Story highlights Some health systems are exploring the idea of using artificial intelligence One doctor worries it could affect continuity of care for patients (CNN)One morning, Charlie Latuske woke up feverish and somewhat delirious in his home in Surrey in the UK, leaving him unable to function and in need of a doctor. He'd endured a sore throat and general malaise for a few days, believing it would get better, but that morning in August 2017, he knew that he had to do something about it. "I was quite out of it," said 27-year old Latuske, who was also due to go on vacation with his wife in just three days. Short on time, he dreaded the idea of calling his local general practitioner only to wait days or even a week for an appointment, or to wait in a queue for an emergency appointment. "I just needed to be seen without messing around with queues," he said. "When you're that ill, that's the last thing you want to do." Read More These days, this solution is somewhat … [Read more...] about Technology is changing the way you see a doctor, but is that good for your health?
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Atlanta (CNN)In her prime, Julie Mignerey was on her high school swim team. The statuesque woman grew up in a health-conscious household. Her father played professional football, and her mother, she says, was "fit and healthy." Fast-forward to 2018: Mignerey is 48 and married, with four teenagers. Staying fit is harder now. "I felt healthy my entire life until the last few years. As age has crept up on me, I noticed little things -- going up the stairs with a full load of laundry, I'm a little out of breath," she said. "Go hiking with my family, and I'm the last one in line." Julie Mignerey, seen here with her husband, had a hard time keeping up with her family after turning 40. It wasn't a good feeling, the suburban Atlanta mom says. Read More Mignerey tried to walk her dogs more often, get on the treadmill at home and take online yoga classes -- but it wasn't enough. "I needed an inspiration," she said. "I needed someone there who was going to push me and be more … [Read more...] about How to achieve ‘functional fitness’ in middle age without injuring yourself
(Reuters Health) - Some opioid users are more likely than others to know about and use naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses, suggests a study conducted in Chicago. People who inject heroin tend to be much more aware of naloxone than those who snort or smoke heroin or take prescription pills, the study team reports in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. “From my experience with patients, the users who seem to be the most informed about the problem and naloxone are the ones who are the most seriously into their addiction,” said lead author Dr. Jenna Nikolaides of the Cook County Health and Hospital System in Chicago. Opioids were involved in more than 33,000 deaths in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. The Cook County health system hosts one of the oldest naloxone distribution programs in the country, the authors note. “We wondered if these programs … [Read more...] about Naloxone-access programs miss many opioid users
By Isabel Teotonio Life Reporter Mon., March 26, 2018 When Shelley Wigham suffered a heart attack last summer, she was prescribed various cardiac medications. But the 64-year-old widow never took them. She doesn’t have a drug plan, was already paying $125 a month for meds to treat depression and high blood pressure, and, despite juggling two jobs, couldn’t afford to tack $300 onto her already pricey pharmacy bill. “I was a mess,” recalls Wigham, who did not tell anyone money was tight. “I was embarrassed. It’s a dirty little secret. Nobody wants to admit they can’t afford their drugs.” She hoped the heart attack was a one-off. It wasn’t. Share Your Thoughts! Article Continued Below Last month, Wigham had another heart attack. At the hospital, she told doctors she had not taken the meds because she couldn’t afford them. Three days later, she was discharged with a prescription for the same … [Read more...] about Doctors have no idea how much drugs cost — a Toronto physician wants to change that
Ellen Pautler has weathered surgery to fuse most of the vertebrae in her neck. Rheumatoid arthritis sometimes flares in her joints. Her right shoulder doesn't work as well as it used to. Pautler has toyed for five years with the idea of reverse shoulder replacement surgery. Doctors have told her she'll only get one stab at the procedure because they can't go back and do it again. It helps explain why she recently used an online "shared decision-making tool" to more thoughtfully consider her options – even though she's been a registered nurse for 42 years. "You want to be educated about what questions to ask," she said. "I kind of knew but when it's you, the anxiety builds up and you ask yourself after a doctor visit, 'Did I do the right thing?' 'Did I ask the right questions?' The program was a reassurance that I was looking into this the way I should be." Pautler, 63, of Lancaster, used a free software program called Welvie, offered by her health insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of … [Read more...] about Sweat surgery fears less with online ‘shared decision-making tools’