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If you're having eye problems, you may not know which type of specialist to consult.
Here's some help from experts who explain the roles of an optometrist, ophthalmologist, pediatric ophthalmologist, orthoptist and optician.
Optometrists provide comprehensive eye care, including evaluations for glasses and contact lenses and common eye diseases.
"They play a role in monitoring...
One in four doctors has been personally attacked or sexually harassed on social media, a new study finds.
Women are more likely to be sexually harassed, while both men and women are attacked based on religion, race or medical recommendations, researchers say.
Doctors received negative reviews, coordinated harassment, threats at work, public exposure of their personal information and...
- Steven Reinberg
- January 7, 2021
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Telemedicine rapidly expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic as people turned to their phones and computers rather than leave their homes for health care.
But some groups of people were left behind in the telemedicine boom, a new study reports.
Middle-aged and older folks are much less likely to complete their scheduled telemedicine visits, as well as Medicaid recipients and those who...
- Dennis Thompson
- January 6, 2021
- Full Page
In late December, Dr. Ada Stewart asked her staff to check on a patient who had missed an appointment.
She soon learned that the patient had no transportation for the 45-minute drive, so Stewart offered to conduct the appointment by phone instead.
"It still accomplished so much. I was able to see how their diabetes was doing, how they were preparing for the holiday seaso...
As 2020 careens to a close, one thing is clear: With infections topping 19 million and a death toll over 333,000, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every facet of American life.
As a new year nears, two leaders in the response to the pandemic talked over mistakes made, hard lessons learned and new reasons for hope.
No one can say the United States has performed well against C...
Blood pressure readings between the two arms can be different, and that disparity can sometimes be a warning sign of heart trouble down the road.
That's the finding of an analysis of 24 past studies: When people have at least a 5-point difference in blood pressure between the two arms, their risk of heart attack, stroke or premature death inches up. And the greater the difference, the mor...
Frontline health care workers have been through tremendous challenges this past year while treating COVID-19 patients throughout the world.
It should come as no surprise that many are having trouble emotionally.
A new study looked at the impact of the pandemic on sleep and mental health among the general population and health care workers by analyzing 55 studies involving nearly 19...
As scientists have labored to understand COVID-19 and develop a vaccine to combat it, interest in infectious disease careers seems to be growing.
Academic leaders from the United States and Israel have noted the increased interest among medical students.
"We just went through an applications season for fellows, and we had more applicants than in recent years," said Richard D'Aquila,...
Chronic pain can be excruciating, debilitating and hard to describe.
Yet the best way to get the right treatment for the exact pain you're experiencing is to put those symptoms into words, so your doctor can pinpoint a diagnosis and help you find relief.
The Arthritis Foundation created a guide with suggestions for communicating your discomfort. Included are questions ranging from...
If you have a choice, you might want to avoid having an operation on your surgeon's birthday.
A new study finds that seniors who have emergency surgery on their surgeon's birthday have a much higher risk of dying in the following weeks.
Researchers analyzed data on nearly 981,000 emergency surgeries performed on Medicare beneficiaries by about 48,000 surgeons between 2011 and 2014. ...
Repeat this: The key to helping people with diabetes stay healthier and out of the hospital could be as simple as better communication.
And an underutilized technique called "teach-back" may make a big difference for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, a new study finds.
It's a simple concept: After a health care provider explains various details on treatment plans, medications a...
Heart disease risk increases in women as they near menopause, so it's crucial to monitor their health and take preventive measures as needed, a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement says.
"Over the past 20 years, our knowledge of how the menopause transition might contribute to cardiovascular disease has been dramatically evolving," Samar El Khoudary, chair of the writ...
- Robert Preidt
- November 30, 2020
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Children should be included in COVID-19 vaccine trials at the earliest possible stage, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians says.
If that's not done, youngsters' lives could be at risk, according to the 67,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
"If we do not add children to these research trials very soon, there will be a significant delay in when children are able to ac...
- Robert Preidt
- November 20, 2020
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Prescribing antibiotics for viral respiratory infections increases the risk of future infections and more antibiotic prescriptions, a new study warns.
Antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from a U.S. insurer on more than 200,000 initial visits for acute respiratory infections at 736 urgent care centers nationwide and found th...
- Robert Preidt
- November 13, 2020
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The effectiveness of CPR isn't compromised when EMS crews and others take recommended safety precautions against the new coronavirus, researchers say.
Interim guidance issued by the American Heart Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says health care providers should take extra precautions during the pandemic. That includes using personal protective equipmen...
If Joe Biden becomes the next president, he would have clear and ambitious plans for the nation's health -- expanding the Affordable Care Act, empowering public health agencies to deal with COVID-19, and passing a stimulus bill that would support struggling doctors, hospitals and nursing homes.
The question is how much he'll be able to accomplish with a Senate that remains in the han...
- Dennis Thompson
- November 6, 2020
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Americans saw their doctors for preventive and elective care far less often than usual in the first two months of the pandemic shutdown, according to a new study.
That meant far fewer colonoscopies, mammograms, blood sugar tests, vaccines for infants and toddlers, MRIs and more across the United States, according to RAND, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based nonprofit.
Though telehealth v...
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the United States, many people changed the way they live: As shopping, education and work shifted online, so did routine health care appointments.
However, while telemedicine seemed to make it easy to check in with a primary care doctor, a new study suggests that wasn't the case for everyone.
Researchers found that certain patients with con...
Patients with chronic health problems don't need to put off seeing their doctors in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, that could lead to other health problems, according to an expert from Rutgers Center for State Health Policy at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, in New Jersey.
In a news release from Rutgers, assistant research professor An...
Dr. Brad Cotton enjoyed working on the front lines as an emergency room doctor. Yet in March, as the coronavirus pandemic burst through the doors at hospitals across the world, Cotton left that more dangerous work behind.
"I left emergency medicine because that was much higher risk. I'm actually still working full time for urgent care, but the urgent care -- as we have it structured -...
- Cara Roberts Murez
- October 13, 2020
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Four in 10 health care workers who test positive for COVID-19 don't have symptoms, which means they could unknowingly spread the disease to co-workers and patients, researchers say.
For the new study, the research team reviewed 97 studies that included more than 230,000 health care workers in 24 countries. Rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection among the health care workers ranged from 7% ...
- Robert Preidt
- September 23, 2020
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Parents who choose to forgo or delay their children's vaccinations may quickly find themselves without a pediatrician.
Just over half (51%) of pediatric offices in the United States have a policy to dismiss families that refuse childhood vaccines, a nationwide survey found. Thirty-seven percent of pediatricians themselves said they often dismissed families for refusing vaccines, ...
- Serena Gordon
- September 15, 2020
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Nearly 6 in 10 people who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest sought medical help in the previous two weeks, a new study finds.
Cardiac arrest is fatal within minutes if untreated, and less than 10% of victims survive.
"The high mortality from cardiac arrest in the community emphasizes the need to identify those at risk," said study author Dr. Nertila Zylyftari, ...
More older Americans have been seeing their doctors virtually since the pandemic began than ever before, a new poll finds.
During the first three months of the pandemic, one in four patients over 50 years of age used telehealth -- way up from the 4% who did so in 2019.
Comfort levels with telemedicine have also risen, the researchers said. In 2019, most older people ha...
- Steven Reinberg
- August 20, 2020
- Full Page
Children can now be vaccinated by pharmacists in all 50 states as the U.S. government seeks to prevent a decline in routine vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic.
While 28 states already allowed pharmacists to vaccinate children, the directive announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will temporarily override restrictions in 22 states starti...
Virtual medical visits have been invaluable for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, but older adults may still need help managing them -- especially if they are hard of hearing.
That's according to doctors at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore. Writing in the Aug. 11 Annals of Internal Medicine, they offer some practical advice on navigating "telemedicine."
The coronavirus pandemic has fueled big increases in video visits between patients and doctors, but older Americans haven't easily taken to the trend, a new study finds.
More than one-third of those over 65 face difficulties seeing their doctor via telemedicine -- especially older men in remote or rural areas who are poor, have disabilities or are in poor health.
At the peak of the pandemic in the United States and United Kingdom, frontline health care workers, especially minorities, had much higher risks for COVID-19 than other individuals, a new study finds.
Paramedics, who are often the first to see sick patients, are at far greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than others, the researchers said. That's especially true for frontlin...
Telemedicine has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the United States on track to log more than 1 billion virtual doctor visits by the end of 2020, experts say.
But how important will telemedicine remain to U.S. health care after the pandemic becomes just a bad memory?
These sort of technology-based visits are expected to assume a permanent place moving forward, sai...
The coronavirus pandemic has left many U.S. emergency doctors with high levels of anxiety and emotional exhaustion, a new study finds.
The research included 426 emergency doctors (median age: 35) in seven cities in California, Louisiana and New Jersey who were surveyed during the early stages of the outbreak.
The doctors reported having moderate to severe anxiety at work and...
Aerosol boxes meant to protect health care workers when they intubate COVID-19 patients may actually increase their exposure to airborne virus particles, an Australian study warns.
Intubation is done when patients are placed on a ventilator.
Aerosol boxes have been touted as a quick, simple way to protect workers, but their effectiveness and safety were never clinically test...
The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up America's approach to addiction treatment, but the fallout hasn't been all bad, experts say.
In-person support meetings either aren't happening or have been severely curtailed, and addiction centers are facing financial ruin because folks are too afraid of the coronavirus to seek treatment.
But paradoxically, people might have better acces...
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, nearly 50% of Americans have used technology to communicate with their doctors, a new study finds.
But less than one-quarter have talked with their doctors about using health information technology, the researchers found.
"The results of our statewide survey indicate patients are using health information technology," said researche...
Three major medical groups are urging Americans to wear face masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the United States.
In an open letter to the public released Monday, the groups noted that stay-at-home orders and other social distancing policies curbed the spread of COVID-19 in the spring.
"But in the weeks since st...
Despite the existence of conventional medications to manage multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, a majority of patients also rely on alternative therapies, including vitamins, exercise and marijuana, a new survey suggests.
For the study, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland asked MS patients if they used "complementary and alternative therapies" -- medicines a...
Huge declines in patient visits during the coronavirus pandemic have slashed U.S. primary care doctors' revenues, a new study finds.
As a result of decreases in office visits and fees for services from March to May during the pandemic, a full-time primary care physician will lose an average of more than $65,000 in revenue in 2020.
Overall, primary care practices nationwide s...
Wondering whether stay-at-home advisories mean you should skip your child's check-up? According to one pediatrician, parents should keep their kids' regular health appointments during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I'm having these conversations every day with my patients," said Dr. Mona Patel, an attending physician in the division of general pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles...
A ruptured appendix is one medical emergency that a general surgeon colleague of Dr. Jacqueline Fincher hadn't treated for more than 15 years in their small town of Thomson, Ga.
That's because the signs and symptoms of appendicitis are so well-known that nearly everyone gets to the hospital well before an inflamed appendix has a chance to burst.
If there is one thing that recent police brutality protests have demonstrated, it is that life for black people in America is steeped in stress.
And while it might seem logical to assume that all that stress would translate into higher rates of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, that doesn't seem to be the case -- at least not when actual diagnoses are tallied.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many doctors' offices and clinics have made changes to protect patients, care providers and staff.
As an example, here's what's being done at Penn State Health.
"When our patients first call to schedule an appointment at any of our offices, outpatient clinics or centers, they'll be screened for COVID-19," said Dr. Matthew Silvis. He's...
Back before coronavirus took over the headlines, every week seemed to bring another report about artificial intelligence besting human doctors at everything from diagnosing skin cancer to spotting pneumonia on chest X-rays.
But these artificial intelligence (AI) tools -- computer programs that get better at performing a task by being "trained" on the right kind of data -- are years aw...
A letter signed by nearly 1,300 public health professionals, infectious diseases professionals and community stakeholders says fear of COVID-19's spread is no excuse to stop people from joining police brutality protests in cities across America.
Instead, it supports the anti-racist demonstrations and suggests ways that demonstrators can limit their risk of infection.
In a possible harbinger of future mental health problems among doctors working during the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows the levels of depression, anxiety and fear jumped among young doctors in China treating COVID-19 patients.
Chinese and American researchers found that for more than 380 medical residents in Shanghai, their mental woes were greater than among last year's f...
Most people around the world say they would continue to work if they had flu-like symptoms, an online survey finds.
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers called the findings disturbing.
The survey -- conducted online between October 2018 and January 2019, before the emergence of COVID-19 -- included responses from 533 workers in 49 countries. Respondents inclu...
The coronavirus pandemic has led many older adults to postpone medical care, a new survey finds.
The University of Chicago survey found that 55% of U.S. adults aged 70 and older experienced a disruption in their medical care during the first month of social distancing.
Thirty-nine percent put off non-essential care and 32% delayed primary or preventive care since s...
Dr. Rachel M. Bond has seen the difference black cardiologists can make.
She recalls the time she volunteered to give a brief talk at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn, New York. Many of the members, she said, had untreated heart problems - because they'd felt physicians didn't understand them or take them seriously.
"After that meeting, you would be surprised how m...
Many health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are struggling with sleep, a new study finds.
The researchers also found that those with insomnia were more likely to have depression, anxiety and stress-based trauma.
The study included nearly 1,600 health care workers who completed an online questionnaire between January 29 and February 3 at the peak o...
Doctors and nurses are trained to deal with life-and-death situations, to be calm in the face of crisis. But whether it's in hard-hit New York or places where COVID-19 has yet to surge, medical workers say the pandemic is straining their mental health like nothing before.
"The stress is probably 100 times what you could have imagined it was in the past," said Judy Davidson, a nurse s...
The COVID-19 pandemic has added to already high stress levels in emergency rooms, a social psychologist says.
"ER providers are on the front line of this pandemic, and stress, anxiety and anger are increasing," said Linda Isbell, a professor of psychology at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
"As we all face anxiety about the fallout of this pandemic, anger about a healt...
Many surgeons have neck and back pain after performing operations, a small new study finds.
It included 53 surgeons (34 men and 19 women) who did 116 operations at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. They wore devices that measured neck, back and arm posture during surgery, and were asked about pain and fatigue levels before and after.
Pain increased after surgery in every body area...