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Medical mistakes do harm to an unacceptable number of patients.
—from a new Institute of Medicine report, "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care"
Bottom Line: To protect yourself from diagnostic error: 1. Don't rush toward treatment until you are certain you have an accurate diagnosis; 2. Seek out opinions from specialists who are experts in your condition; 3. If your diagnosis was arrived at from a reading of pathology reports and/or imaging, it's a good idea to have those re-read; 4. Read the IOM's Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis, and "Chapter 10: Step 2—Diagnosis," in The Patient's Playbook.
Is Addyi a libido wonder drug or another headache for women?
—Harvard professor and physician Dr. Paula Johnson, in Robb Report Health & Wellness
Bottom line: Every drug has risks. Discuss them with your doctor and always read the package inserts, which you can find at Drugs@FDA.
6 Simple Travel Tips for People with Type 2 Diabetes
Bottom Line: You are the best advocate for your health. And building a strong relationship with a primary care physician is a crucial part of that role—especially if you have a chronic illness. If the relationship is there, your doctor and his or her staff will be there for you, just a phone call away for guidance, even when you are traveling.
This is how a flu virus attacks, mutates, and becomes contagious.
Bottom Line: Fall is finally here! But, unfortunately, so is flu season. Flu vaccinations save lives. For more on why you should get yours early, check out the CDC’s What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season.