Opiates Kill More People Than Car Accidents (Video)

Opiates are the major cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. In fact, accidental overdoses from opiates kill more people than automobile and other motor vehicle accidents. These drugs include codeine, morphine and heroin. In this video, Dr. Gregory Collins, MD, Section Head of Cleveland Clinic’s Psychiatry and Psychology Department, talks about how easy it … Read More

4 Reasons You Should Go Digital for Health Records

If you’ve noticed your doctors using tablets in the exam room, don’t fret — they’re not playing games or watching Netflix. They’re using electronic health records (EHRs). As of 2013, 78 percent of office-based doctors were using some form of EHR, and paper files are on their way out. You don’t get to choose your … Read More

Do You Trust Your Doctor’s Prescriptions?

When it comes to medications, Americans are skeptical. Many assume their doctors — and expert bloggers on health sites — prescribe or promote certain drugs because pharmaceutical companies pay them to do so. A 2013 Harris Poll showed only 28 percent of Americans think their hospital is trustworthy. A little healthy skepticism is fair. Doctors … Read More

Chinese Herbs Can Be Good Medicine for You

For centuries, China and other Asian countries have embraced herbal therapy. Now America is beginning to see the value of combining Chinese herbs with Western medicine. In 2012, Ohio joined an increasing number of states that license Oriental Medicine practitioners to prescribe herbs like Ginseng, reishi mushroom and astragalus. This is good news for the … Read More

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Fewer Kids Being Prescribed Antibiotics

The over-prescribing of antibiotics for children has been an increasing worry for both parents and health professionals. Fear of side effects and a buildup of resistance to the drugs have caused concern. But a new study shows the number of kids who are getting them for acute respiratory tract infections is going down. Antibiotics can … Read More

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