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Adverse Drug Reactions in the ER

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Adverse reactions to drugs are not only hard to diagnose, but  are costly as well.  It is estimated that it is costing 50 million dollars a year in the emergeny department alone. These events increase the risk of hospitalization by 50% and 70% of these adverse drug reaction incidents are preventable.              

America is Sleep Deprived

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
  Most Americans only get between 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night.  People really need 7 to 8 hours of sleep and teenagers need even more.  In a recent survey 95% of the people surveyed used some type of electronic device such as televisions, computers, or video game an hour before going to bed most nights during the week.  This can affect...

Breast Biopsies: Needle vs Surgery

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
There has been a debate for many years over whether needle breast biopsies are safer than surgical biopsies.  Many people believe needle biopsies are less invasive and surgery is not really necessary and just another way for surgeons to make more money.  Needle biopsies a far less expensive and can be done by a radiologist.  There was a medical...

Can We Afford Medicaid Expansion?

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
 There seems to be a conflict between the Democrats, the Replicans and the States as to whether we can afford to expand Medicaid.  People believe that the Republicans think is costs too much and that the Democrats believe that we can save on fraudulent and unneecessary costs.  Dr. Len thinks they are both wrong.  How can our government say...

Connection of Low Birth Weight and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Research continues to show just how important it is for pregnant women to eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle.  An article in the journal "Brain Research" states: Nutritionally deprived newborns and fetuses have less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake.  Because of the lack of neurons these babies are programmed...

Defensive Medicine in Orthopedics

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
A new survey of orthopedics surgeons showed roughly a third of the imaging tests they ordered, such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, are meant to protect them from lawsuits rather than for the benefit of the patient.  Defensive medicine, where physicians order diagnostic tests of little benefit largely to protect themselves from lawsuits, are up as high as...

Diet Soda Addiction

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Can People become addicted to Diet Soda?  While controversial, research has shown that some people can become addicted to diet soda.  Using fMRI's, scientists can see that the aspartame affects the pleasure centers of the brain, much like sugar does. Some people will actually "chain drink" diet soda and can go through withdrawals when...

Do MDs Manage Obesity Well?

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Two-thirds of Americans are over weight.  Many of those are obese or morbidly (over 100 pound over weight) obese.  It is well documented that obesity causes a number of chronic diseases, and even death.  The medical costs due to obesity is enormous.  Many people use food as a way of coping, including children.  It is not uncommon for...

Drug Dosing Confuses the Elderly

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Many older patients, who take an average of seven medications a day, get confused by the vague instructions on the prescription bottles and they don’t take their medicines properly.  Even well educated people may have some low “health literacy skills.”  Patients often think they aren’t supposed to take their medications at the...

Elective Surgery and Conflicts of Interest

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
How do you know if the doctor that is doing your elective surgery doing what is best for you?  If you were to go to another region, would you find the doctors there would use another method?  If you have breast cancer, how do you know whether you need a mastectomy or a lumpectomy? Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki discuss what you can do to make sure...

Fastrack Archives March 2011

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Here you will find all the Prescriptions for Health Fastrack Radio Shows for March 2011. March 2011 marks the end of an era for Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki, as these are the last shows produced at KEST Radio in San Francisco. Beginning April 1, 2011 all shows will be exclusive to You don't need to becomse member to listen in, but becoming a...

Genes and Heart Attack

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Scientists have found thirteen new gene variants that can increase a person's chance of developing heart disease.  One of the benefits would be the ability to identify people carrying this gene and neutralize the excess risk.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardio vascular disease, one of the largest killers in the...

Hot Flashes May Protect the Heart

submitted by: admin on 09/24/2013
Hot flashes and night sweats with menopause are a nuisance for women, but the good news is that their suffering may not be in vain.  Research has shown that women who suffer from hot flashes and night sweats may be at a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and death.                    

Influence of Advertising on Drug Sales

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Can advertising in medical journals affect what pharmaceutal drugs are recommended?  Research has shown that journals that are supported through advertising are more likely to support a new drug.  Journals that get most of their income from subscriptions are more likely to publish articles and reports against a new drug.

Mammograms: How to Make Them Better

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
The FDA believes the more radiologists read mammograms, the more expertise they develop in diagnosing breast cancer. Soon the policy with the FDA my change requiring radiologist to read more mammograms per two years in order to improve their skills because there are too many false positives.  Is there a way to make mammograms better?

Medical Journals Reflect Pharma Conflicts of Interest

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
In order to validate research, it is necessary to look into who is funding the research as well as who is doing it. When a pharmaceutical company funds a research project, they want to make that drug look like a new wonder drug and they their primary concern is not whether it is effective or that it has side effects. They have very limited ethics. They are looking...

New Lupus Drug is a Blockbuster

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Lupus erythematosis is a chronic auto-immune disease that affects millions of people.  Scientists are not exactly sure if lupus is a genetic disease, environmental, or related to lifestyle. Lupus can also be drug induced. It can be very debilitating and can affect joints, blood cells, skin, as well as organs such as the kidneys, heart and lungs.  Lupus...

Nitrates for Osteoporosis

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Lately there have been reports about the bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis, are causing fractures of the femur and other bones in the body.  The drugs most commonly prescribed are Actonel, Fosamax, Reclast, and Boniva to name a few.  These drugs are powerful and cause dramatic changes in bone physiology.  It may be true that these drugs...

Prescriptions for Health Radio Show: March 11, 2011

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Prescriptions for Health on DemandMarch 11, 2011                                                                 ...

Prescriptions for Health Radio Show: March 18, 2011

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2024
Hour One:  20:20 tips  “ SSKI (Saturated Solution of Potassium Iodide)”  Besides protecting the thyroid in case of impending nuclear exposure, it has many uses as a home remedy; and tip #2 “More uses for SSKI drops and possible side effect and safety.” Both tips talk about the potassium iodide pills.   Topics this...

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