Healthcare Articles

How false assumptions about weight may affect your health

Obesity can affect a woman’s health, even when they’re otherwise healthy. Feelings about weight may prompt some women to skip needed appointments or avoid preventive care. In addition, health care providers may be prone to weight bias, and that may result in women with obesity receiving substandard treatment. (Locked) More »

Planning the rest of your life

As we age, the later years of life are likely to be filled with unexpected challenges and important decisions on a number of issues. Planning ahead for the eventualities of medical care and its costs, as well as end-of-life wishes, will make later-life situations easier to navigate. (Locked) More »

Seeking a second opinion: When, why, and how?

If a physician recommends a heart-related surgery or procedure, patients might consider seeking a second opinion, especially if they have questions they feel are not being addressed in a way they can understand. Two common examples include a coronary artery bypass and a heart valve repair or replacement. Most doctors are not offended when this happens and may even welcome another expert’s thoughts in high risk cases. Health insurance companies rarely refuse to cover a second opinion consultation, but people should check their plans to see if the visit and any additional costs will be covered. (Locked) More »

Tips to find a new doctor

It helps to turn to friends and Internet sources when searching for a new primary care physician. But it’s also important to ask a new doctor questions about his or her approach to care, how long it takes to get an appointment, and how to contact the doctor after hours. A prospective patient should note if it feels comfortable speaking with the doctor and if the doctor is answering questions clearly. If the doctor doesn’t seem to be a good match, one should keep looking. (Locked) More »

Easy ways to spot health scams

Untested remedies promising to treat or cure everything from arthritis to aging are considered health scams. Older adults are often vulnerable to them. Common scams include bogus dietary supplements and gadgets that promise to cure disease. The first tip-off to a health scam is advertising that uses terms such as quick fix, miracle, secret, cure, and breakthrough—or that promises to relieve medical problems. Before trying one of these products, one should check make sure it’s safe by checking with a doctor. (Locked) More »