We don't expect 700,000 deaths this year from the flu, like in 1918, but the vaccine is proving to have marginal benefit and lots of patients are coming in with what might be the flu. I suggest we put on a mask more often and wash our hands even after touching a doorknob in the hospital.
Can a popular medication used for the treatment of CHF increase the risk of dementia? Some say we just don't know. Here's the explanation.
CMS currently deducts 1% of all payments to the lowest 25% of hospitals who have the poorest ratings for Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC). It's working to encourage hospitals to reduce errors, infections, and falls. I suggest we add AMP ( Assaults on Medical Providers) into the mix. Have a listen.
If you've been treated with lasix you will want to listen to this podcast. A potent diuretic, lasix can be very effective in helping doctors remove excess water from your body but too often too many patients are receiving excessive doses that can lead to renal failure.
Go to https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars
to find out how many dinner talks your doctor gives for Pharma. Doctors are now getting paid as much as $4,000 for each brief talk and free dinner. Most of them realize that if they don't prescribe the drug, they are paid to discuss, they won't be invited back. It's a " Good Deal" for a doctor who likes money but a " Bad Deal" for their patients. Tell them you will find another physician and please post their names and how much they are paid on our "Real Medicine" Facebook Page.
Yesterday Brooklyn prosecutors charged Kristina Mirbabayeva as the ringleader in a $146 million dollar scheme that included paying indigent people to have tests they did not need and then laundering the money. Many others, including several doctors were involved. Our podcast highlights what occurred as well as another scam going on right now that the DA doesn't even talk about.
The New Times published results of the ORBITA trial this week and told us it was 'Unbelievable' that a patient who received a heart stent did no better than the patient treated with medications.
When preparing for this podcast I noticed that the times made a major error by choosing the photo, which I display on FB, for their article. Does anyone recognize this major mistake? I wrote to Times and hope to hear back.
In my 30 years of practice I have consulted on patients who are taking statins but have no indication for them and others who are not prescribed a statin but should be. Should you take a statin? Have a listen and then ask your doctor.