USPSTF Recommends Annual Lung Screening for High Risk Adults

Adults at high risk of developing lung cancer – especially smokers – should have low-dose CT scans annually, according to new recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force. The panel determined that yearly scans “can prevent a substantial number … Continue reading

Choosing a Provider, Ethics, and Playing Darts Blindfolded

Many of the estimated 27-30 million more people who will gain health insurance coverage in January under the Affordable Care Act will go through a process similar to what I am now experiencing. For several reasons, I must enroll in a new health insurance plan. Selecting a plan was pretty straightforward, thanks to one provision of the […]

More Health Spending Doesn’t Equal Better Health

The United States spends more per capita on health care than other wealthy nations, but still lags behind in life expectancy and overall population health, according to a new study published in this week’s issue of JAMA. Noting a lack of universal health coverage,  study authors concluded: “High costs with mediocre population health outcomes at […]

war on women’s choice continues

Ohio is just the latest in an increasingly long list of states intent on restricting reproductive freedom for half of its population. Gov. John Kasich signed a budget into law last week that cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, requires doctors to perform transvaginal ultrasounds and prohibits public hospitals from transferring patients to clinics that perform […]