Healthcare Articles

How music can help you heal

Music therapy has been demonstrated to calm anxiety, ease pain, facilitate rehabilitation, and improve quality of life for people with dementia. (Locked) More »

Generic or brand-name drugs?

Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as their brand-name equivalents, and some doctors argue that generics may be more likely to produce positive health effects than brand-name drugs.  (Locked) More »

Where to get health care in a hurry

Retain clinics and e-visits are alternatives to seeing a doctor at an office visit, urgent care clinic, or emergency room. Retail clinics, located at drugstores and “big box” retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, provide convenience and flat-rate pricing, but are best for basic and uncomplicated medical issues. E-visits allow you to talk to a doctor via the Internet and offer a wider range of services.  (Locked) More »

Tips for evaluating hospitals

Thanks to the Internet, people have many tools to help them evaluate hospitals they may potentially visit. Tools include magazine rankings, patient reviews and surveys, and government websites. (Locked) More »

When the doctor prescribes physical rehabilitation

When taking part in physical rehabilitation, one can improve the odds of a good outcome by following several strategies. Setting goals helps staff members learn what the person wants out of rehab. Communicating openly with the team is helpful, in case an aspect of rehab isn’t working well. Attending all appointments will keep momentum going, and will help a person progress toward rehab goals. Also important is continuing with assigned exercises or lifestyle changes in between appointments, and then maintaining an exercise regime or lifestyle change after rehab ends. (Locked) More »

Why I'm not prescribing statins for all my patients

The 2013 ACC/AHA guideline defines everyone over 75 as a candidate for statin therapy. Because the risks and benefits of statin use are largely unknown for people this age, it’s important to review them carefully with your doctor. More »