the medical spotlight on the consumption of water, and specifically how much and when is optimal for your health. In these dog day afternoons of our unusually hot summer, one health message resonates more than any other: Drink plenty of water. To be more specific, a kind of mantra has…Read More >>
Sleep Deprivation in Hospital Leaves Patients Yearning for Home Sweet Home
The systemic healthcare problem of patient sleep deprivation in hospitals seems counter-intuitive. After all, what do patients have to do but to rest and recover? That, however, is the problem. While statistics are hard to come by, anecdotal information from patients – including healthcare providers who find themselves on the other side of the equation…Read More >>
Is PTSD Linked to Genetics?
Decades after they fought in the Vietnam War, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry medical journal indicates that U.S. combatants in the conflict – all told, some 270,000 Vietnam vets – continue to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, with one-third of those having a current, major depressive disorder. The study underscores the…Read More >>
New Screening Tests for Prostate Cancer
Several new studies conducted separately by some of the most prestigious universities in the country are paving a new way to screen for prostate cancer. While previously the emphasis was on a standardized one-size-fits-all test, today research points to the effectiveness of different test – for example, men with a family history of prostate cancer…Read More >>
Modernizing Primary Care Through Personalized Medicine
Our world has changed rapidly over the past few decades with the development of personal computers, cell phones, and the Internet. Unfortunately our primary care system hasn’t kept pace with these changes. Inefficient Primary Care Doctors today are tied to antiquated and inefficient methods of practicing primary care because of the restrictions placed on them…Read More >>
What’s in a Name? “Hospital” or “Medical Center”?
You’re feeling unwell, it’s the weekend and you need to see a doctor, fast. So where do you go? A hospital or a medical center and what’s the difference? According to a study conducted by Rivkin & Associates LLC and Bauman Research & Consulting LLC, consumers associate hospitals with a greater variety of services, better medical…Read More >>
Is U.S. Health Care Headed the way of the Airlines?
U.S health care has been changing rapidly over the past few decades. Health care today is focused on curing and treating illnesses once they’ve developed, not preventing these illnesses from emerging in the first place. Are we to see a health care system similar to today’s airlines? Health care deconstructed to a level where only…Read More >>
Update: Medicare Spending Increased When Consult Pay Eliminated
A study of Medicare claims data suggests that eliminating payments for consultations commonly billed by specialists was associated with a net increase in spending on visits to both primary care physicians and specialists by 6.5%, according to a report published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. Prior to 2010, the Medicare…Read More >>