Medical Economics

January 20, 2022

Secondhand vape exposure increases risk for bronchitis symptoms

Young adults and adolescents are becoming more aware of the many risks of vaping nicotine or marijuana. A new study has found that being around others […]
January 19, 2022

COVID-19 treatments: What’s authorized and what works

New cases of COVID infections are surging and in the U.S. are at the highest levels of the pandemic. The fast-spreading Omicron variant is fueling this […]
January 18, 2022

If you’re a cancer survivor and sit all day, your risk of premature death skyrockets and you need to start moving!

We know that increasing your physical activity at any intensity is linked to a lower risk of early death. And the American Cancer Society Guidelines add that […]
January 17, 2022

If you’ve had the COVID vaccine, your risk of severe illness or death from COVID is close to zero

Recent CDC research provided strong evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines protect dramatic protection from COVID breakthroughs causing severe outcomes or death. Out of more than 1.2 […]
January 14, 2022

Lifestyle changes could save you $92,000 in medical costs

A recent study reported that adults who undergo significant positive lifestyle changes could potentially not only live longer and avoid many chronic diseases, but also avoid significant […]
January 13, 2022

Is your blood pressure measurement device validated?

Uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) is a leading cause of death and disability. Until recently, there was no convenient way for physicians and their teams to be […]
January 12, 2022

Plant fats cut stroke risk while animal fats increase it

New research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2021 suggests that consuming plant-derived fats, such as olive oil or canola (rapeseed) oil, may reduce […]
January 11, 2022

Screen time in kids prompts mental health concerns

A research letter published in JAMA Pediatrics states that during the COVID-19 pandemic, average daily screen time among US adolescents has risen to seven hours, leading […]
November 2, 2011

Task force recommends “D” rating for PSA screening for prostate cancer

TV and print media have extensively covered the US Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) decision to give a “D” rating to PSA testing. What’s this mean […]
November 3, 2011

The PSA Controversy: A view from the American Cancer Society.

To screen or not to screen for prostate cancer, that is the question. Or is it? Here’s the viewpoint of my friend, J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, the Deputy […]
November 3, 2011

The PSA Controversy: A view from family physicians.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, has once again rejected the status quo, following the evidence to propose a recommendation some likely will find controversial. Here’s […]
November 4, 2011

PSA screening for prostate cancer. The debate continues.

ABC World News reported, “An earthquake in the debate over men and prostate cancer” regarding a “simple blood test called a PSA. Twenty million men use […]
January 11, 2012

FDA, FTC warn companies to stop selling HCG diet products

The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to seven companies, ordering them “to stop selling an unproven weight loss remedy that […]
February 17, 2012

Campaign to publish list of overused tests, treatments

The AP reports, “Chances are you’ve heard that many expert groups say cancer screening is overused, too, from mammograms given too early or too often to prostate […]