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Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs?

  Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs? An interesting article in the NY Times questions whether we have medicalized everyday life.   True, many seniors are taking too many medications.   Every physician they visit is likely writing a different prescription for their symptoms.   To write prescriptions, they must have a diagnosis which must be related to a disease. Do we really have so many diseases, or is the word disease and the diagnosis that is linked to it driving the cost and volume of drugs many of us ingest on a daily basis. It is healthy to Read More »

Are Medicare Advantage Plans leaving you at a disadvantage?

Are Medicare Advantage Plans leaving you at a disadvantage? Medicare remains the gold standard for the care of our senior population in the USA.   Patients are happy about their experiences with Medicare. A number of years ago, the insurance industry lobbied to offer a choice of private plans that can be a Medicare Replacement through a private insurer. Medicare Advantage plans are often heavily marketed to seniors as being a better alternative with advantages over traditional Medicare.  If you look carefully, they usually offer smaller networks, poorer options for out of state coverage and as recently reported by the NY Times, Read More »

Is Fish oil becoming a high priced drug?

Is Fish oil becoming a high priced drug? Fish oil has been known to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks since it is rich in Omega 3.   Alternative providers have recommended Omega 3’s for heart health, cardiovascular health since it can help fight inflammation and for your overall health.   The quality can vary according to the brand however, using a high quality Omega 3 supplement has been known to improve health.This is a concern for many high risk Americans, as well as for many of the Cardiologists who treat and mange them. According to the NY Times, A Read More »

The NY Times asks why it is so hard for doctors to unlearn things. Is the lack of unlearning driving healthcare costs?

The NY Times asks why it is so hard for doctors to unlearn things. Is the lack of unlearning driving healthcare costs? The NY Times recently looked into why doctors have such a hard time learning new things.  One of the most difficult problems is to teach doctors to unlearn bad habits in the past which would can lead to lower costs and less potentially harmful practices.  Many of these practices are driving healthcare costs. Recently, a systematic review in JAMA Pediatrics looked at the overuse in pediatric care in 2016 regarding Pedialyte use that was more expensive than other less Read More »

Rethinking the idea of taking an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks, dementia and strokes according to the NY Times.

Rethinking the idea of taking an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks, dementia  and strokes according to the NY Times. The idea of taking an aspirin a day to prevent strokes has been around for years, and it has been promoted by many doctors for the prevention of heart attacks, dementia  and strokes. According to 3 recent papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine, people 70 years and older do not have any benefit from this regimen.  On the other hand, the use of aspirin as a preventative agent actually caused a slight increase in overall mortality with Read More »