February 18, 2008 |
For busy people, time is money. And when you've got more money than time, the cost of an executive physical examination is kind of like the price of a yacht. If you have to ask, you can't afford it. Tom Gilmore arrived at L.A.'s Good Samaritan Hospital on a bright Friday morning, sporting a dark blue Nike warmup suit the hospital had sent.
February 18, 2008 |
Any good physical examination is highly individual, whether it's with the family doctor who's known you since childhood or with a team at a hospital-based executive physical program. Patients going for an executive physical can expect a packet of information to precede their visit. They'll fill out head-to-toe medical information and answer questions about lifestyle and family medical history so that a team of physicians can design a physical for their unique needs.
April 23, 2007 |
As boys grow up and become sexually active, they cut back on regular visits to the doctor, sometimes for reasons of cost and lack of health insurance. But a new study cites another factor: boys' beliefs about what it means to be a man. The study of 15- to 19-year-olds, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, suggests that young men view visits to a healthcare provider as a sign of weakness.
February 13, 2006 |
SITTING in a cold, sterile room in a blue paper dress, you tell yourself you're taking care of business. That's when the doctor listens to your heart and lungs, hits the knees with a mallet, shines a flashlight into eyes, nose and mouth -- and pronounces you fit as a fiddle. Ready to go for another year. Don't kid yourself. Study after study has found that the annual physical exam is almost worthless, a medical anachronism that should be buried alongside the iron lung and mercurochrome.
August 23, 2005 |
The NFL's medical liaison said Monday that each team's physical examinations were comprehensive, that it was too early to judge whether the death of 23-year-old San Francisco 49er lineman Thomas Herrion was caused in part by obesity, and that one test that might have found a difficult-to-detect heart problem wasn't necessary. Dr.
July 12, 2004 |
What do you get for a $7,500 executive physical? Doug Shafer, a stressed-out Napa Valley vintner, was willing to fork over the cash to find out. At 7:35 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, Shafer pulled a black BMW X5 into a reserved parking space at St. Helena Hospital, a regional medical center overlooking vineyards. A nurse escorted him to his room, where every detail was personalized. The medical staff wore blue, his favorite color. His room was blue too.