Patient control of medical data raises questions for ethics, policy

Guest post courtesy of Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog. Should patients have control of their own medical records? For most patients, the question sounds like a no-brainer: They’re our records. Of course we should! But for health care providers, the answer is more complicated. Should patients be able to conceal pertinent medical […]

Number of moles could mean increased risk for breast cancer, not just skin cancer

Beauty marks. They make you unique. And no doubt, you know where most are on your body. Women especially are familiar with their bodies and are aware of their moles. Now there’s new research that suggests that the more moles on a woman’s body, the greater chance of her developing breast cancer.

The healing power of art?

“If an art installation gets a patient out of his room or paintings take a person’s mind off their pain and lower their stress levels, the art isn’t just decorative anymore. It’s part of the entire model of care,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, internist and chief executive of Eskenazi Health, affiliated with the IU School of Medicine.

Wake up — time for school!

A new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourages middle and high schools to push back start times for the benefit of the students has been receiving a lot of attention this week in social and traditional media. Part of me wonders if later start times would result in more before-school activities.

288,876 — That’s a lot of broken bones

“They’re probably jumping higher, with more force. And believe me, teenagers are risk takers,” Randall T. Loder, M.D., said about trampoline injuries research. “Younger kids may not understand potential outcomes of their actions, but they’re not so much risk takers. Teenagers, they’ll just push the limit.”

Mild dehydration can make me tired?

Ira Means, M.D., suggests we carry a reusable water bottle to encourage ourselves to drink enough water. Read on to find out why it’s so important.

These med students make house calls

On Saturday more than 80 students from the Indiana University School of Medicine will perform yard work and landscaping at 30 homes in Indianapolis for the school’s 19th annual Spring House Calls.

Obamacare and uninsured young adults, a “notable achievement”

With all of the negative media coverage of the bungled roll out of HealthCare.gov, where Americans are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, it can be easy to overlook successes — and Indiana University health policy expert Kosali Simon considers the enrollment of almost a […]

If only over-the-hill trick-or-treaters were a myth

Looking through your children’s Halloween candy for potential hazards makes sense, but any underlying fear of poison or razor blades seems to be misplaced. Health mythbusters and Indiana University Medical School physicians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman say “no evidence of genuine Halloween poisoning can be located.” Carroll and Vreeman have written two books about […]

Sick of traveling or sick ‘from’ traveling: Hotel health tips

My mom, who takes her own bedding to hotels, will find this news reassuring, as in, “I told you so.” Gaylen Kelton, M.D., discusses in Everyday Health some health and safety problems to avoid in hotels, from poor air quality (turning on the air or fan could make it worse) to scalding showers and yes, […]