The Internet has granted us unprecedented access to information about all sorts of things, including common medical ailments. Earlier this year, Google revealed that roughly 1 percent of all its searches (that’s millions of searches) are symptom-related health inquiries. Sites like WebMD have made it easier than ever for people to self-diagnose ailments before visiting Continue Reading..
We might like to think that healthcare in America is some of the best in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s a particularly efficient system. According to the latest figures released by the Bloomberg Health-Care Efficiency Index, America’s healthcare system is one of the least efficient in the world, ranking 50th out of the Continue Reading..
When it comes to people in your life that you trust, your doctor should be on the top of that list. Unfortunately, with rising healthcare costs and changing insurance plans, it can be hard to tell which doctors are really looking out for you, and which ones are trying to make a quick buck. Ask Continue Reading..
This year, nonprofit patient safety organization The Leapfrog Group conducted a nationwide survey of America’s hospitals that graded their safety records based on 30 different metrics including patient injuries, accidents and infections. The hospitals were assigned numerical scores which were later converted into letter grades. In total, more than 2,600 hospitals were graded in the Continue Reading..
Did you know that the average noise level in American hospitals is about 95 decibels? That’s 10 decibels higher than the noise level at which OSHA regulations require companies to provide hearing protection for employees. We might think of hospitals as relatively quiet places, but in practice that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. Continue Reading..
Taking medication to recover from an injury or treat a long-term illness is serious business. According to The Washington Post, almost 60 percent of Americans take prescription drugs each year. These medications can be immensely helpful, but they can also be potentially dangerous. If you forget to take pills at a certain time, mix them Continue Reading..