Neal Rubin The Detroit News Published 10:32 PM EDT May 28, 2019 Ferndale — An Econo Lodge in Battle Creek had 475 police calls in 13 months, and Drew Lane wants to talk to a guest to see just how godawful the place is. That's Drew Lane as in "The Drew & Mike Show," as in the first two names in Detroit FM radio for most of the 1990s and 2000s. The microphones are live last week as producer Brandon McAfee dials the front desk, multiple times, but he can't get past a recorded message. Instead, Lane and his team launch into dramatic readings of the motel's one-star online reviews — "They treat you like garbage, and it smells like garbage" — and a podcast segment that should be a disaster turns raucously funny instead. Ultimately, more than 150,000 people will download the show and share the mirth, putting it well within the top 1% of podcast popularity. Depending on how you tweak the numbers, Lane might have more daily listeners than he did when he was on … [Read more...] about Drew Lane builds podcast mini-empire in basement
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Fast tests designed to help primary care doctors rapidly spot dementia in their elderly patients often get it wrong, a new British report contends. The finding concerns three widely used quick dementia tests: the "Mini-Mental State Examination" (intended to assess mental orientation and verbal memory); the "Memory Impairment Screen" (which tests verbal memory); and "Animal Naming" (which gives patients one minute to quickly name as many animals as they can). The result: more than one-third of the patients were misclassified -- as either having or not having dementia -- by at least one of the rapid tests in question. "Dementia can be difficult to accurately detect, particularly in a primary care setting," said study lead author Janice Ranson. But the rapid tests "are important screening tools to help clinicians decide who is likely to benefit from further testing for dementia," she acknowledged. "Our results suggest that some of the misclassification is due to test biases, such as a … [Read more...] about Study: Dementia Tests in Doctors’ Offices Often Wrong
Many millennials are passing up visits to primary care offices in search of shorter wait times, virtual healthcare, and clearer pricing models. (iStock) For six years during her 20s, Tara Carter didn’t have a primary care doctor. To her, it wasn’t an efficient use of her time. First, she had to take time off work and sit in a doctor’s office, where she’d shell out her copay and answer a ton of questions. And often she’d be referred to a specialist, where she’d repeat the process over again. For minor health problems, such as sinus infections, she used retail walk-in or urgent care clinics instead. Carter, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, told Healthline that these are “sufficient to get the help I need and get out the door and back in bed — without waiting days for an appointment that didn’t fit my schedule.” Plus, at $50 to $75 per visit and offering middle-of-the night appointments and often prescriptions on the … [Read more...] about Millennials moving away from primary care doctors
(Reuters Health) - In people who already have a genetic vulnerability, small-particle air pollution known as black carbon may raise the risk of developing glaucoma, a new study suggests. Researchers found that in older men with genetic variations that made them especially susceptible to oxidative stress, long-term exposure to black carbon, a pollutant linked to vehicle emissions and other products of combustion, was associated with higher pressures in the eye, according to the study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. “Oftentimes, when we think about glaucoma we think about risk factors like age and genetic predisposition and we don’t think about the environment,” said the study’s lead author, Jamaji Nwanaji-Enwerem, an MD/PhD candidate at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. “But one thing we’re starting to appreciate more is how the environment impacts health outcomes.” One area in which there hasn’t been a lot of research is the … [Read more...] about Small-particle air pollution may raise glaucoma risk in some
Google, Amazon, insurers and credit card companies have long been able to tell whether you vote, own a dog, spent time in prison or drive a rusty 1997 Chevrolet. Now, that type of information is starting to pop up in front of doctors when you walk into their examination rooms. A small but fast-growing number of technology companies, including data brokers LexisNexis and Acxiom, sell health care providers detailed analyses of their patients, incorporating criminal records, online purchasing histories, retail loyalty programs and voter registration data. Story Continued Below Some health systems think the data may drive better medical decision-making — helping them identify patients at risk of expensive care or rehospitalization, for instance, and enabling them to connect hurting patients with follow-up care or social work programs. The fact that a hypertension patient lives in a food desert, or lacks carfare to get to appointments, may be more important to her health than any … [Read more...] about Does your doctor need to know what you buy on Amazon?