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Hip surgery does not improve physical activity levels, research finds

Hip replacement surgery is failing to improve the physical activity levels of patients, a new study has shown.<p>Around 60,000 hip implants are carried out in Britain each year and most people tell doctors their main goal after the operation is to reduce pain so they can achieve the same fitness …

Even if you have health insurance, you may want to pay cash

Five blood tests were performed in March at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The hospital charged the patient's insurer, Blue Shield of California, $408. The patient was responsible for paying $269.42.<p>If that were all there was to this -- which it's not -- you'd be justified in shaking your head …

Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

On a brisk morning in Denver recently, an ambulance pulled up in front of a downtown office tower. "I think the patient is going to make it," Dr. Irene Aguilar said as a team rolled out the gurney.<p>This wasn't a medical emergency, but rather a bit of political theater. The gurney held several big …

Health Care

The overlooked reason why so many people fail at losing weight

Sure, some people will lose weight, but of those who do, most will gain it back. And studies show that the greater the weight loss, the greater the chance of not keeping it off.<p>The question is, why? Why do people fail so often at losing weight and keeping it off?<p>A national survey of over 1,000 …

Fitness

Knee replacement surgery works, but so can nonsurgical techniques | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - Total knee replacement can usually relieve pain and improve function, but a nonsurgical regimen can also be effective in some people without posing the complication risks that can plague people who choose surgery, according to a new study.<p>The test found that while 85 percent of …

Medicine

How to Give Advice So Good You Can't Be Ignored

<i>This article was originally published on riskology.co</i>.<p>Months ago, my friend launched a website. He was working tirelessly to build an audience but wasn't getting traction.<p>One night over drinks he asked if I had any advice: "What can I do get more people to the site?" I'd paid attention to his …

Self-improvement

10 Essential Facts About Lyme Disease

<i>By Allison Pohle for Everyday Health</i><p>Every year, U.S. state health departments report about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the CDC says the true number of cases in the United States could be ten times as high.<p>Lyme disease is transmitted to …

Disease

The US military’s medical college knew of a former doctor’s extremely ‘bizarre’ teaching methods for decades

Hagmann was escorted off the Uniformed Services University campus in Maryland, and the college quickly offered students blood tests to determine if they had been exposed to any diseases, school President Charles Rice said.<p>The college also launched an internal investigation into Hagmann's conduct, …

Medicine

Is Addiction A Habit Or A Disease?

A neuroscientist takes on the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s assertion that addiction is a brain disease—a classification he finds not only …

How This Young Doctor's Twist On Venture Capital Could Revolutionize Healthcare Innovation

Even though change is looming, the healthcare industry has been slow at adopting new technologies. It could take years for new paradigms to be accepted and doctors often resist shifts in daily routines.<p>Enter Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, who has been quietly spearheading Health Digital — a growing health …

Digital Health

Article - Chinese Herbal Remedies for Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, and Psychosis

In China, before the twentieth century, all mental illnesses were treated exclusively with herbal medicine. Since Chinese doctors have been keeping …

Google search vs doctor diagnosis – always an imperfect balance

Bronte Doyne’s death from cancer after she was told to stop googling her symptoms raises questions about the doctor-patient relationship<p>The death of teenager Bronte Doyne from cancer after she was told to stop googling her symptoms exposes how many professionals want to ignore the advances of the …

NHS trust

Take Care, Mr. Elson: Watch the Documentary & Go Behind the Story with Journalists from The New York Times

How is the Affordable Care Act working for the many Americans who deal with serious health concerns every day?<i>The New York Times</i> documentary <i>Take</i> …

Health Care

More Complicated Than 'Pink Viagra': What You Should Know About Flibanserin (Addyi)

<b>Update 4:14 pm, Thurs, June 4:</b> The advisory committee voted 0-18-6 in favor of approval of flibanserin for the following question:<p>VOTE: Is the overall benefit/risk profile of flibanserin acceptable to support approval for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women?A. Yes, with …

San Francisco Bay Area

Doctors Sue Arizona Over Abortion Law That 'Forces Doctors To Lie To Patients'

A new Arizona law would unconstitutionally force doctors to lie to their patients about the reversibility of medical abortions, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Planned Parenthood and various Arizona health care providers.<p>The …

New test uses a single drop of blood to reveal entire history of viral infections

Cheap and rapid test allows doctors to access list of every virus that has infected or continues to infect a patient, and could transform disease detection<p>Researchers have developed a cheap and rapid test that reveals a person’s full history of viral infections from a single drop of blood.<p>The test …

Microbiology

Innovation vs. Intervention in Health Care

How can we produce better health for more people at a lower cost, year after year? By lifting all the rules and barriers that prevent health care …

Health Care

More Patients, Not Fewer, Turn To Health Clinics After Obamacare

Diabetes is something nurse practitioner Martha Brinsko helps a lot of patients manage at the Charlotte Community Health Clinic in North Carolina.<p>"Most mornings when you check your sugar, what would you say kind of the average is?" Brinsko asks Diana Coble.<p>Coble hesitates before explaining she ran …

Health Care

How to Tell if a Nutrition Bar Is Actually Healthy

<b>Calories</b><br>If you're eating the bar as a snack, you want it to be about 200 cals—although Caspero says she will go up to 250 if the bar is fruit- and nut-based. "Those items tend to be more caloric but are also nutrient-dense," she says. "There is a huge difference to me in 200 calories of cashews …

Exercise: The Best Medicine for Doctors and Patients

Almost any doctor will agree that exercise is a great preventive and helps keep people well. Most will even acknowledge that regular exercise helps manage many chronic diseases, from diabetes to asthma.<p>But how often do doctors come right out and prescribe exercise -- or even ask how much physical …

Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

The global battle against malaria, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases faces plenty of obstacles. Among them: a pandemic of fake and poor-quality medicines.<p>The extent of the bad drug problem is laid out in 17 papers in a special supplement of the <i>American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene</i>. …

Public Health