August 29, 2018

Osteopenia is not just a chick thing

Think osteoporosis is a chick thing? Think again. Jo's VERY SHORT video on osteoporosis.

The risks for osteopenia and osteoporosis are not exclusive to women. Check out this Mayo Clinic guide to see if you should be keeping an eye on your bone density levels:  
Mayo Clinic Guide to Bone Density tests.

For an overview of bone density issues (whether or not you have a known risk), this comprehensive guide is available from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): GUIDE TO BONE DENSITY ISSUES.

Praemonitus, praemunitus: To be forewarned is to be forearmed. 

August 27, 2018

Sorry, but no ancestor shaming allowed on this one

Sometimes ancestors can be the convenient scapegoat for bumps in the road. It's tempting to look at family members and think, "Well, it's easy to see where I got my [fill in the blank]." But having a chronic medical condition is not one of those times.

Watch my short video to see what I mean: Jo's SPOOF OR TRUTH on genetics.

August 6, 2018

Is COPD really the third leading cause of death?

Chronic respiratory disease is the third leading cause of death in America if you don't include the 251,000 people who die from medical errors every year--and the National Centers for Disease Control don't.

It's frustrating that almost all medical errors could be prevented using the tools of health literacy, such as sharing accurate information, being medication aware and practicing effective advocacy--for yourself or someone else.

Take a moment to watch and share this short video: Jo's SPOOF or TRUTH? about Medical Errors 

July 20, 2018

Wondering whether to buy green bananas?

Google's artificial intelligence group, "Medical Brain," has developed an algorithm that analyzes a person's entire medical records to make all sorts of interesting--and potentially crucial--predictions about health care outcomes and even life expectancy. Jo's video on predicting death

I am all about using every credible tool in the box to practice fully informed and shared decision making--as long as we remember that the computer only knows what humans tell it, so health literate decision making still comes down to effective patient-doctor communication. 

June 25, 2018

Have a modesty issue?

I just might have landed on a solution for you. You know, we are about to experience a dramatic increase in the health care labor shortages already being felt. Check this out: Jo's video on the robot dresser

June 18, 2018

The secret to a long life? Don't fall.

It's one of those things that seems too simple to be true, but it is: falling is a leading cause of death as we age. And it's getting more prevalent, not less. Now, you would expect the numbers to go up, just because of our aging population, but guess what? The rate is also increasing, as shown in this brief video: Jo's video on falls.