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Rae Drazin, Ph.D.
Your Liaison to the Medical World
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Two doctors discuss how informed consent is commonly not-so-well informed, and why bringing an advocate to your appointment is crucial to help you process the information doctors are trying to convey.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/well/live/informed-patient-dont-bet-on-it.html?ref=todayspaper
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Falls are the most common cause of injury seen in emergency rooms in the US. It’s almost inevitable you are going to fall, so you should know how to fall.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/well/move/the-right-way-to-fall.html?ref=todayspaper
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How an Independent Patient Advocate like myself can help you get the most out of a trip to the doctor’s.
1. Help you ask the right questions and bring up the most important issues first.
2. Help you stay focused on why you are there. (Showing the doctor pictures of your children will take away from your appointment time.)
3. Remind you to bring a list (and the actual bottles with the original labels) of all your current medications, including herbal and over-the-counter preparations so that the doctor can ensure that no errors have been made or the pharmacy didn’t make an error.
4. Take notes so that you can concentrate on what the doctor says and have an accurate transcription of the encounter.
5. Remind you to not leave things out, such as symptoms that may or may not be important.
6. Be a source of support when issues are complex and/or anxiety-inducing.
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Prescription medicines are costing more. A novel approach to save money is found in today's WSJ article entitled, "Drugmakers turn cheap generics into expensive pills". The article discusses how a prescription migraine drug, Treximet, costs about $730 for nine pills; yet when each of the two generic drugs that make up this formulation are bought separately, the cost is $19, according to GoodRx.com. For those who can access the entire WSJ article, here it is: http://www.wsj.com/articles/drugmakers-turn-cheap-generics-into-expensive-pills-1477849345
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In an article entitled "You can protect yourself against Superbugs" (Harvard Women's Health Watch), one of the recommendations is to choose animal-based foods that are certified organic. "A lot of antibiotic resistance appears to be driven by the agricultural use of antibiotics as growth enhancers". The "USDA Certified Organic" label on meat, poultry eggs, and dairy products means they come from animals that were not given any antibiotics.
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The discovery of how to build fires gave early humans an evolutionary advantage. But now, two new studies have proposed theories on how negative consequences of fire might have shaped human evolution and development. Take a look at this fascinating article in today's NY Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/science/fire-smoke-evolution-tuberculosis.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0
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Additional benefit from the flu vaccine? A recent study shows that people with Type 2 diabetes who received the flu shot had a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/flu-vaccine-has-added-benefits-for-people-with-diabetes/?ref=todayspaper&_r=0
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