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Should Consumers be Allowed to Order their Own Lab Tests?

BI-AB170_LABtop_9U_20160406171207More and more Americans are taking control of their health by ordering their electronic records from their doctors so they can keep track of them, and more easily discuss them with them with their doctors. Part of this movement includes the relatively recent availability of lab testing to consumers. Is this a good development in the field of health? Or is it disastrous?

According to recent surveys, consumers strongly believe the decision to order lab tests should be available to them, and that results should go to both the patient, and the doctor. Some physicians are less sure.

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Video: The Physician-Patient Relationship in the Era of Digital Medicine

How do you utilize technology to improve the doctor/patient relationship? Is your practice prepared to meet patients where they are (on their smart phones and online?). Watch this 13-minute video with Warren Wiechmann for a look at how technology can impact the physician/patient relationship.

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About Warren Wiechmann

Warren Wiechmannhas served since 2010 as the Associate Dean of Instructional Technologies at UC Irvine, responsible for directing the School of Medicine’s iMedEd Initiative. The iMedEd Initiative is a comprehensive digital overhaul of the medical school curriculum that uses the iPad as the centerpiece for curricular innovation read more…

Infographic from Council for Responsible Nutrition: The Dietary Supplement Consumer

Who do supplement users trust to get recommendations and information on supplements from? How do they make purchasing decisions? What demographic groups are more likely to use supplements? Why do they use them?

Answers to these questions can be very helpful in your practice as you recommend, and possibly sell, supplements to your patients. See Council for Responsible Nutrition’s compelling infographic for more information on the habits of dietary supplement consumers.

Infographic from Council for Responsible Nutrition. See www.crnusa.org/consumersurvey for more.

The Dietary Supplement Consumer: The 5 W’s answered about the more than two-thirds of U.S. adults taking dietary supplements, according to the most recent annual survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).  read more…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Slide Show

A short presentation covering the various benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil read more…

Can Long-Distance Travel be Deadly?

Isaac Eliaz, M.D., L.Ac., M.S.

As the spring season approaches, many people start to plan vacations. If you are going far however, it is important to know the risks involved with long-distance travel. Researchers found that long-distance travel can raise your risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) by as much as three-fold. In addition, risk increases according to the duration of your trip—by 18 percent for every two hours of any kind of travel, and 26 percent for every two hours of air travel—even if you are otherwise healthy. read more…

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