Conflicts with your doctor
April 25, 2016
Patients and doctors tend to maintain a cordial professional relationship most times. And that’s how it should be. Sobriety is required when discussing what ails you, and what treatment options may be appropriate. But every so often, your doctor’s recommendations might be in direct conflict from your own expectations. What happens then?Read more .....
Make your own health ‘bucket list’
April 12, 2016
The term ‘kicking the bucket’ is fairly well known, and what it implies. It was popularized by two men in a 2007 movie. They had terminal illnesses, and decided to actualize their dreams before kicking the bucket. They came up with a ‘bucket list’ of stuff they wanted to do before they died. You can borrow a leaf from the two gentlemen and come up with a bucket list for your own health. This would translate into optimal health for most of your days. You won’t then need to wait until you are in the process of dying to really live your life. You can live it here and now, by consciously taking simple steps to keep ahead with your health.Read more .....
Avoid being over-diagnosed, and over-treated
March 22, 2016
The concept of over-diagnosis may be foreign to most patients, and even doctors too. Over-diagnosis refers to making a diagnosis that is ultimately not necessary, because the patient would never have suffered any symptoms or death from the said diagnosis. Over-diagnosis usually occurs when you get screened for a disease, such as cancer, in an effort to detect it at an early stage when it may be more amenable to treatment and cure.Read more .....
Medical safety, lessons from the airline industry
February 2, 2016
Anyone who has ever traveled by air will be familiar with all the safety measures mandated by the airline industry. What gets demonstrated by the crew as safety procedures while aboard is only the tip of the iceberg. There is much more that the ordinary passenger never gets to be aware of. The modern aircraft has mind-boggling inbuilt safety processes, with monitoring of all conceivable eventualities and automation of remedial measures. Some have argued that the weakest link for airline safety is not the machine itself, but the human.Read more .....