Making Prescriptions Safer for You

What if a simple blood test could help your doctor predict whether you will experience severe, even life-threatening, side effects from a medication?  Or that the same blood test could help your doctor decide what dosage would be best to use initially? Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Personalized Healthcare is working to make it easier for … Read More

Encourage Mom to See a Doctor (Video)

As your mom gets up in years, Holly L. Thacker, MD, asks that you encourage her to see her doctor regularly for preventive health care. Women should see their physician every year, even when they’re long past the child-bearing stage, for regular screenings, tests and bloodwork. And if your mom suffers from memory loss, please consider going with her to the doctor to help her process the information.

Alzheimer’s Numbers Expected to Triple

The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the next 40 years as baby boomers age, says a new study. Rush University researchers say in 2010 there were nearly 5 million people with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow to nearly 14 million by 2050. What the numbers … Read More

What to Expect After an Abnormal Pap Smear

When doctors want to do a careful evaluation of an abnormal Pap test, they usually recommend a colposcopy. This complicated word really means a fairly simple procedure — examining the cervix in detail with a pair of high-tech binoculars. The whole thing usually takes less than 10 minutes.

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Personalized Healthcare is a Two-way Street

Here’s a pop quiz: When you receive recommendations from your doctor, do you: Follow them completely? Follow some recommendations and disregard others? Follow advice you find online instead? Your answer may vary depending on how you feel about your doctor. But for personalized healthcare — healthcare that is built around you — to be truly … Read More

Top Docs Share 7 Health Resolutions

Seven Cleveland Clinic physicians — from oncology to wellness to orthopaedics — weighed in with their top suggestions for patients’ health in the coming year. Commit to making these physician-recommended resolutions in 2013, and you just may have your healthiest year ever. 1. Get moving Steven E. Nissen, MD, MACC, Chairman of the Department of … Read More

Women in Their 40s: Going Through Those Changes (Video)

Holly L. Thacker, MD, discusses perimenopause, the time in your 40s where you go through many hormonal fluctuations. These can lead to very heavy or skipped periods. You don’t have to suffer from these — there are many treatment options. In your 40s we still do periodic Pap smears and HPV tests, and add other screenings, including diabetes, cholesterol and thyroid, to keep you healthy.