Health Care Industry
Help Your Doctor Help You: How to Have a Healthy Doctor-Patient Relationship
We're sometimes our own worst enemies when it comes to talking to our doctor. Here's how to help..
The History, Botanical Origin, and Medical Uses of Scopolamine
Explore the history, use, and botanical origins of scopolamine. The chemical make-up of this alkaloid and mechanisms of action give insight into therapeutic and medicinal uses, both past and present. Scopolamine remains an important medicine for nausea and vomiting.
Is Virtual Medical Training a Reliable Option in the Wake of COVID-19?
Online teaching methods help learners to create innovative virtual learning environments through the meaningful use of technological applications. Could online learning be sufficient for medical training?
Should I Rely on Direct-to-Consumer Genomic Testing or Ask My Doctor?
DIY DNA kits can be fun and occasionally informative. But can they be trusted over medical professionals? Should you hinge your life decisions on the results of these kits? Can (or should) you rely on positive or negative health results without confirmation?
How to File Blue Cross Blue Shield Overseas Medical Claims
If you live outside the United States, it is necessary to file overseas medical claims with an insurance company. This article explains what is needed and how to file Blue Cross Blue Shield overseas medical claims.
What Is a Medical “Never Event”?
Also called “sentinel” events, a never event is described as any occurrence “in a healthcare setting resulting in death or serious physical or psychological injury to a patient or patients, not related to the natural course of the patient’s illness.”
Is Acetaminophen the Same as Tylenol?
Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It is also an active ingredient in many other over-the-counter and prescription medications. Understanding how to take it can prevent you from accidentally taking too much, which in some cases can be fatal.
True Struggles of a Frontliner Amid the Pandemic COVID-19
Doctors, nurses, health workers, military personnel, and other frontliners are heroes who continue to work and battle amid the pandemic COVID-19. While people are advised to stay at their homes during the lockdown. Our brave frontliners continue to work to serve the people.
"Pharmacy" or "Drug Store"? What's the Difference?
There are differences between a pharmacy and a drug store. Do you know what they are? Which phrase do you use?
How Price Transparency Can Reduce Your Healthcare Costs
The United States healthcare system is facing a rapid rise in expenditure. Furthering costs are increasing insurance premiums and deductibles. Consumer spending on high deductible health plans have increased by $2 million from the previous year alone.
Rebates, Transparency, Drug List Prices, Pharmacy Benefit Managers. Is the U.S. Healthcare System Corrupted?
The rising costs of prescription drugs has been controversial and led to two Senate Hearings of this year that called major pharmaceutical executives and pharmacy benefit managers to explain the reason for these rising prescription drug prices.
Medications That Cause Hair Loss
Five percent of the currently existing drugs can cause hair loss in one way or another. This type of hair loss usually involves scalp hair only. Anticancer drugs, blood thinners, oral contraceptives, and drugs for gout are common culprits, but there are many others on the list.
How to Write a Letter of Complaint to a Medical Professional
By the end of this article, you should have an understanding of what a letter of complaint is, what it can achieve, who can complain, and how to go about raising a complaint.
Why Early Morning Doctors' Appointments Are Better Than Later in the Day
Do you prefer to see the doctor in the morning or the afternoon? Let's hope it's morning. There are several reasons you should ask for a doctor's appointment early in the morning instead of later in the day.
How to Stay out of the Emergency Room When Using Medical Marijuana
Two recent articles described a rise in cannabis related ER visits in Colorado. This paper describes some serious side effects of cannabis use: anxiety and cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome and gives suggestions on how to avoid them.
Can Medicines Be Taken With Milk?
Some antibiotics, such as tetracyclines, can react with calcium present in milk and other dairy products to form insoluble complexes that are poorly absorbed and have reduced antibacterial effects. This article includes a list of medicines that interact with milk and how to avoid this.
Tissue Test: Biopsy Fundamentals and How to Prepare for One
A biopsy is also known as a human tissue test. Simply put, a sample of your body’s tissue will be taken for tests and close examination. Just the sound of that can be a bit alarming. Your doctor is going to remove living tissues from your body after all and that sounds like something really serious.
Top Medical Innovations for 2019
There are numerous advancement for patients due to new technology. This article explains pharmacogenomic testing, RNA technology, heart valve replacements and new cancer treatments. The treatment for acute strokes and hemorragic strokes is also explained. Artificial intelligence has made advances.
Side Effects of Metformin (Glucophage, Formamet, Glumetza)
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhoea, weakness, and metallic taste in the mouth are some of the common side effects of metformin. Read on to learn more about other side effects and concerns.
How to Know If a Medicare Advantage Plan Is Right for You
Medicare Part C is an Advantage Plan that completely replaces Original Medicare. Learn the pros and cons to know if it's the right choice for your needs.
Medical Quackery: To Ban or to Adapt?
Medical Quackery is an overpromotion of anything in the field of health and wellness. Learn how to recognize quack doctors, victims of quacks, the potential effects of medical quackery, and assess if quackery should be banned or adapted.
Alcohol's Effect on Drug Metabolism in Active Women and Sedentary Men
This article investigates how drug metabolism is affected by alcohol in an active, weight-proportionate woman versus a sedentary, overweight man using current, scientific references.
Salbutamol Effects in Asthma and Parkinson’s Disease Risk
Salbutamol (also known as albuterol and Ventolin) is used in rescue inhalers for asthma. Research suggests that it might reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.
My Experience With Accutane for Acne: The Female Perspective
In this article, I will discuss my experience with Accutane, including how to combat side effects and tips on Accutane-friendly makeup and products.
Malignant Hyperthermia: A Danger of General Anesthesia
Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon skeletal muscle disorder affecting people undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries. This article covers its diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.
7 Characteristics of a Good Doctor and How to Find One
What qualities should you look for in a good doctor? How can you find a good medical provider?
Frequently Asked Questions About Cataract Surgery (My Experience)
I just had cataract surgery, I asked my doctor, "What is the most frequently asked question about cataract surgery?" He said, "Will I go blind"? Cataract surgery is commonly done to remove cataracts.
Diet After Gallbladder Removal Surgery
Are you wondering if you can eat a normal diet after gallbladder removal surgery? When can you start introducing normal foods? Dietary complications may vary from one person to the next, but there are foods that can help in the healing process.
What to Expect on the Day of Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery and Recovery
Surgical repair of your shoulder, including your rotator cuff, labrum, bicep, and tendon, can be a scary proposition. Learn what to expect on the day of surgery and throughout your immediate recovery.