Taking Expense, Unpredictability Out of Healthcare

Americans talk about our healthcare “system.” But it’s not really a system at all. It’s a hodgepodge. We have about 800,000 doctors in the United States. Some doctors work in hospitals. Some work in groups. About 40 percent are on their own. These small-scale practitioners deliver healthcare as kind of a cottage industry: intimate, craftsmanlike, … Read More

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options (Video)

If a biopsy shows that you have prostate cancer, there may be several ways to go with treatment. Some types are potentially 100 percent treatable and curable. Urologist Charles Modlin, MD, talks about the range of options prostate cancer patients have when deciding on treatment, or even if treatment is needed (it may not always … Read More

Flu Shots May Lower Heart Attack Risk

Getting immunized against the flu is a good way to protect yourself from the effects of this seasonal illness. It’s even more important if you have existing cardiovascular disease and are at risk for developing complications. Another good reason to get the flu shot: A recent study supports scientists’ belief that preventing influenza can lower … Read More

5 Tips for Surviving Fall Allergies

The leaves are starting to turn, jackets and sweaters are making their first appearances of the year — and you’re a sneezing, congested mess. If fall means allergy season for you, you can take steps to avoid suffering, says David Lang, MD, Director of the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. From environmental fixes to … Read More

Mattress Shopping: Give Your Back Some Love

When you are shopping for a new mattress, remember that you’ll be spending a lot of time on it over the next few years. Different factors will affect its comfort and also how long it lasts. Up your chances of judging a good mattress in the store by laying on it for at least fifteen … Read More

A Genetic Test You Don’t Need

As a geneticist and researcher, I believe in the power of genetic testing. By identifying genetic mutations, we can improve care and save lives. But just because we can test something doesn’t always mean we should. Take the MTHFR gene, for example. MTHFR codes for an enzyme that helps your body convert homocysteine into an … Read More

Easy, Lighter Corn Bread Recipe

This lighter version of traditional corn bread is low in sugar, uses lighter canola oil and even contains ground flax seed — giving you those heart-healthy omega-3s and fiber without sacrificing any of the flavor. Have it with soup or chili or enjoy it as a snack on its own.  Ingredients ¼ cup canola oil … Read More

Surgery ‘Powerful Tool’ Against Diabetes

In 2012, a Cleveland Clinic study showed diabetic, overweight patients who had bariatric surgery saw significant improvement or remission of their type 2 diabetes. In the study, bariatric surgery — which included gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy — helped patients control their diabetes and greatly reduce dependence on medications, to the point that they … Read More

What to Expect When Diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy (Video)

Robert Hobbs, MD, cardiologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation Medicine at the Heart & Vascular Institute, explains in this whiteboard session how this abnormality of the heart muscle may lead to heart failure. He also provides some visuals to help you understand the difference between a normal heart and dilated, hypertrophic … Read More

What to Expect During a Prostate Biopsy (Video)

A biopsy to test for prostate cancer is a painless, outpatient procedure that only takes an hour or so. Urologist Charles Modlin, MD, talks you through the steps taken during the procedure. Dr. Modlin talks about: The ultrasound procedure that images your prostate How the urologist gets samples of your tissue to be sent to … Read More