Best Practices

Do We Simply Not Care About Old People?

The covid-19 pandemic would be a wake-up call for America, advocates for the elderly predicted: incontrovertible proof that the nation wasn’t doing enough to care for vulnerable older adults. The death toll was shocking, as were reports of chaos in nursing homes and seniors suffering from isolation, depression, untreated illness, and neglect. Around 900,000 older adults have died of covid-19 to...

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Treatment can do more harm than good for prostate cancer − why active surveillance may be a better option for some

A cancer diagnosis is serious, but immediately starting treatment sometimes isn’t the best course of action. ljubaphoto/E+ via Getty Images ~~~~~ Although about 1 in 8 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, only about 1 in 44 will die from it. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer die from other causes, especially those with a low-risk prostate cancer...

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Mammography AI Can Cost Patients Extra. Is It Worth It?

As I checked in at a Manhattan radiology clinic for my annual mammogram in November, the front desk staffer reviewing my paperwork asked an unexpected question: Would I like to spend $40 for an artificial intelligence analysis of my mammogram? It’s not covered by insurance, she added. I had no idea how to evaluate that offer. Feeling upsold, I said no. But it got me thinking: Is this something I...

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New Year’s Resolution: No Agreement, No Money

The United States regulates the business of healthcare more strictly than nearly any other sector, and the issue of employment in healthcare is no exception. There are laws that govern the ability for a healthcare business to employ every type of worker, from a healthcare provider, administrator, management company, to virtually any person or entity that provides services of any kind. Employment...

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Cancer Patients Face Frightening Delays in Treatment Approvals

Marine Corps veteran Ron Winters clearly recalls his doctor’s sobering assessment of his bladder cancer diagnosis in August 2022. “This is bad,” the 66-year-old Durant, Oklahoma, resident remembered his urologist saying. Winters braced for the fight of his life. Little did he anticipate, however, that he wouldn’t be waging war only against cancer. He also was up against the Department of...

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The holidays and your brain – a neuroscientist explains how to identify and manage your emotions

When stress and tension are starting to mount, taking short breaks and deep breaths can help clear your mind. AaronAmat/iStock / Getty Images Plus ~~~~~ Just as the shift to shorter days and colder weather can bring with it mood swings and other emotional challenges, the holiday season can also bring about somewhat predictable changes in mood and behavior. Around this time of year, many of us...

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