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The Costs of Chronic Illnesses: Treat or Eat?

Studies have suggested that adults with chronic disease are often unable to meet medication and food needs. “Physicians sometimes recommend or prescribe medications to patients with chronic diseases without considering the costs of these therapies,” says Seth A. Berkowitz, MD. Few studies have explored the relationship between cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity.…

Dementia Risk in Type 2 Diabetes: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Differences

Among older patients with type 2 diabetes, some races and ethnicities appear to have significantly greater risk of dementia than others. Given that type 2 diabetes is associated with a higher risk of dementia, more work is needed to identify factors that can help explain these differences in dementia incidence and to find ways to eliminate them.

Assessing Meditation Programs

Meditation programs involve learning skills about self-awareness of the mind and body. The various available mindfulness practices can focus on different aspects of self-awareness, including breathing, thoughts, bodily sensations, or a combination of these and other aspects of awareness. “Many people meditate to reduce psychological stress and stress-related health problems,” says Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH.…

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The Costs of Chronic Illnesses: Treat or Eat?

Studies have suggested that adults with chronic disease are often unable to meet medication and food needs. “Physicians sometimes recommend or prescribe medications to patients with chronic diseases without considering the costs of these therapies,” says Seth A. Berkowitz, MD. Few studies have explored the relationship between cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity.…

Assessing Meditation Programs

Meditation programs involve learning skills about self-awareness of the mind and body. The various available mindfulness practices can focus on different aspects of self-awareness, including breathing, thoughts, bodily sensations, or a combination of these and other aspects of awareness. “Many people meditate to reduce psychological stress and stress-related health problems,” says Madhav Goyal, MD, MPH.…

MCI & AD: Searching for Protective Strategies

According to current data, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of mortality in the United States. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can occur as people age and may lead to the development of dementia or AD. Studies suggest that patients with MCI have a 10-fold increased risk of developing dementia when compared with those who are cognitively normal.…

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Ebola: Are We Prepared?

"The CDC has done an excellent job passing its guidelines to ER’s and local health departments across the nation. But, these simply have not trickled down to those of us on the front lines."

Medicine 2064

Medicine 2064 With Dr. Daniel Kraft

Curing half of the world’s known cancers, granting movement to the paralyzed, preventing Alzheimer’s. Visionary medical expert Dr. Daniel Kraft believes all of this and more can happen by 2064. In this first film in our “Conversations with Tomorrow” series, take a glimpse at the future of medicine and its impact on our lives.…

Drug Wars in the Exam Room

"Though we should never deny appropriate medical treatment to a patient, this balancing act can be difficult, and we sometimes fail to differentiate between those in need from those selling a tale."

NEWS BRIEFS

PSA Screening: More Harm Than Good

A new analysis presented at the European Cancer Conference 2013 adds fuel to the ongoing debate over whether routine prostate cancer screening reduces prostate cancer mortality. Overall, lead author Mathieu Boniol, MD, and colleagues found that the harms outweigh the benefits on a population level—which should further discourage the use of routine PSA testing for prostate cancer in the general population.…

Prediabetes in the United States

About one-third of American adults aged 20 or older had prediabetes in 2010, according to a report from the CDC. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr, notes that only 11% of adults in the United States with prediabetes were aware of their condition during 2009-2010.…

Peer Coaching Benefits Diabetes Care

When compared with usual care, peer health coaching appears to significantly improve diabetes control in low-income patients. A 6-month study found that A1C levels dropped by 1.07% for those who received coaching, compared with a 0.3% decreased rate for those receiving usual care.…

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