Monthly Archives: November 2015

Four Things to Say at Your First Visit with a New Doctor

It’s always a little awkward getting to know a new physician. After the first hellos, and before the examination begins, it’s smart to set the stage for an effective relationship. Physicians can’t read your mind. They don’t know what role you’d … Continue reading

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Was It Something You Ate?

You know the feeling. It starts with a few twitches or cramping in your abdomen and ends up with weakness, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting and a fever. What nobody ever seems to know is whether the illness was … Continue reading

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Do Teens and Adults Need Another Whooping Cough Shot?

I had whooping cough a few years ago and it’s no picnic, even as an adult. It starts like a moderate cold or flu and ends up with several weeks of a cough you won’t forget. It sounds different than … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know Before Making Healthcare Decisions

Do you really feel prepared to make most healthcare decisions for yourself or your family? Maybe you expect your healthcare providers will tell you whatever it is you need to know. Or it could be that your physician is  underestimating … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids How to Be Effective Patients

Kids develop attitudes about health care very early on. The sooner you start teaching them how they can play a role in asking questions and understanding what’s happening, the more likely they will grow up to be effective patients. There … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Ensure Your Test Results Get Noticed

Silence isn’t golden. It turns out that over the last 10 years, physicians have been ordering a lot more diagnostic tests. Partly due to the sheer volume of medical data created, a significant number of diagnostic test results may not … Continue reading

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Are You Afraid to Ask for a Second Opinion?

Does the thought of getting a second opinion for something you’re facing freak you out a little bit? Maybe your doctor is telling you to get surgery, or an invasive test, or a procedure you’re not sure you need.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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How to Have Your Own Complete Medical Record

Let’s face it. There is, almost without a doubt, no file cabinet or computer file in the universe that tells the story of your body’s health over your lifetime. Who knows what shots you got as a kid, and in … Continue reading

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5 Reasons NOT to Have a Colonoscopy

If you don’t like the idea of having a colonoscopy, read on. There is new evidence to show that non-invasive, inexpensive screening tests are far better for most people. An editorial published online in the Journal of the National Cancer … Continue reading

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10 Easy Tips for Healthy Plane Travel

For years, practically every single time I flew — whether for business or pleasure —  I got a cold. I hate being sick. I especially hate being under the weather when I’m traveling. So I did a systematic analysis of … Continue reading

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