Today on "Medical Minute," WABE medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox highlights the importance of statin drugs and how for most people, the benefits far outweigh the risks of side effects, which are often overplayed online.
In this "Medical Minute," Dr. Ford Vox points out that as medical devices become “democratized” and available cheaply online, users need to keep in mind an old adage once reserved for the medical profession: “A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.”
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is enacting a radical new policy on emergency room visits to contain costs.
The insurer, which provides the only Affordable Care Act exchange plan in well over half of Georgia counties, says they’ll carefully scrutinize medical records when its members go to the ER and, if it determines that a reasonable person with the same problem wouldn’t have made the decision to head to the hospital, it won’t pay the bill. Georgia hospitals and ER doctors are decrying the move, as are many consumers.
In this "Medical Minute," learn about the so-called “Weekend Effect” – the statistical observation that you’re more likely to die if you’re admitted to the hospital on the weekend versus a week day.
It’s a phenomenon that holds true across various nations with differing medical systems, including the United States. Researchers and even people who craft public policy, especially in national health systems like the United Kingdom’s, naturally assumed that lower hospital staffing on weekends compared to weekdays fed the problem.
Apple cider vinegar – is it a cure-all? Well, nothing’s as miraculous as the marketing for apple cider vinegar makes it out to be, but as you’ll hear in this “Medical Minute,” vinegar has accepted medical uses, and there’s a growing evidence base that a little vinegar, probably tastiest on a salad, can help tamp down blood sugar after a meal. And the salad doesn’t hurt, either.