Communication is a skill that's vital - not just in our relationships, but in just about everything we do. By the time we're in this so-called midlife, we hope we've mastered it, but chances are we slip up from time to time. From the insignificant (like your order of a "triple, venti, soy, no-foam latte") - to the noteworthy (like telling the waiter to make sure there's no shrimp in that … [Read more...] about Here’s How to Communicate With Your Doctor
The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the nation will face a shortage of 12,000 to 31,000 primary-care physicians by 2025. So it's no wonder you may be finding it harder to find a doctor or to schedule an appointment with the one you have. What's fueling this problem? The baby boom generation pouring into older age, an aging physician workforce preparing to retire and an … [Read more...] about Can’t See a Doctor? How to Cope.
Actress Rita Wilson, who recently announced her breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent double mastectomy, did the right thing when she sought out a second opinion. And doing so might have saved her life. But too many of us are hesitant to question a medical diagnosis: a 2005 Gallup Poll that surveyed 5,000 Americans found that about half reported "never" seeking a second opinion and a paltry … [Read more...] about Why Second Opinions Count