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Medication Errors in Long-Term Care Facilities – One Patient’s Cautionary Tale.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog posts (and I hope you are! If not, sign up here to receive my weekly post by email) you know I often cite research regarding the frequency and severity of medication errors. The Institute of Medicine estimates the average patient in hospitals and long-term care facilities experiences at least […]

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Tips to Save Money on Prescriptions

Everyone has experienced the sticker shock of picking up an unexpectedly expensive medication from the pharmacy. Even with insurance coverage your co-pay can be expensive. Or perhaps you haven’t reached your deductible yet and have to pay the full price. How can you save money on prescriptions? Read on! What can you do? There are […]

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How Should You Dispose of Medications?

It happens to all of us. Years pass by as you accumulate partially used bottles of medicine – prescription and over-the-counter (OTC).  The bottles accumulate yet we do nothing. Probably because we don’t know what to do with these medications. How should you dispose of medications? Why can’t you flush ’em? According to Dispose My […]

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New Trends in Healthcare: Personal Tracking Devices, Digital Pills

This is the 4th and last posting in my series on new trends in healthcare.  Today’s post focuses on personal tracking devices for healthcare and digital pills. To read the other posts in this series: Telehealth and medical scribes Uber vs ambulances, EMT care in your home, and tablets for hospital patients Concierge doctors and […]

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6 Tips to Better Manage Your Healthcare for 2018

Now that 2018 is here, it’s a good time to focus on how to better manage your healthcare. Here are six tips to better manage your healthcare to get the best outcome possible for yourself or a loved one. Prepare for Medical Appointments! Doctors see patients in time limited slots, with both parties often feeling rushed. […]

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Reviews of Smartphone Medication Apps – 2nd Edition

Taking the correct medication at the right time is an important part of your health care. Since more than 50% of Americans do not take their medications as prescribed, it’s wise to use reminders to help you stay on track. Smartphone medication apps can provide reminders, and other organizational tools, to help you follow your doctor’s […]

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Are Antibiotics Helpful or Harmful? What You Need to Know.

Antibiotics are the go-to treatment for many types of infections. Doctors prescribe them, and/or patients demand them, for a wide variety of ailments.  However, antibiotics are a mixed blessing.  Are antibiotics helpful or harmful? Sometimes they don’t help you recover,  sometimes they can make you sicker, and collectively they are causing great harm. Antibiotics can […]

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