- Over 99% of patients prefer informal address.
- Greater than one-third having a preference to being called a name other than their legal first name.
- 57% of patients were unable to correctly name a single member of their attending medical team
A study published in the BMJ this month by Parsons et al has shown that:
A recent 2015 complementary medicine research study from the RTI International-University of Chapel Hill Evidence-based Practice Center concluded that there was no difference in the treatment of depression using second generation antidepressants over Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT).
The holidays, officially a time of good cheer, have become instead a byword for stress, overeating, running up bills, and enduring one's relatives. This falls in line with the last two posts on happiness and our dubious relationship to it. It's hard to find to define a greater goal in life than lasting happiness, yet modern psychology, with its notions about happiness being incidental and unpredictable, discourages us form believing in lasting happiness.
Eating ‘everything in moderation’ has been a long standing public health advice for decades. However, new complementary medicine research by de Oliveira Otto et al indicates that this may increase waist lines and is not a remedy for natural weight loss.
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapy Acupuncture has been around for almost 3,000 years. Electro-acupuncture is a ‘modern-type’ of acupuncture, which applies low-intensity electrical pulses through needles inserted at specific points on the body.A single-blind trial, recently published in the Journal of Medical Acupuncture demonstrated that patients with hypertension that use electro-acupuncture have a reduced blood pressure for up to 6-weeks. Furthermore,, this complementary medicine research study suggested that regular electro-acupuncture can cause a decline in the risk for cardiovascular diseases in the long term.
It is official! Men experience anxiety and depression, both before and after the birth of their child, nearly as much as women do, according to a systematic review. The review was recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
A 2015 complementary medicine research study from the University of Otago in Dunedin surveyed 2051 New Zealanders with clinically diagnosed gout. Of these people 71% reported having one or more food triggers. The study reported that the triggers of gout were:
Massage therapy is a popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment that has been shown to help some asthma patients. Massage therapy promotes relaxation, and as stress is a known and common trigger for asthma; it is possible that the relaxation effects of massage could help with asthma symptoms. Moreover, the scalene can become overactive in asthmatics or pain can be associated with the serratus anterior.
Overall, inflation has been very tame in recent years. It's one of the few advantages we get from having a somewhat stagnant economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices in the U.S. have only risen an average of just over 3 percent since 2012. Even most health care prices have been tamer than usual lately. But there have been some major exceptions to this trend of low inflation -- most notably, the cost of prescription medications.
Given the wide array of adverse reactions that can potentially occur from taking medications, how much time should be spent discussing these side effects at the doctor's office? Which possible reactions should be emphasized and which should be deferred?