What is the biggest mistake patients make?

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From KevinMD.com By Alex Lickerman, MD The biggest mistake patients make isn’t what you think. It isn’t turning down tests or treatments their doctors recommend. Nor is it deciding not to take the medicines their doctors prescribe. It isn’t insisting on getting a test or beginning a treatment their doctors recommend against, either, and it isn’t failing to exercise, stay …

3 secrets my doctor doesn’t know

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Dear Doctor, I am a good patient. I’m organized, I know my health history and I’m particularly polite. I’ll thank you just for giving me bad news. I look up to you. I do see myself as a partner in my care, but I depend on your expertise. I appreciate the years of schooling and sleepless residency nights that have …

Too Little Vitamin D May Hasten Disability as You Age

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From  Drugs.com Older people with vitamin D deficiency may struggle with daily physical activities such as dressing or climbing stairs, a new study shows. It’s estimated that as many as 90 percent of older people are vitamin D-deficient. The vitamin, usually absorbed through sunlight or diet, plays a key role in bone and muscle health, and a deficiency can lead …

A non pharma way to treat ADHD uses computer gaming, physical activity

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From MedCity News by Stephanie Baum A Yale neuroscientist and psychiatry professor has developed an enrichment program that could help children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder stay on task and avoid getting distracted. C8 Sciences has raised the first part of a $1.1 million fundraise in a move the CEO hopes will help it advance product development and build its …

Experimental ‘iKnife’ Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

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From Drugs.com An experimental surgical “knife” can accurately identify cancerous tissue as a surgeon cuts through it, creating the potential for shorter cancer surgeries that remove all traces of tumor, according to a study co-written by the device’s developers. The “iKnife” uses electricity to cauterize surgical incisions as they are made, and then samples the resulting smoke to determine whether …

Aspirin Every Other Day May Lower Women’s Colon Cancer Risk

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From Drugs.com Taking a low-dose aspirin every other day may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study that focused on nearly 40,000 women aged 45 and older. The protection does seem to take some time to surface, said researcher Nancy Cook, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “After 10 years, …

Firing your doctor carries emotional weight

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Jessie Gruman, PhD As posted on KevinMD.com Last week, a friend told me that her mother had been fired as a patient by her primary care physician in a letter she received in the mail. “Our philosophies of care are too different,” was the explanation. Last week, I fired my oncologist by email. “I have transferred my care to ___ …

A low salt diet for high blood pressure: Where’s the evidence?

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Albert Fuchs, MD Posted on KevinMD.com We know that people with high cholesterol have a higher risk for strokes and heart attacks than people with low cholesterol. So if a medicine lowers cholesterol it should also lower the frequency of strokes and heart attacks too. Right? Not necessarily. Estrogen lowers cholesterol and doesn’t lower stroke or heart attack risk. We …

Meditation Can Change Your Genes

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From The Emotion Machine Author: Steven Handel Meditation has existed as a form of mental training for thousands of years, but it’s only recently that psychologists and neuroscientists have discovered just how much of a change it can make in our lives. Last year UCLA researchers found that those who had a long-term practice in meditation showed structural changes in …

Scientists Use HIV to ‘Cure’ 2 Rare Genetic Diseases

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From Drugs.com Turning a medical foe into a therapeutic friend, Italian scientists say they used a piece of HIV to cure two rare genetic diseases affecting children. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Gene therapy using the technique proved effective in three children with metachromatic leukodystrophy and three others with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. After three years of treatment, all of …