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Driving Home Your Diagnosis

By Alain Hyman, MD Today’s Diagnostic Radiologist, as a member of your healthcare team, combines imaging technology with elements of your most current personal history to provide useful information along 3 main avenues:   Screening for signs of early disease (e.g. screening mammography)    Diagnosis and staging of new conditions Monitoring of the effects of treatment The work of modern radiologists goes well beyond “driving home” your doctor’s diagnosis. From

Spicy Foods Linked to Lower Risk of Early Death

Previous research has suggested that beneficial effects of spices and their bioactive ingredient, capsaicin, include anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anticancer properties. So an international team led by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences examined the association between consumption of spicy foods as part of a daily diet and the total risk and causes of death. They undertook a prospective study of 487,375 participants, aged 30-79 years, from the

End of Life: Having the Discussion

Today on FindaTopDoc Radio we are speaking with Internist, Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider. Dr. Ungerleider attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center. After completing her residency, she felt as though there were improvements that could be made in regards to the way people are informed about end of life. She has sought to

Physician Recommendation Leads to Patient Weight Loss

Patients who have received recommendations from their doctors to lose weight are more likely to take those suggestions seriously and lose the weight. New research from the University of Georgia, published in the journal Economics and Human Biology, indicates that patients whose physicians have recommended weight loss succeed more often than patients whose physicians have not advised weight loss. The study used a national data set from the Centers for

Genetics Link Height to Heart Disease

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published research linking height and coronary artery disease through the study of genetics. Doctors have known since the 1950s about the link between short stature and coronary artery disease, “but the reason behind this really hasn’t been completely clear,” said Nilesh Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester in the U.K. Samani and his colleagues looked at the genes of nearly 200,000

Could Marijuana be Legalized Nationwide?

Though the national election is over one year away, 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is open to the idea of legalizing marijuana around the nation. In an online discussion at, Sanders commented that he would be open to legalizing marijuana use for recreational purposes nationwide. “The state of Vermont voted to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana and I support that. I have supported the use of

How to Communicate Better with Patients in 2015

Communication: It’s the key for doctor-patient interaction. In 2015, resolve to communicate with your patients better and more effectively using these easy and quick strategies! 1)    Listen. A well-known study conducted by Beckman and Frankel in 1984 revealed that physicians are likely to interrupt their patients within 18 seconds of speaking. (Source) So take a minute or two to listen to your patient and understand the complexity of his or

Using Electronic Health Records More Efficiently

As electronic health records (EHRs) gain in popularity and function using them to improve your efficiency and effectiveness as a doctor doesn’t have to be like learning another language. Recent studies have shown that EHRs improve the quality of patient care and decrease medical errors as well as provided financial benefits for practices in the long run. So how can you use EHRs to improve your practice? Physicians Practice offers

Seven New Year’s Resolutions for Your Practice

As 2015 gets underway, it is important to make resolutions that will improve your practice in whatever way you can. Not only will you make your workplace a happy and healthy place for your patients, but it will improve your outlook and well being as well! Here are some suggestions for your resolutions that will help kick off 2015 the right way. 1) Arrive to the Office on Time. When

What You Need To Know About Healthcare In 2015 By Steven Vitte

Plenty of changes are coming to your healthcare plan in 2015, but the changes that you are about to experience will be more significant than the changes you have experienced in this past year of 2014. The main changes to healthcare plans dwell in financial avenues, meaning that some of the costs will go up for healthcare subscribers. Let’s review some of the changes that were made to healthcare plans