Health care costs have grown faster than the U.S. economy for most of the past 50 years. Costs are on a trajectory to account for nearly 20 cents out of every $1 spent by 2020. Therefore, it was a stunning development when the Congressional Budget Office estimated Medicare spending would be $1,000 lower per beneficiary … Continue reading Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending
Breaking a hip is life changing, both for patients and families. But there are many options available to patients who suffer from a hip fracture. Though older people are at higher risk of hip fracture due to weakened bones (osteopenia or osteoporosis) or balance issues, broken hips can happen to anyone. According to the Centers for … Continue reading What you need to know about a broken hip
A trauma intensive care unit (ICU) is often a place that families hope they will never have to visit, but are grateful for it when needed. ICUs are specially equipped units that provide highly specialized care to patients who suffer from a serious injury or illness. As a family member or friend of someone with … Continue reading What to expect in the trauma ICU
Dogs have long been considered man’s best friend, and for good reason. The furry friends have a way of turning a frown upside down faster than you can say, “Go fetch!” They have an innate ability to warm the heart, so it only makes sense that these canine companions be incorporated into our healing processes. … Continue reading Animal Assisted Therapy: Patient Care Courtesy of Canines
Ah , summer: A time for hiking, biking, picnicking and, for the many people living with asthma, concern. But an asthma diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the great outdoors. Stay active and safe by following these tips from Mark Millard, M.D., a pulmonologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical … Continue reading Dealing with Asthma: Breathe Easy
“The biggest thing I think is that it seems like people say it’s something ‘that happens to the other guy, to my neighbor, or on the news’.” “The good thing is that like other diseases, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing a trauma such as focusing on the … Continue reading If You’re Distracted, We’re Impacted!