I've long been a skeptic of routine testing of the prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, in most men. Yes, it's a simple little blood test, and sometimes an elevated PSA reading shows you have prostate cancer. But PSA screening most often produces [...]
I often rave about vox.com's superb coverage of health issues. Here's another great Vox article about Dr. Sarno's revolutionary approach to treating low back pain. Highly recommended.
Traditional treatments for low back pain are coming under increasing scientific scrutiny to see if they're safe and effective. They aren't doing well. A New York Times article today describes some of the horrific consequences of poorly trained physicians doing epidural steroid injections ("cortisone [...]
Previous research was unclear whether acupuncture helps chronic pain. Two new analyses have reviewed new studies demonstrating that acupuncture does indeed relieve chronic pain in many. It may also help with opiate addiction. I've prescribed acupuncture for decades and find that roughly [...]
Vox.com has frequently published terrific articles on medical care. This post is no exception: 100 Million Americans Have Chronic Pain. Very Few Use One of the Best Tools to Treat it. The article describes the proven effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and [...]
Prostate cancer screening is complicated, mostly still unwise The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) just updated its 2012 recommendation against routine screening for prostate cancer. Previously the USPSTF recommended against routine screening because of the high risk of false positive results [...]