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Crying Over Dry Eyes

July 18, 2017
Crying Over Dry Eyes

When a doctor accepts payments or perks from a pharmaceutical company to encourage prescribing of that firm’s drugs, does a doctor really have patients’ best interests in mind?

Let’s Answer the Questions About Marijuana

July 11, 2017
Let's Answer the Questions About Marijuana

Much more research is needed to determine the medical benefits and risks associated with marijuana. Changing its drug classification from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 will help.

Mammogram Pros and Cons (Yes, There Are Cons)

June 27, 2017
Mammorgram Pros and Cons

Mammogram Pros: They save lives. Mammograms are estimated to reduce cancer rates by 15%. Translated, that means that over a 10-year period if 2,000 women get screening mammograms, 1 will have her life saved.

Mammogram Cons: They cause significant harm. Over those same 10 years, of those 2,000 women 10 Continue Reading →

Act Now! Insurance May Not Cover Birth Control Much Longer

June 13, 2017
Birth Control Under Attack in New Health Care Bill

The new health care bill going through Congress will likely cut birth control from health plan coverage. What will be the consequences for women?

Can 6 Questions Diagnose Adult ADHD? Probably Not.

June 6, 2017
Can 6 Questions Diagnose Adult ADHD? Probably Not.

A 6-question test purports to diagnose ADHD in adults. Can such a simple test screen for ADHD when many of its symptoms are associated with other ailments?

What Doctors Know and Patients Don’t

May 23, 2017
What Doctors Know and Patients Don’t

Doctors know a lot about how our health care system operates. Knowing some of what they do can make you a more informed patient and improve your own health care.

Can You Trust a New Drug?

May 9, 2017
Can You Trust a New Drug?

A new study finds that nearly 1 out of 3 drugs approved by the FDA has a safety issue after it hits the market. Why is this the case and what can be done?