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.
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.
September 6, 2002 |
For 20 years, football players from Encino Crespi High lined the hallways and crowded the examination rooms of Dr. Richard Ferkel's Van Nuys medical office on a Saturday in August for what had become a rite of summer: an assembly line-style medical screening that allowed them to participate in sports.
May 27, 2002 |
Hang around with 10,000 microbiologists for a spell and you'll learn a whole bunch of things about bacteria that cause disease--and bacteria that make cheese, whiffy bacteria that grow in marshes and clever ones that chomp up pollution and plastics. Among the reports from the American Society for Microbiology's annual meet (this year in Salt Lake City): Putting iron in deodorants might help control body odor, because iron inhibits the microbes that turn sweat acrid.
May 13, 2002 |
The high cost of health care is keeping a "significant minority" of American women from getting the medical care they need, according to a new national survey. About one in four U.S. women skipped or delayed needed health care in the course of a year, while more than one in five couldn't afford to fill at least one prescription during that time. Fewer men reported the same barriers: 16% of men skipped or delayed care and 13% didn't fill a prescription.
February 25, 2002 |
In this age of managed care, many of us no longer have easy access to the best and brightest in medicine. Unless, of course, money is no object--or someone else is picking up the tab. If that's the case, you might get to experience something called the "executive physical." For $2,000 and up, you can spend two days getting poked and prodded, undergoing a battery of tests and talking at length to a top-notch doctor about your eating habits, family medical history and exercise routine.