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Can Your Blood Pressure Be Too Low? You bet.

You probably haven’t heard much about the dangers of low blood pressure. In Dr. H. Gilbert Welch’s book Overdiagnosed, he tells the story of a patient of his at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Vermont. Mr. Bailey was 82 … Continue reading

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Can’t Get the Right Diagnosis? How to Get Help

Some people spend years trying to get an unusual combination of distressing symptoms diagnosed and  treated. They go from doctor to doctor, test to test, hoping that someone will somehow put two and two together and name their problem. There … Continue reading

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What a Skeptical Surgeon Says You Should Know

I’d like to introduce you to someone who calls himself a “skeptical surgeon,” Ian Harris, M.D., Ph.D. He is an academic orthopedic surgeon in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Harris has a point of view I thought you would find interesting and provocative.  … Continue reading

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How To Stop Heartburn

It turns out that when it comes to heartburn,  new research is showing that taking  a pill may be  unhealthy and even unsafe. For the millions who rely on Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid  or other medications, this is likely exasperating and … Continue reading

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What Should You Know About Your Lab Results?

Your doctor orders lab work for you and you get your blood drawn. Do you need to do anything more? The answer is yes. You have an important role in reviewing your test results and asking your physician questions about … Continue reading

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How to De-Frag Your Health Care

If your computer has ever slowed way down you may have been advised to “defrag,” which puts all parts of a file together in the same place on the drive, enabling it to run faster and more efficiently. In much … Continue reading

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How Telephone Tag with a Doctor Affected the Metropolitan Opera

There’s a fascinating health story on the front page of the New York Times today. But it isn’t billed as something about healthcare. It’s a story about the possible need for the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera to retire. James … Continue reading

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Preventing Communication Failures

Assume nothing. Honestly. That can be challenging when you’re a patient or a family member, and you just want to trust the system to get you the care you or your loved one needs. But, unfortunately, you have to treat … Continue reading

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A Great Cancer Resource

The phone rings. Or your doctor’s office calls and want you to come in right away. Or perhaps someone you know tells you what they’ve just learned.  All of a sudden, you or someone you know or love has cancer. You … Continue reading

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Going on a Long Flight? Avoid Window Seats

I love window seats on a long flight. There’s nothing like getting a big-picture perspective on planet Earth when you’re looking out at big, billowing clouds and the tiny ground below from 30,000 feet. But it turns out, sitting next … Continue reading

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