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Using Decision Aids During the Office Visit to Improve Patient Satisfaction

Involving patients in decisions about their own health care by using decision aids - tools designed to help people better understand the risks and benefits of different options - during the patient-physician consultation appears to improve patient satisfaction and involvement.

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Consumers Warned Against Ayurvedic Medicinal Products

Health Canada is reminding consumers who choose to use unapproved Ayurvedic medicinal products that some of these products may contain high levels of heavy metals. Consumption of excessive amounts of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, pose serious health risks because they may accumulate in vital organs of the body. Children are most susceptible to the toxic effects of heavy metals.

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Spring Into Sunny Weather But Stay Sun Safe

As the weather grows warmer, people's thoughts turn to outdoor activities and enjoying the sunshine. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute physicians and nurses are encouraging people, when they are outside, whether they are spending a day at the beach or a few hours working in their yard, to be aware of the dangers of overexposure to the sun and to practice sun safety.

Prevention and early detection are critical to reducing the dangers of skin cancer and melanoma.

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Patients Often Don't Take What Doctor Ordered

Patients often do not take the medicines their doctors prescribe, and a new review of existing research suggests that there is no proven way to get them to follow directions for long periods.

"Simple things don't work and nothing works very well," said review lead author Dr. R. Brian Haynes of the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario.

Still, doctors can achieve limited success by trying a number of approaches such as sending reminders to patients and following up with phone calls.

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Patients Often Don't Take What Doctor Ordered

Patients often do not take the medicines their doctors prescribe, and a new review of existing research suggests that there is no proven way to get them to follow directions for long periods.

"Simple things don't work and nothing works very well," said review lead author Dr. R. Brian Haynes of the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario.

Still, doctors can achieve limited success by trying a number of approaches such as sending reminders to patients and following up with phone calls.

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Evaluating Internet Medical Info Requires Caution

The vast quantities of medical information available on the Internet can be overwhelming to a patient searching for reliable health information. As more people use the Internet to research medical conditions and self-diagnose, a new kind of patient is emerging, one known in medical circles as the "Cyberchondriac."

Although it is increasingly easy to access medical web sites from your own home and natural to worry about your personal health, it's difficult to distinguish the good information from the bad, and important to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor.

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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Says 40000 Patient Data Missing

A Federal investigation and a NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital internal audit have uncovered the possible theft of personal identity information, including names, phone numbers, and in some cases social security numbers, of approximately 40,000 hospital patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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Hospitalcompare.hhs.gov Helps Patients Shop For Optimal Hospital Care

The CMS, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today posted new survey information at the Hospital Compare consumer Web site Hospitalcompare.hhs.gov offering consumers more insight about the hospitals in their communities.

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