How to Choose the Right Doctor

Choosing the right doctor is one of the most important health decisions you’ll make.It’s hard to find reliable information about specific doctors. EZDoctor.com offers the most comprehensive reports available online for doctors. 

Here are some things you should know before selecting a physician

Contact information, Locations and Gender. Having a doctor’s contact information and gender will allow you to know their location and how convenient it will be to see this doctor.

License Information. It is important to know if your doctor is licensed to provide the care that you need.

Education. To learn more about your physician’s background EZDoctor Reports contain information regarding where they studied, graduation date, board certifications, as well as their internship, residency and fellowship. This will help you make an educated decision regarding your doctor’s training and ability.

Hospital Affiliations/Privileges.  Its common practice for a doctor to have their office in one location and perform treatment in a separate location. For example, you could go to a doctor’s office for a consultation regarding your knee and that doctor might provide treatment and/or surgery at a hospital that he is affiliated with or has privileges. By having this information before hand, it can help you in deciding whether this doctor would be the most convenient for you.

Procedure Pricing Information. When taking care of any health concern, one of the main things we consider is the cost associated with any procedures that might be necessary. An EZDoctor report will display an average charge for procedures performed by the physician you are reviewing.

Patient Referral Summary.  Primary care physicians, when needed, refer patients to a specialist. Especially when they face a diagnosis that is beyond their Scope of Practice. With an EZDoctor report you will see the  physicians referral pattern.

Pricing/Prescribing Habits. Is your  doctor more likely to prescribe a name brand versus a generic drug? Despite your preference, by seeing a breakdown of the most common prescriptions a physician orders you can get a clear view of his prescribing tendencies and average price per prescription.

Disciplinary Actions. Finding out if a physician has been sanctioned or not by a state medical board can be very useful when it comes to selecting a doctor to visit. Equally important is to know  what those infractions were related to.

Criminal Offenses. While federal criminal records are not available to the public, EZDoctor reports include state government records that indicate whether a physician has ever been charged or convicted of a crime. Allowing you to have this information prior to any consultation and/or treatment.

Malpractice Claims. You have the right to know if your physician has been involved in any incidents regarding his medical care. From surgical and medication errors to misdiagnoses, EZDoctor will provide the information you need.

Patient Reviews. It’s always good to know what other patients are saying about a physician. EZDoctor reports collect patient reviews from multiple sources.

You can find all the information you need on a physician by obtaining an EZDoctor Report. Go to ezdoctor.com now to get started! 


5 Reasons Why You Feel Tired Every Day


1. Anemia

The fatigue caused by anemia is the result of a lack of red blood cells, which bring oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and cells. You may feel weak and short of breath. Anemia may be caused by an iron or vitamin deficiency, blood loss, internal bleeding, or a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or kidney failure. Women of childbearing age are especially susceptible to iron-deficiency anemia because of blood loss during menstruation and the body's need for extra iron during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Fatigue is a major one. Others include extreme weakness, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration, rapid heartbeat, chest pains, and headache. Simple exercise, such as climbing the stairs or walking short distances, can cause fatigue.

2. Thyroid Disease

When your thyroid hormones are out of whack, even everyday activities will wipe you out. The thyroid gland, about the size of the knot on a man's tie, is found in the front of the neck and produces hormones that control your metabolism. Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), and metabolism speeds up. Too little (hypothyroidism), and metabolism slows down.

Hyperthyroidism causes muscle fatigue and weakness, which you may notice first in the thighs. Exercises such as riding a bike or climbing stairs become more difficult. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, feeling warm all the time, increased heart rate, shorter and less frequent menstrual flows, and increased thirst. Hyperthyroidism is most commonly diagnosed in women in their 20s and 30s, but it can occur in older women and men too. Hypothyroidism causes fatigue, an inability to concentrate, and muscle soreness, even with minor activity. Other symptoms include weight gain due to water retention, feeling cold all the time (even in warmer weather), heavier and more frequent menstrual flows, and constipation. Hypothyroidism is most common in women over age 50; in fact, as many as 10% of women past 50 will have at least mild hypothyroidism.

3. You skip exercise when you're tired

Skipping your workout to save energy actually works against you. In a University of Georgia study, sedentary but otherwise healthy adults who began exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes at a time reported feeling less fatigued and more energized after six weeks. Regular exercise boosts strength and endurance, helps make your cardiovascular system run more efficiently, and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. 

4. Depression

We don't all experience depression in the same way. But commonly, depression can cause decreased energy, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, problems with memory and concentration, and feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and negativity. 

5. You don't drink enough water

Being even slightly dehydrated—as little as 2% of normal fluid loss—takes a toll on energy levels. Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, which makes the blood thicker. This requires your heart to pump less efficiently, reducing the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach your muscles and organs. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day.

 

Source: Prevention, Skinny Mom

Heat Safety Awareness


Dangerous Heat Injuries 

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat- related illnesses.

Heat Stroke: 
Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanently disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
 
Recognizing Heat Stroke:
  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally).
  • Red, hot and dry skin ( no sweating).
  • Rapid, strong pulse.
  • Throbbing headache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nausea.
  • Confusion.
  • Unconsciousness.
Actions Include: 
  • Take victim to the hospital.
  • Move the victim to a cooler environment.
  • Bathe or sponge with cool water.
  • Do not give fluids.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms:
  • Heavy Sweating.
  • Weakness.
  • Cold and/or pale clammy skin.
  • Thready pulse.
 Actions include: 
  • Get the victim out of the sun immediately.
  • Lay the victim down and loosen clothing.
  • Apply cool wet cloths.
  • Give sips of water unless nausea occurs. 
Here are some tips to keep you safe:
  • If possible, stay out of the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. 
  • Stay indoors.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothes.
  • DO NOT leave a child or pet in a parked car.

Doctor Loses License After State Board Rules He Abused Female Patients


A physician formerly practicing with Crystal Run Healthcare was ordered by the New York State Department of Health to surrender his medical license effective Monday, following complaints by female patients that he inappropriately touched them, State records show. 

The state Board for Professional Medical Conduct found that Dr. Nishant R. Nadpara abused three patients between 2008 and 2012. Dr. Nadpara failed to maintain medical records while employed at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Family Practice Clinic in Utica an at Crystal Run. Nadpara 39, of the Village of Florida, practiced family medicine at Crystal Run's Middletown Office from August 2008 to May 2012, where he abused two patients, State records show. 

In one case, the State found, Nadpara abused a female patient on several occasions between June 7, 2011, and May 10, 2012, including hugging, kissing and inappropriately touching the woman. He abused another female patient between August 4, 2011, and March 30, 2011, kissing the patient, rubbing her leg and stroking her hair, the report states. In addition, Nadpara repeatedly called and texted the second patient on her cellphone, "with no legitimate medical purpose," according to the findings. " Immediately after we were informed of a single patient complaint involving Dr. Nishant Nadpara in May 2012, we acted swiftly to suspend him, provide other physicians to care for his patients, refer the matter to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct of the New York State Department of Health for investigation and accepted his prompt resignation," said Dr. Michelle A. Koury, chief operating officer at Crystal Run Healthcare. "He never saw another Crystal Run patient." No charges were brought against Nadpara, according to the state police. 

Source: Times Herald-Record

World IBD Day



Tuesday, May 19, is World IBD Day. This is a day for everyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Stand up, take action, raise awareness and support the 300,000 people in the UK and millions more worldwide living with Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other types of IBD. 

The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn's Disease (often just called Crohn's) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). In both UC and Crohn's parts of the digestive system (the gut), which includes the intestines become sore or inflamed. Crohn's can affect any part of the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. UC affects the colon (large intestine) and rectum.

What are the main symptoms of IBD?
IBD symptoms vary from person to person- and usually over time. IBD is a chronic (long term) disease and if you have IBD, you will probably have periods of good health (remission) and relapses or "flare-ups" when the symptoms get worse. 
The main symptoms are: 
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea (sometimes mixed with blood, especially in Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Tiredness and Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Abscesses and Fistulas (in Crohn's)
  • Swollen Joints, Mouth Ulcers, Eye Problems

Who gets IBD?
Anyone can develop IBD- and at least 261,000* are affected by Ulcerative Colitis (146,000*) and Crohn's Disease (115,000*) in the UK - Although recently published data suggests that this could be as many as 620,000.
The illnesses can occur at any age, but often begin in younger people aged 10-40. Both conditions are found worldwide but are more common in developed countries. 

*Figures published by NICE (2012 and 2013)

What causes IBD? Is there a cure?
Nobody is sure, but researchers and experts believe both Crohn's and UC are caused by a combination of factors, including:
  • Genes
  • An abnormal reaction of the digestive system to bacteria in the intestine
  • An unknown "trigger" or set of triggers that could include: Viruses, other bacteria, diet , stress or something else in the environment. 

Although there is no cure at the moment, a lot can be done with medication and surgery to help keep symptoms under control and to reduce the chance of flare-up. 

Source: crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

Doctor Who Gave Wrong Diagnoses Has Brain Damage



The lawyer for a dutch neurologist convicted deliberately giving inaccurate diagnoses including of Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis to several patients said Monday his client has brain damage that could have affected his actions.
Lawyer Peter Plesman made the claim on the first day of an appeals hearing in the medical malpractice conviction of disgraced doctor Ernst Jansen Steur.

The case is one of the biggest medical malpractice negligence prosecutions in Dutch history. Jansen Steur also practiced in neighboring Germany. The prominent neurologist was convicted last year of harming the mental and physical health of eight patients by treating them for diseases they didn't have. One patient took her own life as a result of false diagnosis, believing that she was in the terminal phase of an illness.
 
Jansen Steur was senteced to three years in prison. He is appealing his convictions and prosecutors are appealing, saying he should be given a longer sentence. Prosecutors sought a six-year prison term at his trial. As well as accusing psychological suffering in patients who believed they had a degenerative neurological disorder, Jansen Steur also prescribed them medication with serious side effects.
Plesman said a car crash 25 years ago left the neurologist with brain damage that has only recently been diagnosed. "My client has been diagnosed with a frontal syndrome," Plesman said. "He and all the people around him are convinced that his behavior has been determined by this, now and in the past."
Jansen Steur, who has also been diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder and was addictive to prescription sedatives at the time of his false diagnoses, did not attend Monday's hearing in the eastern city of Arnhem.

One of his victims cast doubts on the brain-damage claim. "Someone who has suffered brain injury a collision isn't eight years OK, three years not OK and the next eight years fine again. I do not understand this," said Joke Prins, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003. 

Source:  ABC News

What You Should Know Before Surgery.


Before you undergo any type of surgery, cosmetic or medical, it is very important that you know and trust the surgeon. 

Here is some important information you should know before undergoing any type of surgery:

  • Qualifications and Experience. Knowing if your Doctor is board certified is crucial. Board certified means that in addition to the doctor completing years of school, fulfilling residency requirements and passing the examinations required to practice medicine in your state, your specialist participates in an ongoing process of continuing education to keep current with the latest advances in medical science and technology in his or her specialty as well as best practices in patient safety, quality healthcare and creating a responsive patient-focused environment. Certification matters.
  • How long has the surgeon been performing this type of procedure. 
  • Past work on other patients. Seeing the doctor's work on previous patients might give you an idea of how you will look after the procedure. Every doctor is different, you prefer the way one doctor does a procedure compared to others. 
  • How long has the surgeon been performing this type of procedure/How often does the doctor perform this procedure. Ideally, the doctor has done this procedure many times for several years.
  • Malpractice suits-  Incident in where a physician's care did not meet the accepted standards of practice. Some common types of medical malpractice include: misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical error, and medication error.
  • Has the doctor's medical license ever been revoked or suspended?
  • Does the doctor have any hospital privileges? If something goes wrong and you need to be admitted to the hospital, you want your doctor to keep treating you himself, rather than turning you over to another doctor with no prior knowledge of your case.
  • Criminal offenses. If the doctor has ever been convicted of a crime. 
  • What are the risks and complications? 

You can find all the information you need on your surgeon by obtaining an EZDoctor Report. Go to ezdoctor.com now!!! 


 


'Pollen Tsunami'



It is an unusually concentrated period of extremely high pollen counts in the air, and its spreading to many parts of the country at this time.
The term, coined by U.S allergist Dr. Clifford Basset, is the result of the delayed onset of spring in the northeast. The usually staggered pollen production of different plants was stalled, and instead started the same time

Survival tips:
1- Use air conditioning. 
2- Exercise indoors.
3- Wear hat and sunglasses when outdoors.
4- If you live in the suburbs, don't hang clothes out to dry. 
5- Wash your face after going outdoors.
6- Keep pollen-laden clothing out of bedroom.
7- Keep floors clean.
8- Consider "air-cleaning" indoor plants like English ivy or bamboo palm.
9- Shower every night. Rinse the pollens that have collected on your skin and hair throughout the day. 
10-Use baby shampoo to gently irrigate your eyelids (eyes closed) to remove allergens and pollutants.
11-If there is any green pollen that lands on your porch, don't sweep, hose it down.

Mistakes Patients Make About Their Healthcare




When it comes to medical appointments, patients have a lot to retain (follow up visits, medication indications, discharge instructions, etc) therefore, patients tend to forget or make some mistakes before, during and after their doctor's visit. These are the six most common mistakes that patients make about their healthcare: 

  1. Don't take medications as indicated.- Some patients forget what medications they are taking and when they are suppose to take them. It could be that the patient either did not understand or did not listen to the doctors indications. 
  2. Not following up with their doctors. Patients should always follow up after a test or procedure. Patients often assume that if they haven't heard from the doctor's office after a procedure or test, it means the results are good. 
  3. Not keeping track of past medical procedures, vaccinations, tests. This is a common problem for patients across the board regardless of their age, gender or background. Patients simply don't remember these past events, and they usually don't keep track or record of them.
  4. Omitting important information or not telling their doctor the full story. - Some patients forget, omit or lie about their medical history , health issues or daily habits out of fear or embarrassment. Omitting important information during a doctor's visit will hinder a doctor's ability to make the best healthcare decisions possible for a patient. 
  5. Patients dont remember medical advice or next steps in their healthcare treatment plan. Patients also tend to forget to write down important information, advice or directions while at the doctor's office. It could be helpful for patients to take a pen and paper to their next visit or ask if its possible for the doctor to print it out for them. 
  6. Not researching enough information on their doctor before an appointment or procedure. Before any procedure or visiting a doctor for the first time it is very important that patients obtain a doctor report of the provider. 

Source: patientadvocatetraining.com 

Brainpower Boosting Foods



We've all had days when we can't seem to concentrate. Luckily, there are some food that have been shown to improve brain function and encourage clarity and focus. Eating well is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health.The brain requires nutrients, just like the heart and muscles.

 Here are some top brain-boosting foods: 

  • Nuts. Though high in fats,nuts contain mostly healthy, unsaturated fats that contribute to brain health. The American Journey of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly.
  • Tomatoes. There is a good evidence that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's. 
  • Broccoli- Broccoli contains vitamin K which is known to enhance cognitive function and brainpower.
  • Olive Oil - Olive il has been considered one of the world's healthiest foods. And it really is! Olive oil is high in brain protective antioxidants, contains essential brain vitamins, increases brain-boosting chemical and reduces the risk of depression. 
  • Sardines - Sardines are packed with EPA and DHA supercharged with omega-3 fatty acids that bolster communications among brain cells and help regulate neurotransmitters responsible for mental focus.
  • Berries (blueberries)- Some researches have shown there's strong evidence that eating berries boosts brain function and may prevent age-related memory loss. The high antioxidants content of berries helps protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals.
  • Coffee- When consumed in moderation, coffee can be extremely healthy for you. Not only has it has been linked to a reduction in developing: type 2 diabetes, basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, prostate cancer, oral cancer,  and the recurrence of breast cancer but it also boosts your brain when combined with a nap.
  • Beets- not only are beets a highly nutritious and "cardiovascular health" friendly vegetable, they also can increase blood flow to the brain with their natural nitrates.