Ready to make your appointment?get free access to Castle Connolly's complete physician database of more than 22,000 primary-care doctors and specialists across the U.S.Cardiology and Internal Medicine DermatologyObstetrics & Gynecology EndocrinologyGastroenterologyOncologyNeurologyOrthopedics/Sports MedicinePsychiatryReproductive Medicine & InfertilityCardiology and Internal MedicineNo. 1 killer of American women. "A healthy lifestyle goes a long way, but most Americans live on fast food and the most exerting thing they do all day is push a computer key," says Barbara H. Roberts, M.D., director of the Women's Cardiac Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. The first step toward preventing the disease, she says, is convincing patients to alter their daily activities (for instance, exercising for just half an hour, five days a week, cuts your risk by 30 percent). That's where the internists and cardiologists listed to the right--selected for their focus on risk … [Read more...] about America’s Top Doctors For Women
When doctors become patients
Growing up, I always thought of hospitals as having a certain mystique that was impenetrable to the outside world. White-coated figures paraded through long hallways and entered doorways marked “restricted access," behind which I imagined miracles happened.As a medical student, I continued to hold the medical world in great awe. All that changed the day that my mother became a patient. After a year of telling her primary care doctor that something was wrong, she was finally diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer—cancer that, by then, had spread to her lungs, her bones, and her brain.I was wracked with guilt. I was training to be a doctor—why didn’t I figure out that her symptoms indicated cancer? Why didn’t I try to convince her doctors to look harder? Why didn’t I know that medicine was so fallible? Over the next several months, I saw firsthand not only how difficult it is to navigate the healthcare system, but also how scary and … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Mom is Diagnosed with Cancer
(Natural News) Most Left-wing American political figures, entertainers and academics speak highly of the United Kingdom’s socialized medicine system, saying that the U.S. ought to emulate it. But they don’t live there so they don’t really know just how bad it is, and how close it is getting to collapse.In fact, the National Health Service is so chronically under-funded — socialized medical systems require massive infusions of tax money — that scores of senior physicians may begin refusing to take on new patients unless the government commits more financial resources, the UK’s Daily Mail is reporting.The fact is, they really have few other choices.In a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the British Medical Association says that the government pledged to spend an additional £12 billion (about $16 billion) earlier this year, but that additional funding has yet to materialize, placing greater strains on an already financially burdened system.In … [Read more...] about Socialized medicine FAIL: UK losing 400 doctors PER MONTH as system collapses amid chronic funding shortages
(Natural News) Political biases are not hard to find in 2016. Thanks to the rise of the internet and social media, knowing everyone’s in-depth political views has become extremely easy. People whose opinions on political matters you never would have known are now accessible right at the your fingertips thanks to Facebook and Twitter. While this is mostly harmless, new studies show that one’s political views could potentially be a lot more dangerous than we ever expected.Whether your doctor is a Republican or Democrat could potentially effect the quality of care you are receiving from them, a new study published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows. Issues dealing with pregnancy and drug use are among the top of the list when it comes to differences in the care received by doctors who identify as Democrat or Republican. While the manner in which they vote is harmlessly different, the manner in which they offer their … [Read more...] about Doctors treat patients differently based on their own political views, study shows
(Natural News) The decision to undergo a double mastectomy is not one that is made lightly, but it is one that countless women have had to face over the years. The number of women undergoing the procedure has increased dramatically since 2013, when famed actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had both of her breasts removed due to a mutated BRCA1 gene — which can purportedly increase the risk of breast cancer by 87 percent.Millions of women have rushed to get testing of their own, and many have had their breasts removed as a result. But new research from Stanford University School of Medicine has shown that many of these women went under the knife for one simple reason — and it wasn’t cancer. In fact, it is supposedly because their doctors had “misunderstood” their genetic testing panels. Indeed, the scientists say that approximately half of all women who had their breasts removed didn’t need to have the surgery at all.As the study from … [Read more...] about Women being CONNED into unnecessary double mastectomies by doctors who misrepresent genetic testing, warns Stanford researchers
It is the double-edged sword of the modern era: the mobile technology available to healthcare providers today can help them to swiftly slash through many of their daily tasks, from documentation to direct patient care. For that reason, smartphones now go hand in hand with stethoscopes. But those same devices can also be a source of incessant demands, beeping and buzzing with every update. However, Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., wields that double-edged sword like a medical swashbuckler. As the director of community medicine for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for Texas Children's Hospital in Houston - America's largest children's hospital - Dr. Vartabedian finds technology so critical to successful medicine that he writes a blog about healthcare and digital culture. Where does Dr. Vartabedian see cutting-edge technology trends in his practice? Has technology really made his patients smarter? And how does he manage his patients' expectation of him being available … [Read more...] about Mobile technology: A blessing or a curse for doctors?
"The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug, make them resistant," said Alexander Fleming, speaking in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1945. As predicted almost 70 years ago by the man who discovered the first antibiotic, drug resistance is upon us. A 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that more than 2 million people in the US alone become ill every year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections, and 23,000 die from such infections. In April this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published their first global report on the issue, looking at data from 114 countries. WHO focused on determining the rate of antibiotic resistance to seven bacteria responsible for many common infections, including pneumonia, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea … [Read more...] about Antibiotic resistance: how has it become a global threat to public health?
On the other hand, they don’t treat acute respiratory tract/viral infections like pharyngitis, bronchitis, and the majority of sore throats, sinus and ear infections, and especially not the common cold. This fact was recently echoed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the High Value Care Task Force of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in an article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The goal for doctors is to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) like the common cold. The article was aimed at healthcare professionals and general practitioners (GPs) who see patients with ARTIs on a regular basis. The study authors noted that the most common reason that antibiotics are prescribed for American adults is ARTIs like the common cold. According to a study from the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, four out of five Americans are prescribed antibiotics every year. Studies have also … [Read more...] about Antibiotics Not Recommended for the Common Cold, Say Doctors
Patients become patients when some ailment warrants the label. Medical professionals then interact with patients by attempting to label and treat the ailment. Sound familiar? Western medicine is still limited by this simple version of human health, yet, every day the holistic health revolution finds new ways to challenge, broaden, and transform the way we understand our bodies, minds, and spirits. When a person sees a medical professional, they may or may or may not receive tips for prevention. Yet, when risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, depression, etc., pop-up, most doctors are quick to offer preventive measures that focus on healthy lifestyles. While many doctors aren’t likely to offer drastically alternative advice, the scope of prevention has considerably broadened. Harvard Medical School even published a press release about the health benefits of eating nuts. From medical websites to books written by doctors that bridge the gap between self-help and health, new … [Read more...] about More than Patients: Holistic Health Revolution
PART 3: AFTER CANCER—NORMAL BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY “AREN’T YOU DYING TO START LIVING?” *Parts one and two can be seen on my website: notesfromanaturopath.com I often wonder what might have happened if my husband would have opted to have the surgery performed locally. The very word cancer evokes such fear, that people are willing to accept the antiquated, limited options of mutilating surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation without question. Get rid of this stuff as soon as possible—no matter the long-term consequences—because no one thinks about long term. And why does the medical profession feed this fear and refuse to educate themselves about current, well researched and documented scientific PROOF that cancer is being reversed, defeated, and cured NOW? To this day, my husband will not talk about his experience with cancer. Integrating back into “normal” is very difficult even after you are declared cancer free. The … [Read more...] about After Cancer–Normal becomes Extraordinary