Putting the Cap on Medication Mix-ups

Keeping track of your medications may not be a priority on your “to-do” list, but failure to properly monitor and take your medications can have serious health consequences. Adverse drug reactions due to medication mistakes are a frequent cause of emergency room visits and hospital stays. Do you know what medications you take? Do you […]

Putting Medical Tests to the Test

Much of the excess cost and waste in health care can be attributed to unnecessary tests and procedures. By some estimates, as much as 30 percent of all health care spending is considered wasteful. Patients play a role in this process by requesting tests and procedures they have heard or read about or because their […]

An In-Depth Look at Colon Cancer Screening

Despite major advances in screening and early detection, colon cancer still accounts for about 9 percent of all cancer deaths. Rare before the age of 40, colon cancer incidence begins to increase each decade thereafter. Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 50 for those at average risk and continue for as long as […]

Controlling Diabetes

The risk of developing diabetes increases as people grow older, heavier and less active; about 20 percent of the population between the ages of 60 and 74 has diabetes. Older individuals with diabetes are at much greater risk of developing complications such as heart disease, stroke, cognitive impairment and functional disability. While the goals of […]

Arthritis: A Joint Discussion

I don’t need a calendar to know when late fall or early winter has arrived. I can tell by the increased complaints I hear from my patients whose arthritis symptoms are aggravated by the cooler, damp weather. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints in one or more places within the body. The most common cause […]