What To Do When a Doctor Won’t Accept New Patients

The right doctor is out there! You just gotta know where to look.

This post originally appeared on August 20, 2012. It was last updated on August 11, 2017.  We've all found ourselves in need of a primary care doctor: whether you've moved to a new area, your trusted family physician has retired, or the doctor you've been seeing just isn't living up to your expectations. The thought of having to identify ... Read More...

What makes an effective doctor review from a patient?

doctor reviews

Anyone who’s ever researched a product, service, establishment, or provider online knows the frustration of combing through unhelpful, lengthy, and unsubstantial reviews in search of feedback that can be used to make a decision. When it comes to reviews of doctors by their patients, no one is as knowledgeable about the range of information ... Read More...

AMA Designates Obesity a Disease

obesity a disease

Until recently, obesity was viewed as a consequence of an increasingly plugged-in, sedentary culture, the proliferation of over-processed and fast foods, genetic factors, and perhaps environmental factors. It was also seen as a precursor for various chronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. But a ... Read More...

Bug Bites: When To Be Concerned

bug bites

You don't have to be an avid outdoorsman to know what it's like to be bitten by a bug. With insects outnumbering humans by a ratio of 200 million to one (!!), chances are pretty high you've come across more than a few of these critters in your life. Most of us have also experienced bug bites or stings which, most of the time, are completely ... Read More...

Sudden Passing of James Gandolfini Shines Light on Importance of Heart Health

James Gandolfini

Actor James Gandolfini died yesterday at the age of 51 while on vacation with his 13-year-old son in Italy. Best known for his role as Tony Soprano on the HBO hit "The Sopranos," Gandolfini's performance as the conflicted mobster won him fans all over the world, particularly in the home state of both Gandolfini and his character, New Jersey. While ... Read More...

Should Pharmacies Be Required To Print Prescription Labels in Other Languages?

prescription labels

Being able to clearly understand a prescription drug's label is crucial - not just for proper adherence to a treatment plan, but also for safety reasons. The label instructs a patient how much of a drug to take and how often. Deviating from this plan can impede progress, not to mention put a patient at risk for complications. But for many patients, ... Read More...

How Clean Are Public Pools?

public pools

There are few things more refreshing on a hot summer day than taking a dip in a swimming pool. And for those of us who aren't lucky enough to have our own, many towns and municipalities run public pools that are open to all residents. With their water slides, sprinklers, and baby pools, some public pools make visitors feel like they've stepped into ... Read More...

Summer Workouts: Insanity, CrossFit, and Zumba

summer workouts

If you're in denial about the arrival of summer because your body is not yet beach ready, it's time to face that swimsuit head on. It's not too late to shed some weight, tone up, and feel more confident about showing some skin. These three summer workouts are converting couch potatoes to exercise addicts with their distinct approaches to ... Read More...

Celebrity Cleanse Diets

anne hathaway

If someone recommended forgoing food for a day, would you think they were nuts? What about foregoing food for anywhere from three to 14 days? Many celebrity cleanse diets require just that and they're all the rage when it comes to slimming down. Of course, there's more to them than just avoiding solid food. In fact, some plans even allow for one ... Read More...

Men’s Health Month: Health Tests Every Man Should Undergo and When

men's health month

June is Men's Health Month - a month set aside to raise awareness of prevention, detection, and treatment of diseases that affect men and boys. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual appointments and preventative care than men, and men die at a higher rate than ... Read More...