Podcast: Lasik Eye Surgery – What To Expect

This healthcast will introduce you to LASIK surgery for improving your vision and eliminating your lenses or glasses.

You will learn:

  • Who can and can’t have LASIK surgery
  • What problems may arise from LASIK
  • How the surgery is done and what to expect from it

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Podcast: Osteoporosis – Severity, Prevention, and Treatment

This healthcast is an introduction to osteoporosis.

It contains information about:

  • The severity of the problem in the United States.
  • The medical and economic consequences of osteoporosis.
  • The way to prevent and, if necessary, treat osteoporosis.

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Podcast: Thyroid Disease and the Elderly

This healthcast describes the special characteristics of thyroid disease in the elderly.

You will learn:

  • How the signs and symptoms are so different from those in younger patients.
  • The different ways we manage thyroid disease in the elderly.
  • Why radioactive iodine may be better than anti-thyroid drugs in the elderly.

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Podcast: Preventing Heart Attacks With Aspirin

In this healthcast you will discover whether you should take aspirin to protect yourself from a heart attack.

You will:

  • Hear the evidence for and against using aspirin every day.
  • Learn how much aspirin is necessary to protect yourself.
  • Discover how to calculate your risk for a heart attack in the next 5 years.

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Podcast: Advances In Diabetes Care

In this healthcast you will learn about some of the newest and best advances in diabetes care including:

  • Insulin you can inhale instead of injecting
  • A new drug for type 2 diabetes that causes a fall in blood glucose as well as weight
  • A new test that allows you to follow your improvement every two weeks

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Podcast: Screening For Prostate Cancer

This healthcast will help you to sort out all the confusing information about screening for prostate cancer, especially with the prostate specific antigen test.

You will learn:

  • The available tests
  • The advantages and disadvantages of each one
  • What you need to know about prostate cancer, the cancer that is second in deaths in men.

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Podcast: Influenza Part Two – Listener Questions Answered

This healthcast was created by listeners who had all sorts of questions about the dangers of influenza. It represents the best and most universal questions they posed to me.

They ask:

  • Why bother with flu vaccine when it doesn’t protect against the more dangerous form of flu?
  • How do you use the anti-viral drugs and which is best?
  • How much do we need to worry now and in the future about Asian Avian flu?

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Podcast: Influenza – Seasonal Variety vs Asian Avian Flu

In this healthcast, you will learn improtant information about influenza, both the annual “seasonal” variety, and the dangerous new Asian Avian flu.

You will discover:

  • The difference between the two kinds of flu
  • How flu vaccine can protect you from only one kind of flu
  • How anti-viral medication can protect you from both kinds of flu

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Podcast: Medicare Part D – The New Medicare Drug Plan

In this healthcast, you will learn the basics of the new drug plan offered by Medicare to reduce the cost of your medications.

You will discover:

  • How to figure the cost of your medications under the plan
  • Whether to sign up and how
  • How to determine which plan is the one for you

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Podcast: High Blood Pressure and Pregnancy

This healthcast will tell you what you need to know to get through a pregnancy if you have high blood pressure before or during the pregnancy. You will learn:

  • The normal course of blood pressure in a pregnancy.
  • The risks and complications of high blood pressure during a pregnancy.
  • Effect of estrogen on your blood pressure in oral contraceptives and hormone replacement.

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Podcast: Salt and High Blood Pressure

This healthcast concerns the major role that salt plays in raising your blood pressure. You will learn:

  • Who makes the most salt and consumes the most salt
  • How much salt is needed and how it gets into your diet
  • How to get rid of the salt and your high blood pressure

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Podcast: How To Find A Good Doctor

This healthcast will tell you how to find the best specialist for your thyroid condition. The recommendations apply to any illness for which you need a specialist. You will learn:

  • How to insure that your specialist is fully qualified
  • How to check that your specialist keeps up with medical advances
  • How to confirm that he or she practices the art as well as the science of medicine

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Podcast: The Unrestrained American Drug Industry

This healthcast is about the American drug industry, how it promotes its new expensive drugs and benefits from the laws that are supposed to protect you and me.

In this healthcast you will learn:

  • Why new more expensive drugs that are no better than the older cheaper drugs are being prescribed so much more frequently
  • How the drug industry convinces the public to demand drugs from their doctors and doctors to prescribe them
  • What kind of reforms are needed to put a lid on this major contributor to the cost of health care

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Podcast: High Blood Pressure Drug Treatment

This healthcast is about using drugs to control your blood pressure when lifestyle changes like the DASH diet and exercise have not lowered it sufficiently (below 140/90). More detailed information will be found in my book, High Blood Pressure For Dummies.

You will learn:

  • The five major classes of drugs for lowering blood pressure
  • The effects and side effects of these drugs
  • The modern approach to using these drugs to normalize your blood pressure

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Podcast: Hurricane Katrina Medical Aftermath

In this healthcast I will tell you how Hurricane Katrina has caused injury, disease and death in the Gulf Coast.

You will learn:

  • The immediate and longterm dangers to the people of the Gulf Coast
  • Where to go for information about preparing for a disaster and recovering your home after a disaster
  • How you can help the unfortunate people still suffering there

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