Mon Mar 19 2018

Category: Hospital / Doctor Care

ADHD Medication Abuse in Teens

Posted in ADHD, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Hospital / Doctor Care, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Teen Health

Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention deficit drugs soared 76% over eight years.  That's sobering evidence of the dangerous consequences of prescription misuse.  That's according to a new study.  The calls were from worried parents, emergency room doctors, and others seeking advice on how to deal with the problem which can be [&hellip

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Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention

Posted in Blood Pressure, Exercise / Fitness, Heart Health, Hospital / Doctor Care, Screenings / Tests

When we talk about primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, what do we mean by that?  Primary prevention is where you tell someone to exercise so they can prevent heart disease.  Secondary prevention, that's when we make a diagnosis.  We notice that someone has high blood pressure through a test in the examination room, and we [&hellip

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Post-Surgical Pain Can Be Treated Effectively

Posted in Ache / Pain, Hospital / Doctor Care, Medications

Post-surgical pain is definitely something which cannot be minimized.  Fortunately, in the hospital setting, most people are aware that you can treat post-surgical pain effectively by essentially doing what you can to reduce the pain and inflammation.  Often, that is done through narcotic analgesics, but we have to be careful because you don't want to [&hellip

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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Posted in Hospital / Doctor Care

Plastic surgeons say they are starting to feel the pinch as people try to selectively spend their dollars.  Nevertheless, many are still turning to plastic and reconstructive surgery.  But as an informed consumer, there are important questions you need to ask.  If you're not sure how to evaluate those that provide care, you should listen [&hellip

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Exercise May Reduce Risk of Hospitalization in Older Adults

Posted in Exercise / Fitness, Geriatric Health, Hospital / Doctor Care, Research

Exercise could reduce the risk of hospitalizations.  Older adults who have low muscle density are at higher risk of being hospitalized.  Measuring how much fat compared to lean tissue there is in thigh muscle is the most accurate gauge of a person's risk of hospitalization.  A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society [&hellip

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Knowing the Side-Effects of Your Medications

Posted in Hospital / Doctor Care, Medications

It's important when we talk about medications, we have to know the side-effects.  Side-effects can be critical, and it is essential that you just don't know the way a drug works, but the side-effects.  You're probably saying, "I'm the patient, why do I have to worry?"  Your doctor will tell you certain things, but you [&hellip

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MRSA and Drug Resistance

Posted in Ache / Pain, Hospital / Doctor Care, Infections, Medications, Viruses

It's only the beginning.  I hate to say that, but we are starting to see Methicillin-resistant Staphs aureus as just an extension of a bigger problem.  Drug resistance, antibiotic resistance, is a growing problem in this country.  Partly doctors are to blame because basically doctors prescribe too many medications too often, as well as the [&hellip

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Evaluating Fevers in Children Under Three

Posted in Hospital / Doctor Care, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Research

It is a very common question for parents and a very challenging issue for doctors.  What do you do when a child under three has a fever?  From a parental standpoint, I always give the same advice: Don't hesitate to call your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.  In the first few months [&hellip

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Prenatal Care Is Essential During Pregnancy

Posted in Blood Pressure, Diabetes / Blood Sugar, Hospital / Doctor Care, Parenting & Pregnancy, Research, Vitamins & Supplements, Women's Health

I'm always stressing the point that if you are pregnant, or are considering becoming pregnant, you need to get to an obstetrician for regular care and follow-up as soon as you can.  There are numerous reasons.  The simplest and most common is your doctor can answer dozens of questions you might have.  In addition, you [&hellip

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Modern Communication Technology Can Improve Patient Prognosis

Posted in Heart Health, Hospital / Doctor Care, Technology

Modern communication technologies can help patients improve their prognosis.  A review of studies finds that heart patients who can communicate with their health providers over the telephone or the internet reduced their risk for heart disease and further heart problems after a heart attack.  Often, a nurse was available to answer questions or guide patients [&hellip

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