People Want To Learn About Medical Risks As Soon As Possible

The higher their risk of certain illnesses, the more people are inclined to take action, ranging from seeking information to undergoing surgery, a new study shows.

The investigation by researchers from Yale and Syracuse universities reveals the attitudes that so many consumers have in an age of “surveillance medicine.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Cancer Patients: Eating Well during The Holidays

By Donna Heckler

You’re heading into the usual round of holiday feasts with a feeling of anxiety, maybe even dread, not because you’re afraid of putting on a few pounds, but because you’re undergoing treatment for cancer and have no interest in food.

Or maybe you’re hosting the party this year, and you’ll have a friend or family member at your table who is undergoing treatment. You’re wondering how best to accommodate his or her appetite or culinary needs.

Coping with The Dangers of Winter Driving

Having your car break down in normal weather is frustrating enough, but being trapped in a blizzard is a frightening experience that can have dangerous or even fatal consequences.

In this season of snowy holidays, you run the risk of being stuck in your car during a severe blizzard for hours or even days. But even if that’s the case, there are precautions you can take so you and your passengers can stay safe until you’re rescued.

Patients Want Access to Their Medical Records

Patients value direct, independent access to their medical exam records, according to a study presented in December 2014 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

A release from the society notes that fragmentation of health information among physicians, healthcare institutions or practices, and inefficient exchange of test results can decrease quality of care and contribute to high medical costs. Improving communications and giving patients more control over their care are critical goals of health IT initiatives.

Solve the Medical Riddle: She Had a Rash on Her Arms and Then New Patches Started Appearing on Her Legs and Torso, Third Week

By Marie Savard MD

[Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.


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