Doug Farrago

State of the Medical Union

Last night at the State of the Union address President Obama said, “Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that do the same.  It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom. No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An…

Statins, Diabetes, and Animal House

For those who haven’t heard, a new study has shown that statins (to treat cholesterol) raise the chances of the person, who is taking the medication, of getting diabetes by 50%.  This is the fourth publication to show that.   It looks like a real risk.  Wow.  So, let me get this straight.  The idiots…

Why Primary Care Has A Bright Future

  I have made a new friend. His name is Dave Chase and he is the CEO of Avado.com.   I have been reading his stuff at KevinMD and we have now been emailing each other back and forth as I try to pick his brain.    Here is one of the editorials he wrote…

ER Visits for Dental Issues

The USA Today recently discussed the cost issue of Medicaid patients going to the ER for their dental issues.   This is because many states don’t offer dental care for these people or if they do then few dentists actually offer it.    The article makes the point that the state is paying more in…

Medical Progress by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Medical examinations in 2012 have made the electronic medical record (EMR) one of the main instruments required.  Many times such things as the stethoscope are being ignored.  The EMR is a potent tool and advances our capabilities.  It is, however, still important to realize that it propagates not only facts but errors.  This gives it false…

Beating Alzheimer’s by 2025

Health and Human Services officials gathered recently with other medical experts and stated that the No. 1 goal in the early draft of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.  Good for them.  I love these proclamations that mean nothing.  Don’t get me wrong, I wish they were on…

The 1%…..in Healthcare

Here are some interesting facts that those outside the medical industry might not know.  It appeared in a recent USA Today article.   One percent of Americans accounted for 22% of health care costs in 2009, according to a federal report released Wednesday.  Want more?  Five percent accounted for 50% of health care costs.   They…