Primary Care

A great new review and recommendations about PSA testing

2018-09-26T14:00:15+00:00

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 a false positive result, leading to a whole host of nasty potential complications including impotence [...]

A great new review and recommendations about PSA testing 2018-09-26T14:00:15+00:00

Prostate cancer screening is complicated, mostly still unwise

2018-05-20T13:48:37+00:00

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 that resulted in potentially dangerous medical medical procedures with some gnarly complications. If you find the [...]

Prostate cancer screening is complicated, mostly still unwise 2018-05-20T13:48:37+00:00

Adopting five healthy lifestyle habits increases longevity by more than a decade

2018-05-01T21:53:05+00:00

Adopting five healthy lifestyle habits increases longevity by more than a decade A major free article in Circulation shows that by avoiding smoking or excessive drinking, maintaining a normal weight, exercising at least half an hour a day, and eating a healthy diet can substantially increase how long you live. At age 50, women without any of these healthy [...]

Adopting five healthy lifestyle habits increases longevity by more than a decade 2018-05-01T21:53:05+00:00

Heavy metals and other toxins found in popular protein powders

2018-04-24T17:39:11+00:00

A report in Consumer Reports describes a new study shows that many of the top-selling powders and drinks may contain concerning levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead, and toxins like bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastic containers and food can liners. These substances have been linked to cancer, [...]

Heavy metals and other toxins found in popular protein powders 2018-04-24T17:39:11+00:00

Do you need a primary physician? Why?

2018-04-24T17:43:02+00:00

A gathering storm I've been seeing more stories in the news about problems with primary care. For example, since the new universal health insurance law took effect in Massachusetts, so many new patients are looking for doctors that primary physician shortages have made it impossible to get care. And for physicians who accept managed care, [...]

Do you need a primary physician? Why? 2018-04-24T17:43:02+00:00