Predictably Unpredictable

The flu continues to be a hot topic of conversation in our state. The latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) show that we had nearly 1,000 confirmed new cases of the flu last week and there have been almost 25,000 cases in the state this season. In addition, officials report we […]

Sticker Shock!

An Arizona man received quite a shock when he opened a recent medical bill. 90 minutes at what he ‘thought’ was an urgent-care clinic and a prescription for the antiviral flu drug Tamiflu cost him a whopping $2,169! From AzCentral.com: Steve Farquhar thought he had sought care at an urgent-care clinic near his Ahwatukee home last month to […]

Double Duty Docs

A new guideline, from health insurer Anthem, could force some eye surgeons to perform double duty in the operating room. And some believe this move may threaten the safety of patients. From Kaiser Health News: If you need cataract surgery, your eye surgeon may have to do double duty as your anesthetist under a new […]

New Research Provides New Hope

The battle against Alzheimer’s may be getting a major boost thanks to a new discovery. Researchers not only slowed the progression of the disease in a recent study….it appears they were able to reverse it! From ABC News: “Remarkable” — that’s how researchers are describing the results of a new study done on mice displaying […]

Has the Flu Met Its Match?

Is it a breakthrough or is it too good to be true? If you haven’t heard yet, a Japanese drugmaker says it has created a pill that can kill the flu virus within 24 hours! Given how difficult this year’s flu season has been, particularly here in Arizona, that claim is certainly an attention-getter. Click on […]

Add This to Your Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list? According to new research just released in The Journal of Palliative Medicine,  odds are you do. In fact, the study shows that nine out of ten people have a bucket list. What’s on the bucket lists can range from places to go and things to see to more practical […]

Arizona’s Fight Against Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month and with that in mind, our guest blog today comes to us from Brian Hummell of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN). Take a look at what Brian has to share and then let us know what you think. Working together with our partners to bring you […]

Health Insurer Under Fire

Aetna’s former medical director admits “he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.” That stunning admission came under oath from Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, who was the health insurance giant’s medical director for Southern California from 2012 to 2015. From CNN.com: California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after […]

The Flu Times 2

So you’ve already battled through the flu this season and you figure that means you can’t get it again. Well, according to a new report on LiveScience.com – just because you’ve had the flu once this year doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one […]