Category Archives: Problem Solving

How We Make Medical Decisions

The bewildering sensation of too much information, yet not enough knowledge to use it, is the reality for many people faced with a serious illness or condition. How do you decide what to do? Continue reading

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The Doctor-Patient Relationship

In all cases, physicians and patients owe each other certain basic obligations. Here is our list for a better relationship. Continue reading

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Umbilical Cord Blood – Should You Pay to Save It?

Blood from your baby’s umbilical cord, when properly collected and preserved immediately after delivery, contains viable stem cells that can later transform into a variety of different cell types. But it’s not a panacea. Continue reading

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Virtual Colonoscopy – Is It For You?

In a new study led by a physician at the Mayo Clinic’s facility in Phoenix and published in the journal Radiology, the investigators determined that the virtual technique was just as effective for patients over age 65 as those aged 50-65.

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A paradigm-shifting impact on solid-organ transplantation?

In what is hailed as a potential game changer in transplantation science, a small preliminary study suggests that donor matching and organ rejection issues can potentially be addressed by transplanting stem cells from the organ donor to the recipient. Continue reading

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A Different 1% of the Population

According to an analysis by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, about 1% of the privately insured population drives about 25% of overall health costs. Continue reading

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Childhood Depression is Real

Childhood depression affects many children deeply. There are tools and resources that can help. Continue reading

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Hearing Loss Help Is Often Out of Reach

Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss. Yet audiological services and hearing aids are rarely covered by insurance. Continue reading

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Becoming a Patient Navigator – 2011 Update

Patient navigation and patient advocacy as a new and emerging profession is gaining attention because it fills so many gaps in the current American health care system. Learn more about training, job opportunities and the landscape of patient navigation. Continue reading

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Hospital Infections – Stay Safe!

Preventing hospital infections: 1) Wash hands with soap; 2) Clean patient’s skin with antiseptic; 3) put sterile drapes over entire patient; 4) Wear a sterile mask, gown, hat and gloves; 5) put a sterile dressing over the catheter site. Many hospitals fail this test. Continue reading

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