Comparing hospital quality

If you live in an area with more than one hospital, how can you learn which one is best for the medical care that you need. New databases are helping take some of the guesswork out of the process. (Locked) More »

January 2010 references and further reading

Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Smallstep.gov Web site for dozens of tips on making small changes to better health. Stealth Health: How To Sneak Age-defying, Disease-fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really Trying, by Debra L. Gordon and Dr. David L. Katz (Reader's Digest Association, 2005) Leff B, Burton L, Mader SL, et al. Hospital at home: feasibility and outcomes of a program to provide hospital-level care at home for acutely ill older patients. Annals of Internal Medicine 2005; 143:798-808. (Locked) More »

Small change adds up

Trying to make major lifestyle changes to improve health is difficult. These ten small changes are easier to implement and can help you take better care of your heart. (Locked) More »

How good is your hospital?

Organizations that track and compile data on the quality of hospitals can help prospective patients make better decisions about their care. (Locked) More »

Bringing hospital care home

A movement called Hospital at Home seeks to provide professional-caliber medical care at home to people who need care but do not need to be hospitalized. The concept is simple. Instead of admitting patients to a hospital for relatively straightforward conditions, doctors and nurses administer treatments in the patient's home. New communication technologies coupled with the miniaturization and portability of ultrasound and x-ray machines, devices for delivering intravenous (IV) medications, and other advances are making it easier and safer to do this. (Locked) More »

How old are your arteries?

Two currently available tools estimate artery "age" using pulse wave velocity and carotid intima-media thickness. Measurement of these physical variables in thousands of people has allowed researchers to identify ranges for each that correspond to different chronological ages. A third tool that can be used at home relies on generally available information on age, cholesterol, and blood pressure. More »

Trial Watch

A study is planning to test the effectiveness of continuing to take post-stent medication past the recommended 12 months. (Locked) More »