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to get general information about CT scans from the National
Institutes of Health.
to link to an abstract (a brief summary) of research that Dr.
Aaron Sodickson presented last year at the annual meeting of the
Radiological Society of North America, held in Chicago.
Doctors are weighing the pluses and minuses of using CT scans to
detect heart disease and, more specifically, coronary artery
disease — the
atherosclerotic blockages in the arteries that supply the
heart that can lead to heart attacks.
The Health Letter prepared a chart listing medications
available as generics in some forms and doses but as
brand-name-only drugs in others:
Link to a Philadelphia Inquirer story about a study
showing that hospital-acquired infections are associated with
large increase in medical costs:
Link to a talk about health care costs and behavioral economics
given in August 2008 by Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) in the Obama administration. Orszag was head of
the Congressional Budget Office when he gave this talk, which he
reprised several months later when he delivered the
Marshall J. Seidman Lecture on Health Policy at Harvard Medical
Link to the 2009 adult vaccine schedule from the federal
government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Link to Spanish-language version of the 2009 adult vaccine
Link to full text of October 2008 Harvard Health Letter article
about the shingles vaccine:
papain and urea
Debridement (removal) of dead tissues from sores,
including bed sores, carbuncles, and diabetic ulcers
Individuals can reduce their health care costs by following these
suggestions, which include developing a consistent relationship
with a primary care physician, taking generic medications when
possible, and discussing end-of-life issues ahead of time.
The immunization schedule for adults has changed, and many people
may not be up to date on their vaccinations. Talk with your
doctor about what shots you may need.
The prevalence of CT scanning has had a marked impact on medical
diagnosis, but the radiation from a CT scan is much higher than
from a traditional x-ray, and people who undergo repeated scans
may be at increased risk for cancer.
It was previously believed that heavier people were less likely
to develop dementia than thinner people, but recent evidence has
shown that people with more abdominal fat in middle age are more
likely to develop dementia later in life.
Within a three-month period, both my sister and her husband (both
in their 40s) were hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms. Any
thoughts on the cause? Could it be something in the air?