medical conditions

Is Your Doctor a 10? Medicare Site Takes Next Step Toward Ranking Providers

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Medicare Thursday added new features to its Physician Compare website as it prepares to start including quality data on thousands of doctors. The federal health care law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish performance data on doctors, including how patients rate them, how well the physicians’ medical interventions succeed and how well they follow clinical guidelines for basic care. The site has been up since 2010, but contained only basic …

Boxing Legend ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier Also Battled Diabetes

Posted on 11/8/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthLegendary boxer ‘Smokin’ Joe Frazier, who died of liver cancer at age 67 Monday night, had a boxing career that included 32 wins, four losses and one draw, with 27 knockout wins. He won the Fight of the Century against Muhammad Ali in 1971. But did you know he also had type 2 diabetes? Diabetes landed the boxer in the hospital with a life-threatening toe infection in 2000. He was determined not to let the disease get the better of him, though: Frazier …

Why are More Women Than Men Dying of Heart Disease?

Posted on 11/3/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthLadies, let’s have a heart-to-heart…about our hearts. We’ve all heard the statistics. Heart disease is the #1 killer in America. We all need to exercise more, eat healthier, and quit smoking to decrease our risk. And the good news is that overall, deaths from heart disease have decreased since 1984. But women are dying from heart disease in greater numbers than men, and doctors are beginning to pinpoint why. In 10 to 30 percent of women, versus a much smaller …

His Nana

Posted on 09/15/2011 by |Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthYou know how one of your kids surprises you — in a pleasant sort of way? And it gives you a warm smile inside for days, years… okay, decades. Growing up, my son, Tyler, was a typical boy.  Classically non-verbal, on top of his emotions, not a kid who enjoyed having his mom kiss him goodbye and yell out, “I love you, baby,” as he was exiting carpool.  Go figure. Not a big conversationalist: one year he said, “Yup”; the next …

Reading Specs – So Hot Right Now

Posted on 08/25/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthRumor has it, you gents have a hard time admitting you need a little help here and there. That’s right, your spouses have been talking. First, it was not needing to stop for directions, or following that Ikea how-to manual (which, let’s be honest, aren’t that helpful anyway). Now, you’re swearing you don’t need reading glasses, even though you have to telescope that menu back and forth so many times to read it, your server thinks you’re waving her down. …

It’s Not All In Your Head: Medical Problems Can Cause Mental Ones

Posted on 08/15/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDepression, anxiety, sudden mood changes — all these mental issues can actually be caused by medical problems. More than 100 medical disorders can be misdiagnosed as psychological conditions, causing months, even years, of frustration and ineffective treatment, Harvard psychiatrist Barbara Schildkrout tells the Wall Street Journal. Studies have suggested that medical conditions may cause mental health issues in as many as 25 percent of psychiatric patients and contribute to them in more than 75 percent. Schildkrout says even experienced therapists …