Taking Charge – Using Your Voice To Ask The Tough Questions

Don’t leave your doctor’s office without the answers you need. by: Cathie Gandel | from: AARP Bulletin | May 15, 2009 Credit: Blend Images/Getty Images Asking the right questions just might save your life. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often enough. Study after study has shown that good communication and patient safety are inexorably linked. When communication with health care providers fails, patients are less likely to follow medication instructions, are subjected to more diagnostic …

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Don’t Leave Your Doctor’s Office Without The Answers You Need

by: Cathie Gandel | from: AARP Bulletin | May 15, 2009 Related Ask Your Doctor and Your Pharmacist About Your Medicines.  Asking Questions to Get the Care You Need.  Going to the Doctor? Take an Advocate Along.  Asking the right questions just might save your life. It’s a message that can’t be repeated often enough. Study after study has shown that good communication and patient safety are inexorably linked. When communication with health care providers fails, patients …

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Off-Label Use of Drugs

by: Irene Levine | from: AARP Bulletin | April 2008 As Ida Kalde’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed, she became increasingly confused, combative and delusional. She accused her son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Evelyn Ruut, whose Kingston, N.Y., home she lived in, of hiding the baby she thought she had given birth to. ” We were nearly at the end of our rope, ” Evelyn Ruut says. To help quiet Kalde, her doctor prescribed the antipsychotic medication Risperdal. ” …

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Saving Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord Blood

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta immediately following birth. Cord blood stem cells have the ability to treat the same diseases as bone marrow with a significantly lower rejection rate. Umbilical cord blood also is a rich source of stem cells, which are the building blocks of the immune system. Stem cells can be used to treat a variety of diseases, including leukemia and other cancers, and blood …

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Choosing the Right Birth Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are not planned. That’s important because unplanned pregnancies can be risky for both mother and child. As a result, CDC has started a nationwide effort to make sure women at risk for unplanned pregnancies know what birth control methods are available – and understand how to use them. Several things determine what method of birth control, or contraception, …

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