Abusing prescription painkillers in the workplace: Is there a cure?

The statistics are staggering.  Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise and reaching epidemic levels. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 37 percent of the 43,982 drug poisoning deaths in 2013 involved prescription painkillers. And of the 2.5 million ER visits in 2011, more than half were related to prescription drugs. Of [Continue Reading]

Do Hospital Ratings Matter?

Before you check into a hospital, it’s always a good idea to check its record for quality and patient safety.   But decoding hospital score cards is no easy trick.  From U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals to Truven Health’s Top 100 Hospitals to the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score or Consumer Reports’ Health [Continue Reading]

Top 10 Spring Break Safety Tips for Families

Spring is here. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming and kids and parents alike are anticipating a hiatus from the daily grind during Spring Break. While Spring Break is a popular time for family fun, it’s also the season for injuries, blistering sunburns and complications from chronic illnesses that can land you in the ER. [Continue Reading]

What is Supportive Medicine?

What is “supportive medicine?” It’s a term often misunderstood by both healthcare practitioners and patients. Also known as “palliative care,” this medical discipline is revolutionizing the healthcare industry’s approach to the delivery of care to patients with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Supportive care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and [Continue Reading]

What Every Mom-to-be Should Know About Breastfeeding Before She Delivers

  More moms are breastfeeding their infants. And for good reason. Studies continue to show that breastfeeding is still the most nutritious, healthy, economical and environmentally friendly method for mothers to feed their infants.  Not only is it better for infants, but breastfeeding offers many benefits to moms. “I don’t think people realize the long-term [Continue Reading]