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So Much Incorrect Health Information Online
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 13, 2014 | CFAH Staff
How do we know which search results are true and which ones aren't? While you can find high-quality health information online, search results related to nutrition, fitness and preventive health vary widely in quality. And the actions we take (or don't take) as a result of the information we find can be hazardous...

What Does It Take to Get 'Better Living Through Medications' These Days?
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 15, 2014 | Jessie Gruman
Lately, the public's faith in the safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has been making me uneasy. Why do so many of us continue to purchase pills that are not effective in causing weight loss, swallow syrups that promise to cure diabetes, and fiddle with our medication-taking regimens?...

Latest Health Behavior News
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 30, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service
This week in health news: For teens, fighting is bad for the brain | Skeptical elderly turn to home remedies | Bedwetting treatments offer help | Green light for eating and drinking during labor

I Wish I Had Known Earlier...To Cast a Cool Eye on Prognostic and Risk Statistics
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 7, 2013 | Jessie Gruman
For many of us, receiving a cancer diagnosis often includes hearing some statistics about the average or mean survival of people with this stage of this type of cancer. The end of active treatment may arrive accompanied by additional statistics. It is difficult, even for those schooled in the meaning of such numbers, to figure out what they mean for an individual.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Ann Fonfa, President and Founder of the Annie Appleseed Project
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 6, 2013 | Ann Fonfa
To me it’s obvious that Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is a good way to get to meaningful patient outcomes. It compares real things that will make a difference. Right now we have efficacy without effect. In my field we are worried about drug-herb interactions; what about drug-drug interactions? I’m looking forward to CER really drilling down to what works for patients in a meaningful way.

1st Person: At 98, Bob Stewart Would Rather Be Dancing
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 27, 2011 | First Person
Bob Stewart, who will turn 99 this May, began taking supplements in 2000, when he was in his late 80s. The retired podiatrist is also a strong believer in keeping active. He takes exercise classes at least three times a week and participates in numerous community activities, including a local men's chorus.

Prepared Patient: Vitamins & Supplements: Before You Dive In
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 27, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service
At 98 years old, Bob Stewart swears by his dietary supplements as a secret to successful aging. He takes flaxseed and apple cider vinegar pills, along with a Japanese supplement called nattokinase. He has never had a 'bad experience' or side effects, he says. But Betsy McMillan, an Ohio writer, describes her overdose from a vitamin B complex supplement. After a few weeks of taking it'in which she never exceeded the dose recommended on the bottle'her liver began to swell and she was overwhelmed by fatigue. It turned out that the pills contained potentially fatal levels of niacin.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins and Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 23, 2011 | CFAH Staff
The WSJ Health Journal looks at the pros and cons of taking a multivitamin.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins and Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 24, 2011 | CFAH Staff
Consumer Reports warns us to be aware of unregulated dietary supplements and provides some valuable resources for people considering taking supplements or who currently do.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins & Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 2, 2011 | CFAH Staff
Following our most recent Prepared Patient feature article, Dr. Steve Novella of the Science Based Medicine blog and Dr. Oz on The Dr. Oz Show explore a similar issue.

The Conversation Continues: Vitamins & Supplements
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 15, 2011 | CFAH Staff
A new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that half of U.S. adults take vitamins and other dietary supplements.

1st Person: At 98, Bob Stewart Would Rather Be Dancing
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 5, 2011 | First Person
Bob Stewart, who will turn 99 this May, began taking supplements in 2000, when he was in his late 80s. The retired podiatrist is also a strong believer in keeping active. He takes exercise classes at least three times a week and participates in numerous community activities, including a local men's chorus.

Prepared Patient: Vitamins & Supplements: Before You Dive In
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 5, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service
At 98 years old, Bob Stewart swears by his dietary supplements as a secret to successful aging. He takes flaxseed and apple cider vinegar pills, along with a Japanese supplement called nattokinase. He has never had a 'bad experience' or side effects, he says. But Betsy McMillan, an Ohio writer, describes her overdose from a vitamin B complex supplement. After a few weeks of taking it'in which she never exceeded the dose recommended on the bottle'her liver began to swell and she was overwhelmed by fatigue. It turned out that the pills contained potentially fatal levels of niacin.

The Conversation Continues: Rx Side Effects
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 10, 2011 | CFAH Staff

Prepared Patient: Side Effects: When Silence Isn't Golden
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 3, 2011 | Health Behavior News Service
'I had a wonderful gentleman patient who had resistant blood pressure,' recalls Vicki Koenig, M.D., a retired family doctor in Exmore, VA. 'When he came for a blood pressure check on the latest new med and it was great, I was ecstatic. Then he said, 'But I notice my urine's a little dark.' His was one of the first cases of fatal liver complications from this medication.' Medication side effects are common'but when should you speak up?