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  • Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that's starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead of assuming that elderly patients are...
  • As politicians debate how to improve the nation’s expensive — and some would say broken — health care system, Americans are eagerly turning to the latest tech devices in hopes of preventing and detecting medical problems early and avoiding costly trips to the doctor or emergency room. “Technology every day is playing...
  • A friend is about to have big surgery that will require a long recovery at home. She and her husband have no idea what to do. Another friend is the primary caregiver of a couple in their 90s—the husband has dementia and his wife had a stroke. The caregiver has no idea what to do. Another friend learns on a Friday that...
  • WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many primary care doctors feel ill-equipped to discuss cancer treatment options with patients, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 517 primary care doctors who had 1,077 female patients diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Doctors were asked if they had...
  • It’s not just about feelings. When physicians fail to show patients compassion, it can have a big impact on their mental and physical health. What can you do when your doctor makes you feel like you’re just another number? Nothing makes a doctor’s visit more discouraging than an unempathetic physician. Whether you’re...
  • THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Would you stop taking a medication if you heard a negative news story about it? Sticking with a prescription drug regimen, or "medication adherence," is already a challenge for many patients, with not taking medications as prescribed being a key reason people struggle to...
  • NEW YORK (Reuters) - When we were told our son had a potentially life-threatening brain tumor, our family was lucky to have world-class doctors and hospitals close to home and health insurance that covered nearly all his medical expenses and prescription drug costs. These resources helped us make a difficult decision...
  • FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An educational intervention can improve patients' ability to self-manage their chronic diseases, according to a study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Alexis M. Stoner, M.P.H., Ph.D., from Edward Via College of Osteopathic...
  • TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate. Failure to take anti-clotting drugs can put...
  • IT CAN SHOW GENTLENESS AND COMPASSION OR CARELESSNESS AND INCOMPETENCE. It started, as it does for thousands of women every year, with a routine mammogram, and its routine process of having my breasts — like a lump of dough — manipulated by another woman’s hands and placed, albeit gently, into tight compression. It’s...
  •   Cell phones can help you hail cars, order dinner, or send electronic payments to friends with the tap of a button. Tablets and laptops compute faster, store more, and are easier to afford than ever before. You can take calls from your wrist, too. That’s why it was only a matter of time before doctors and researchers...
  • (Reuters Health) - Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy should have all their medications and herbal supplements reviewed by a pharmacist who specializes in cancer therapy, researchers say. More than half the patients in a recent study reported taking prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal...
  • SUNDAY, June 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When people with advanced cancer report their symptoms to health care providers using an online program, they may live longer, a new study suggests. The benefit may come because the new online tool cuts any "lag time" between patients experiencing symptoms and their care team's...