The Doctors: Penalized For Screening For Prostate Cancer?
The Doctors shared a headline that reported doctors could be penalized financially for ordering too many prostate tests for patients. This specifically applies to patients on Medicare and is part of a federal effort to redefine and reward quality in healthcare services. Testing for prostate cancer is not always done the right way, but if done appropriately a doctor shouldn’t be penalized for it. African-American men are 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men. The PSA test is what is so controversial, but for some individuals, it just needs to be on a case-by-case basis.
It’s known that men in their 80’s and 90’s have a pretty high chance of having prostate cancer, so in those cases it should be evaluated differently. Government intervention isnt always the answer.
The Doctors: Holding Technique To Soothe Crying Baby
Next, The Doctors shared a viral video of the doctor with a fool-proof way of soothing a crying baby. Dr Robert Hamilton developed, through the years, a technigue he calls the hold to keep children quiet. He folds the baby’s arms in front of him underneath his hand, while supporting the head with his finger, and uses his dominant hand under the baby’s bottom to gently rock the baby.
Dr Jim Sears and Leah with her baby Logan joined the show to talk about the video. Logan got his shot a week ago and Dr Sears saw the video and wanted to try it, so he did right there in the office and Logan stopped crying in half a second! Dr Sears explained that for so many babies, it’s new which is part of why it works. Leah also tried it at home to show how it works.
The Doctors: Prepare For Winter Weather
The Doctors shared a Special Report now that more than 50 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are expected to receive more than a foot of snow tomorrow. The National Weather Service has raised its winter storm threat scale to its highest level, warning of significant travel delays, road closures, and threats to life and property. They suggested having a working flashlight, charged cellphone, extra food, water, prescriptions, and a first aid kit. Always keep extra blankets and water in your car in case you become stranded.
The CDC and the ACP reminded doctors to avoid prescribing unnecessary antibiotics to treat the cold and the flu. The overuse of antibiotics has fueled drug-resistant bacteria. They’re hoping to prevent an era where minor injuries and common infections could kill once again. About half the antibiotics prescribed could be unnecessary or inappropriate.
The Doctors: Chris Christie School Lunches
For The Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that school meal programs have changed recently to include more whole grains, vegetables, and fruit, as well as cut back on sodium. During a recent campaign stop at a pancake house in Iowa, New Jersey governor Chris Christie told an 11-year-old boy that if he was elected president, the child would be able to eat “whatever you want to eat.” Christie said he wants people to eat healthier, but in the end, it’s your choice. He also added “I don’t care what you’re eating for lunch every day. I really don’t.”
The Doctors: Trader Joe’s Cashews & Salmonella
After regular testing discovered a presence of salmonella, Trader Joe’s is recalling a line of raw cashews. It specifically affects Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces that come in a clear 16-0z non-resealable plastic bag. So far, no illnesses associated with the product have been reported. Salmonella can cause nausea, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. It can cause serious infections in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
The Doctors: Jamie Foxx Hero
Jamie Foxx was applauded for saving a driver from a burning overturned car. He reportedly unbuckled the man and pulled him about 30 feet away from the accident, saving his life.
The Doctors: Warm Drink After Dinner To Prevent Bloating
If you’re feeling bloated, following your meal with warm liquids like warm water or chamomile tea can prevent gas and bloating.