Disease

A new study shows that after two weeks of intense training and practice a medical doctor can surgically repair a hernia just as well as a surgeon. Will this bring cost savings?
Controversy abounds in prostate cancer. It can involve who and when to screen, and which treatment is the best. A recent study looks at what's been less controversial: the adjunctive use of androgen deprivation therapy. It appears to increase the risk of dementia.
We can reduce the cost of surgical care for some, but that might place new costs on others, as knee and hip replacements demonstrate.
Although no politician has ever been "pro-cancer" several have adopted staunchly anti-cancer positions -- as safe a policy promise as you'll ever find. Richard Nixon waged a war against cancer almost 50 years ago. More recently, both President Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden have promised to cure it. But is this a realistic goal or just political pandering? Here is the first article in Dr. Chris Gerry's series about the scientific realities that stand in the way of a universal cure. Don't miss it.
Patient portals are meant to improve a user's "health journey" but the results are mixed. More physician appointments, fewer emergency department visits ... but no information on improving health.
Nine American tourists have died this year under mysterious circumstances in this Carribean nation. Should Americans still visit it? Well, yes. As it turns out, going there is safer than driving ... or visiting Mexico. We crunched the numbers.
The FDA has issued an advisory to physicians following two deaths from fecal microbiota transplants. Not a transplant you are familiar with? Read on.
Does prediabetes lead inevitably to diabetes? Not for most people. It may be a better reflection of an intersection than a foregone path.
While the federal courts weigh whether CVS-Aetna's merger is anti-competitive, in terms of drug pricing, they are seemingly ignoring CVS's new HealthHubs. A product of the data synergy of a pharmacy and health insurer, those hubs will disrupt healthcare in ways that will shift profits to themselves and costs to society at large. Just they way Big Tobacco or Big Oil did.
Atrial fibrillation impacts two million Americans, putting them at risk for, among other things, strokes. A new study looks at how stress and anger can trigger atrial fibrillation and be treated with an old medication: beta-blockers. It turns out that yoga might work just as well.
When we talk of patient safety, the analogy is often to aviation. But perhaps like commercial flight's problems with baggage, the last little push -- from a very few to never -- is a very steep hurdle.
Today the Hamptons, the summer community on the East End of New York's Long Island, conjure up a beautiful-people, trendy vibe. But its past contains a dark genetic nightmare.