Tag Archives: healthcare decision making

Hello, Healthy Toenails!

Are you toe shy? It’s almost summer, and soon you’ll want to be walking around in sandals and flip-flops. But if you’re one of the millions of people with toenail fungus, you’ll be less likely to toss your socks. An … Continue reading

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How Long Will You Live?

There are lots of reasons to wonder how long you’ll live. Some people need to choose a number so they can make sure they create and manage a nest egg that will last long enough. Others want to understand  whether science knows … Continue reading

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Should You or Shouldn’t You?

It was Shakespeare’s Hamlet who wondered “To be, or not to be”; but in health care, the question is altogether different: It’s “Should I, or shouldn’t I?” That’s because as our diagnostics, treatments, surgeries and medications have gotten more and … Continue reading

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Going Home from the Hospital? First Talk About Your Drugs

When you’re in the hospital and you hear you’ve been OK’d for discharge home, the last thing you’d  want to do is to start asking questions. The natural urge to is grab your suitcase and head for the closest exit. … 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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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 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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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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Just Got Bad News? One Word To Get You Better Health Care

When you’ve just heard you have a troubling health condition, there’s one word that will virtually guarantee you better health care: Time. When you’re first dealing with bad news about your health,  unless your situation is immediately life threatening, your … Continue reading

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Dental X-Rays? What a Brain Surgeon Recommends

I have a common sense approach to the dentist. Since teeth don’t heal themselves, it seems smart to do all you can to catch problems early. So I  have a cleaning and check-up every six months, and once a year, … Continue reading

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