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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-But There’s a Way to Save a Bundle on Prescription Drugs!

If you want to do something about high drug prices, call your Senators and tell them to vote to end the pay for delay tactic pharmaceutical companies use to delay the introduction of cheaper generic drugs.  Big pharma pays off the generic drug companies to delay production of brand name drugs that have come off patent protection.  This way they can keep […]

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Tell Me If This Sounds Familiar?

In Tuesday January 7 NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/health/06seco.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=should%20patients%20be%20told%20of%20better%20care%20elsewhere&st=cse) Denise Grady told us of a relative who needed complicated surgery to remove a cancerous growth. Her surgeon at a local community hospital told her that she would be left with no  sphincter control after the surgery which meant she would need a colostomy. After thinking about it, she decided to […]

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New Colorectal Screening Guidelines: No Screening After 75 Years Age

The Task Force Finds Several Methods Equally Effective For Colorectal Cancer Screening The Task Force now recommends that adults age 50 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer using annual high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy every five years with fecal occult testing between sigmoidoscopic exams, or colonocopy every 10 years.  According to the Task […]

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Fact: Preventive Medicine Can Cut Costs

The USA has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, yet we rank near the bottom in quality healthcare. What is lacking in the U.S., that is present in the rest of the industrialized world, is preventive care. Preventive care would be under the direction of primary care physicians (including, general internists, family physicians and […]

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Vitamin D and Health

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. The body makes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. It is also added to milk. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, and in children, rickets. A study by Dobnig and associates (Arch Intern Med 2008; […]

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