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Urgent Care: Know Before You Go

Urgent or emergency care comprises most of the calls I get from frustrated clients. Due to an accident or sudden illness, the overwhelming urge to jump in a car to find immediate help is overwhelming. Especially with urgent care, it is very important to know what to do when making these health care decisions to […]

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Dealing with Knee Pain

  Trying to walk and stay active with knee pain can make every day a struggle. Any type of joint pain can send us scurrying to see a doctor, but knee agony is one of the prime reasons people go to see an orthopedic surgeon. Yet, in today’s health care world, that visit to the […]

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Supplements: Getting our money’s worth

Many of us (myself included) rely on supplements to keep us healthy and happy. The problem is this: unless the supplement causes harm by having extra ingredients in it, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t step in to regulate them. What to do? Seeing this need and wanting to do something about this, Consumer Labs […]

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Informulary: Prescription information at your fingertips

Have you ever picked up a brand new prescription only to pull out the folded piece of paper that comes with it and tried to read the tiny little print? And while looking at paragraph after paragraph of medical jargon on that drug information insert, wondered what it all meant and if there’s something important there […]

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Book Review: “The Patient, the Doctor and the Bill Collector”

  As an independent patient advocate, I field phone calls and emails from upset, frustrated people who don’t understand their high medical bills that include incomprehensible explanations for the care they received. I deal mainly with people here in the Houston area and I network with my patient advocate colleagues around the country—and all of […]

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Book Review: A Cancer in the Family

A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance by Theodora Ross, MD Health literacy will be the wave of the future as it will become more and more important for patients to partner with their doctors and participate in their health care decisions. I’ve known many people who worried about their own […]

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With a cancer diagnosis, knowledge is power

Following the tragic news reports about the Michigan doctor’s patients being subjected to inappropriate cancer treatments—it’s more crucial than ever for us to educate ourselves to avoid the wrong type of health care. More importantly, understanding how this might have happened and how to find answers will go a long way to help prevent this […]

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Medical Selfies? Good idea!

Last December, I woke up to see my left eyelid so swollen that I looked like I had been punched out by someone. I called my eye doctor, thinking that this was just a really bad eyelid infection or stye (medical term: hordeolum) but wanted a professional opinion. Good thing I went, as it was […]

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Book review – Hopes and Fears Dreams and Tears

When I picked up Dr. Niraj Mehta’s book “Hopes & fears, Dreams & tears”, I expected the usual health care saga—some discussion of modern medicine with a few anecdotes thrown in. Having worked as a medical video writer/producer in the Texas Medical Center, I was constantly asked to develop similarly themed programs with abstract concepts […]

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Breaking Good – Saving Walter White

The series “Breaking Bad” kept TV audiences (including myself) enthralled with all the twists and turns—all fueled by the main character, Walter White, being diagnosed with a terminal cancer that supposedly was only treatable through very expensive means. If only Walter had been able to access the intervention of a patient advocate! Patient advocacy is […]

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