20 reasons why patients should see more of you.

21 Reasons Why Visiting the Doctor More Often is So Important It’s impossible to know when you’re going to get sick or injured, no matter how cautious you are. But, there are plenty of health problems you can prevent, detect or improve by visiting your doctor on more regularly. How Often People Visit Doctors Most people don’t visit the doctor nearly as often as they should. According to a Household Economic Studies report put out in 2013, the average number of doctor visits annually by a working-age adult in 2010 was 3.9. This is down from the average of 4.8 visits […]

Should You “Fire” a Patient Who Won’t Cooperate with Their Treatment Plan?

Determining whether or not to “fire” a patient is a notoriously difficult decision for doctors in every type of practice. You are so busy, patients who don’t seem to care about their own well-being can feel frustrating and a waste of your time. Even though it’s generally considered a last-resort option, there are times when informing a noncompliant patient that they should seek care elsewhere is ultimately the best choice for both you and the patient. Why Noncompliance Is a Big Deal

Why Physician Burnout Affects Patient Care

Like an engine with a bad wire that isn’t able to fire on all cylinders, physician burnout has the potential to drag down the performance of even the most committed and energized health care professionals. Consequences of burnout may ripple outward to include critical aspects of patient care. The Lancet, JAMA, the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic, among others have reported the importance of a work life balance, research important to both physicians and patients alike.  Cartoon credit to Rob Rogers, 2012, reprinted from The Chest Journal  What Is Physician Burnout? Physicians, like people in other demanding professions, are susceptible to a […]

#MDLinkUp Twitter Chat Summary: Flu Vaccine

Since our first live #MDLinkUp Twitter Chat went so well we decided to hold a second session on flu vaccines at @MDLinx on September 22, 2016. With the flu season quickly approaching, many patients have similar questions for their physicians. We wanted to address some of them by going straight to the medical community. For those who aren’t aware, a Twitter Chat is a live, public Twitter conversation centered on one unique topic and a related hashtag. This hashtag allows users to follow the discussion and participate in the conversation. Using the #MDLinkUp hashtag we facilitated a conversation with our followers to tackle some basic questions about […]

Where do you stand with your physical activity goals?

Now that spring is here, you have to ask yourself a question: Are you active enough? Were you among the group of adults in the United States who met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity? In an assessment of physical activity done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the National Health Interview Survey, respondents were considered to be meeting aerobic activity guidelines if they reported moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 150 minutes of leisure-time activity per week, vigorous-intensity physical activity for ≥75 minutes of leisure-time activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate-intensity […]

Is the flu season over in your area?

The influenza season continues to abate but remains slightly elevated as April ends, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report points out that while flu activity has peaked nationally for this season, some parts of the country are still experiencing widespread flu activity and an increasing proportion of influenza B viruses have been detected. Second waves of influenza B activity occur during many flu seasons, they explained. Flu activity is expected to continue for a number of weeks. Six pediatric deaths were reported this week, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths attributed […]

Abuse of Opioids and Heroin Reaching Epidemic Levels

With the United States Senate passing of the bipartisan Stopping Medication Abuse and Protecting Seniors Act (See Washington Report, March 3, 2016), which is designed to cut down on inappropriate access to opioids, improve patient care for at–risk beneficiaries, and save taxpayers money, it is more than clear that abuse of opioids and heroin has become a serious problem in the US.   A recent report, published March 1, 2016 on the American Association for Clinical Chemistry website, discusses the dramatic increase in heroin and painkiller use in the Cincinnati, Ohio area prompting a neonatologist at Cincinnati Children’s Perinatal Institute […]

See What You Missed at January Medical Conferences

In the last month, MDLinx editors covered a number of interesting and cutting edge conferences, including gastrointestinal cancer, cancer survivorship, and genitourinary cancer. Here are a few of the highlights from those conferences. The 2016 Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium was held in San Francisco, CA January 21-23, 2016. According to one study, during the past 10 years in the United States, the use of neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (NACRT) before surgery in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer has substantially increased, but only 50% of these patients currently receive standard therapy as recommended by national guidelines. Moreover, tri-modality therapy was associated with […]

Rising Mortality in Middle-Aged White Americans: What Can Doctors Do?

You’ve probably seen the headlines or read the study. Death rates are rising among lower income middle-aged white Americans while death rates in all other demographics are declining. The projected number of lives lost since 1999—more than half a million—is comparable to the current number of deaths due to the AIDS epidemic, the authors wrote. What’s causing these deaths? Suicides, drug/alcohol overdoses, and chronic liver diseases/cirrhosis. All three causes increased year-on-year after 1998. “Although all education groups saw increases in mortality from suicide and poisonings, and an overall increase in external cause mortality, those with less education saw the most […]