Patients Often Face Barriers to Obtaining Medical Records

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Patients looking to obtain copies of their health records continue to face various obstacles, despite initiatives aimed at digitizing the U.S. health care system and increasing access to medical records, the New York Times‘ “Sunday Review” reports. Continue reading

Cancer Breakthrough: Probiotics May Save Patients from Deadly Chemotherapy; Antibiotics May Cause Chemo to Be Fatal

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If you or someone you love is facing the possibility of cancer or chemotherapy, make sure they read this story. Breakthrough new science conducted at the University of Michigan and about to be published in the journal Nature reveals that intestinal health is the key to surviving chemotherapy. Continue reading

The Seven-Cent Cure for High Cholesterol

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A new report from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS), a top research group, claims that niacin — and not dangerous statins — is by far the most effective and affordable cure for keeping your nagging high cholesterol in check.

Niacin — a form of vitamin B3 — has been studied in more than 42,000 scientific papers, Continue reading

Zithromax and Januvia: Two Commonly-Prescribed Drugs Now Shown to Be Killing Patients

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Story at glance:

The US FDA is investigating a potential link between a commonly used class of diabetes drugs known as DPP-4 inhibitors and pre-cancerous changes to the pancreas. Additionally, previous studies have also indicated a connection of thyroid, colon, melanoma, and prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer Patients Leave Normal behind

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If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer you can probably tell me the exact date and time when you received the news. And all you want is the same thing that any cancer sufferer wants — for life to return to normal.

Well, new research has revealed a sad and sobering truth — Continue reading

Robot ‘Doctor’ Tends to St. Charles Patients

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New Telemedicine Assistant on Job in Redmond

There’s a new way for Central Oregon doctors to take care of their patients without even being in the hospital. St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond recently bought a telemedicine robot, and on Wednesday, they trained their staff using a mock patient. Continue reading

Second Thoughts about Ginko Biloba

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When looking closely at ginkgo biloba and acetyl-L- carnitine for use against Alzheimer’s disease, I’ve found a mixed bag. It’s best to become informed before investing hope in supplements.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid that occurs naturally. In animal studies, it’s been found to increase the energy production in nerve cells, protect the nerve cells from toxins, maintain the number of receptors on nerve cells, and increase Continue reading

Why Kidney Disease Patients Should Be Extra Careful with Nutrition

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One in five overweight Americans is suffering from chronic kidney disease — a very significant number. A brand new piece of health news from the famous “Cleveland Clinic” has led to some valuable health advice: be careful when trying to shed pounds, because some things could damage your kidneys further. Continue reading

Patients Often Use ED Even When Primary Care Is Available

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As national healthcare reform proceeds, hospitals that have benefited financially from high use of emergency departments (EDs) by routine primary care patients will be challenged to retool primary care delivery and payment methods, according to a research letter published in the February 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness Succeeds in Patients’ Other Eye

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In 3 adults, repeat dose safely improves vision

Gene therapy for congenital blindness has taken another step forward, as researchers further improved vision in three adult patients previously treated in one eye. After receiving the same treatment in their other eye, the patients became better able to see in dim light, and two were able to navigate obstacles in low-light situations. No adverse effects occurred. Continue reading

Discharged ER Patients often Miss Instructions

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People who are discharged from emergency departments are often unable to tell what symptoms should raise alarms and make them return to the hospital, a review suggests. Continue reading

Probiotics Shown To Stave Off Infection in Brain Injury Patients

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Individuals who are hospitalized for brain injuries sometimes develop infections because their condition tends to suppress the immune system and induce inflammation in the body. Continue reading

Twenty-Seven Years Bring no Deaths from Vitamins but Three Million from Pharmaceuticals

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Despite mainstream medical establishments and media outlets portraying multivitamin supplements as worthless and oftentimes toxic, vitamins have led to 0 deaths over the past 27 years. In contrast, pharmaceutical drugs were responsible for 3 million deaths, topping the death toll from traffic-related incidents. In 2009, pharmaceuticals were responsible for the death of 37,485 people nationwide. Continue reading

Real Doctors, Onscreen: VA Program Makes Online House Calls on Vets

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A new pilot program will allow veterans in the Midwest to access behavioral health, oncology and post-operative care services wherever they have Web access. Using telehealth technology — a combination of streaming video, e-mail and text applications — the system is designed to help veterans in geographically remote areas or with mobility issues to conveniently contact clinicians and support services. Continue reading

High-Tech Hypothermia Treatment Helps Patients

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The treatment and care of heart patients is always evolving, often dramatically, and one therapy in particular now may help cardiac arrest survivors in central Alabama. Continue reading