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Market forces are not working to curtail hospital prices which supports the discussion of Medicare for all.

Market forces are not working to curtail hospital prices which supports the discussion of Medicare for all. The NY times recently reported that some hospitals are charging 3-4 times the Medicare allowable rate for the same services, and there is no transparency on why the hospitals are charging what they do. Its no secret that healthcare prices in the USA are exorbitant, especially as hospital systems grow larger and are more difficult to negotiate with. There are numerous examples of hospitals in Indiana charging four times the Medicare rate or emergency rooms in Colorado charging eight times the Medicare rate. Read More »

Brain function and exercise, the NY Times explores the latest science in brain function.

Brain function and exercise, the NY Times explores the latest science in brain function. Stimulation is important in childhood for mental and language development.  Stimulation is also important for adults as well, and exercise may make our brain function and work better as well. Exercise is an important type of stimulation our brain needs. Until recently, it was assumed that the human brain was static and over time degenerated.  We now understand that brains through neuroplasticity continue to remodel and re-synapse, as we learn new habits and skills. Recently, scientists at the University of Maryland as recently as 2013 wondered Read More »

Can regular exercise reduce the risk of cancer?

Can regular exercise reduce the risk of cancer? Scientists still do not have a cure for cancer, however they have many ideas about which foods may increase our risk of getting the disease. Statistically, they also know that regular exercise reduces the risk as well according to the NY Times. Colorectal cancer in particular has reduced risk with those who are physically active. Physical activity increases gut motility moving waste through the gut faster. A recent study suggests the answer may be in the blood itself.  Apparently, exercise increase inflammation in the blood stream and as a result, they see Read More »

Is plantar fasciitis stopping you from enjoying life? Check out the latest article from the NY Times and some tips from Dr. C.

Is plantar fasciitis stopping you from enjoying life? Check out the latest article from the NY Times and some tips from Dr. C. If you developed plantar fasciitis, there are a number of therapies or treatments you can use that may not work equally as well.   One of those is the idea of a night splint which stretches the plantar fascia.  Another is a foot orthotic, and another is deep massage of the feet. A recent NY Times article discussed many of these commonly suggested solutions for the condition, and discussed their limitations. The belief that plantar fasciitis is Read More »

A user guide for your knees courtesy of the NY Times

A user guide for your knees courtesy of the NY Times Do you ever wonder why some people have knee problems while others don’t? The NY Times recently offered a section that discusses the function of the knees as well as the anatomy and some exercises that you can do to strengthen the structures surrounding the knees. The knee is actually a pully system, that relies on the kneecap for leverage to move the leg.  It also relies on foot posture and symmetry both in the feet and hips, to equally distribute the weight from one leg to another.  Finally, Read More »