Fraudulent and unproven health products and services are a common problem, and billions of dollars are spent every year to promote them. What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some common red flags to watch for.
Going to the doctor can be scary or embarrassing for patients -- and this can sometimes lead them to lie to their physician. A little lie can't hurt, can it? When it comes to your health, it certainly can. You could be preventing an accurate diagnosis and hurting your chances for a longer, healthier life.
Colorectal cancer is rising among millennials, raising the question: Should people be screened earlier than they are now? Colorectal cancer can be prevented if polyps are caught early. Here’s when you should be screened if you’re at moderate or high risk for colorectal cancer.
As tears well-up in her eyes, I notice her husband's arms reaching over to comfort my patient’s mother. I continue to describe the disease that has been ravaging at their son's intestines, probably for the last several months. Although his parents had suspected something was seriously wrong when their son’s abdominal pain and diarrhea (which had initially seemed like the “stomach flu”) got progressively worse, nothing could’ve them prepared them for what I had just confirmed during his colonoscopy: Crohn’s disease.
On our Pediatric unit, we see a number of patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Some are well-established in their care, some are newly-diagnosed and just beginning treatment, and some are being seen by the doctor to explore if their symptoms warrant a definitive diagnosis of Crohn’s or UC. I interviewed one patient (referred to as our “Crohn’s Champion” for privacy) regarding his experience for the last 18 months since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 9 years old.
EDMONDS, Wash — Jan., 26, 2014 — Swedish Edmonds announced today that it now offers genetic counseling and testing for Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) patients. Genetic counseling can help determine which genetic tests are appropriate for patients and families with inherited cancers including breast, ovarian and colon cancers.
“Genetic counseling and testing can significantly influence a patient’s cancer treatment plan,” said Robert Resta, MS, board-certified genetic counselor at SCI. “Counseling can also indicate appropriate screening tests and medical procedures for relatives who may be at increased risk of developing cancer.”
When you’re not feeling well, sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn. As the Nurse Navigator with Swedish Digestive Health Network, I get these calls every day. Below are a few tips to help you advocate for yourself if you are not feeling well. (Remember to first and foremost get established with a primary care doctor before you become ill!)
1. If you’re not feeling well: