Whether you are recently diagnosed or dealing with a long-term condition, you should be involved in the decision-making process. The same is true if you and your doctor are discussing preventive screenings and/or diagnostic testing. Historically, a doctor would tell you your diagnosis and course of treatment, and you would do your best to follow […]
Do Device and Drug Company Payments Influence Doctors?
We all want to feel confident in our doctor’s treatment recommendations. Certainly, we don’t want our doctors prescribing medications that will fatten their own wallet, instead of focusing on what medications will help us the most. Similarly, we don’t want our doctors recommending medical devices that are not in our best interest. Unfortunately, device and […]
The Dangers of Too Many Medical Tests and Treatments
Have you ever insisted on a test or treatment when your doctor suggests otherwise? Has your doctor pressured you to get tested, or undergo a treatment, that you didn’t think was needed? The dangers of too many medical tests and treatments for patients should be of concern to all of us as it can impact […]
Are Clinical Trials Safe?
Clinical trials have been an important method for testing potential treatments for a long time. If you have a disease with no known cure, or conventional treatments don’t work for you, perhaps you’ve considered, or tried, a clinical trial. But are clinical trials safe? Does the US government protect us against harm from clinical trials? […]
Researching Clinical Trial Results
Have you thought about researching clinical trial results? When you, or a loved one, have a serious medical condition, it is natural, and important, to want to learn as much as you can about the condition and potential treatments. When traditional, often-used treatments are not promising, or not working for you or your loved one, […]