Category: Personalized Healthcare
Prostate cancer treatments: Making the tough choice
Every year, about 300,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with prostate cancer. A man has a 1 in 6 chance of developing this disease in his lifetime. Although most cases of prostate cancer are non-aggressive, there is always a chance that the malignancy can spread to other organs, which makes ongoing surveillance and appropriate... Read More
The Six Key Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Hospital
When an illness or injury means you need inpatient or outpatient care at a hospital, how can you choose the most appropriate medical center? What factors should you consider and what resources can you turn to for help making your decision? Your choice of doctors and hospitals can make a difference in the quality of... Read More
How proactive reviews and updates to your medical record can protect your health
In recent years, the healthcare community has been promoting the benefits of collecting and storing your personal and medical information in electronic medical record systems (EMRs). While you may assume that records your doctor has gathered are accurate and up to date, take note: A recent University of Chicago study indicates that 95 percent of... Read More
Innovative diagnostic tests: The key to personalized healthcare?
Personalized medicine that is tailored to individuals based on their genetic or metabolic profiles rather than disease group, is the next logical step in the evolution of healthcare. Not only does personalizing therapy in this way treat disease more effectively than traditional approaches, it also reduces the likelihood of side effects and wasteful spending. The... Read More
Connecting the dots between measles and cancer treatment
If you or someone you love is living with a malignant disease, you may follow the news about emerging innovative treatments. For example, researchers recently reported that special formulations of measles and polio viruses are powerful enough to kill cancer cells. Does that mean these are the cures we’ve been waiting for? Read More
Personalized medicine delivers more effective cancer treatment
Cancer research is advancing with each passing year, and though no cure has been found yet, the odds of survival increase as more efficient and accurate treatment options are developed. Determining which treatment is most likely to be effective for an individual patient, however, can prove difficult. Read More
Personalized healthcare: How biomarkers lead to more effective drugs
Even though pharmaceutical companies spend several years and billions of dollars developing their products, there is no guarantee that a mass-produced drug will work for every patient. For patients with certain illnesses, a personalized medicine approach to treatment that includes drugs that target aspects of their specific genetic makeup can lead to more effective treatments. Read More
Will the Affordable Care Act mean changes to your private insurance?
To keep you informed about the impact of Affordable Care Act (ACA), this is the second in a series of articles highlighting the ACA’s potential effect on healthcare planning for you and your family. In this post, we focus on the law’s impact on people who had individual or employer-sponsored health insurance before the passage... Read More
How will the Affordable Care Act change Medicare?
Since it was passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare, has been the source of much discussion regarding the future of our healthcare system. To keep you informed, this is the first in a series of articles that will highlight the potential areas of impact on future healthcare planning for... Read More
Is stress making you sick?
The phone is ringing. Your father is ill. Your children need help with their homework. You’re on an impossible work deadline. Just reading this litany is enough to make anyone’s blood pressure rise. While it’s not possible to avoid all stressors, it is possible to learn to manage stress better. Why is stress management important?... Read More