Archive for the ‘Personal Responsibility’ Category

June is National Safety Month – How Safe Are You?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:12 No Comments

Today, I have asked a colleague of mine to submit a guest post. Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN, is a health writer who started her professional life as a registered nurse. She is passionate about helping people learn about medical and health issues in a way that anyone can understand. Marijke writes for many print and […]

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Do You Eat? Take Meds? Then You Need the Food Drug Interaction Guide

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 17:22 No Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Consumer Education About Medicine program publishes a guide to help consumers avoid harmful interactions between the medicines they take and the food they eat or beverages they drink: Avoid Food-Drug Interactions-A Guide Many drugs are listed by name, categorized by what conditions they are prescribed for: allergies/asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular conditions, […]

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Leonard Neff (my dad), the original empowered health care consumer

Monday, June 3, 2013 19:39 No Comments

My father, Leonard Neff,  the original empowered health care consumer, died 7 years ago of pancreatic cancer. But he successfully fought, and won, against previous diagnoses of lung cancer and prostate cancer. Despite being a physician who should have known better, Dad wasn’t so great at taking care of his own health in some ways. […]

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Be Prepared: Before You Enter the Hospital

Saturday, June 1, 2013 7:00 No Comments

If you are scheduled to go into the hospital in the near future, I recommend that you read this brochure before you go: Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital. Learn to care for yourself after returning home from the hospital and reduce the risk that you’ll need to be […]

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Staying Healthy While Traveling

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 16:34 1 Comment

I’m about to leave for points East to attend a conference. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the mother ship for us epidemiologists) provided a useful article about staying healthy while traveling. Sure wish I’d known about this before I left for Japan last year to visit my daughter (luckily, she came through the […]

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Safety First: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 18:21 No Comments

I’m sorry that I missed notifying you about Patient Safety Awareness Week 2010, which was 2 weeks ago. PSAW is a national education and awareness-building campaign for improving patient safety at the local level. The theme this year was “Let’s Talk: Healthy Conversations for Safer Healthcare.” The National Patient Safety Foundation, which sponsors PSAW, offers […]

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Workshop: Get the Most From Your Health Care Dollar

Sunday, August 9, 2009 15:31 No Comments

For readers in the Los Angeles area: As Americans demand reform of our broken health care system, becoming an informed, empowered health care consumer is more important than ever. To meet this need, I will be offering a workshop, “How to Get the High Quality Health Care You Deserve” on August 15, 2009 from 9 […]

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Protect Your Heart While Traveling

Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:21 No Comments

While planning your next business or pleasure trip, you might want to choose your hotel based on an amenity that has potentially more importance than an in-room spa or 24-hour room service. If you have (or are at risk of) heart disease, you might want to check if your lodging has installed automated external defibrillators […]

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Keeping Health Care Costs Low –Stay Out of the Emergency Room

Monday, July 6, 2009 17:32 No Comments

Even the simplest Level 1 visit to the Emergency Room in the US will cost at least $250 (about twice the cost of a visit to a primary care physician), and the cost can rise dramatically from there. Prevention being better than a cure, consider doing the following to avoid that expensive health care: o […]

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Healthcare Lessons Learned While on Vacation

Saturday, July 4, 2009 21:41 No Comments

While on a romantic getaway in Northern California last month, my garden variety ear infection turned into a painful nightmare, despite 2 previous rounds of antibiotics. Here’s what I learned the hard way: *Double check that you packed your cell phone charger. *Have your doctor’s office or cell phone number (or both) in your cell […]

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