In the history of medicine, heart surgery is a very young specialty, having begun about 120 years ago. Prior to that, the heart was considered too delicate to even consider operating on. 

Surgery on a ‘closed’ heart


The 2010 Affordable Care Act made the majority of preventive health services offered by Medicare available at little to no cost. Utilization of these services has since gone up, with up to 85% of beneficiaries taking advantage of at least one of them. 

Today, many primary care offices are busy places. Waiting rooms tend to be crowded, and you might wait 30 minutes or more to see your doctor who may then spend only 10 minutes with you in the exam room. 

dementia person with caregiver

Everyone copes with different challenges when taking care of someone with dementia, but some of the same problems are shared by many caregivers. For this article, several caregivers whose loved ones reside in a long-term care facility near Baltimore, Md., were interviewed. What follows are some of the most common concerns.

plaque buildup in an artery

The cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins were hailed as a very effective treatment for high cholesterol when they were first being used. Like most drugs, they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after their safety and efficacy were tested in clinical trials.

seniors discussing Medicare plans

Medicare Advantage plans are becoming more popular with seniors. In June 2015, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that the number of beneficiaries enrolled in these plans has more than tripled since 2004. Today, 31% of people on Medicare are in a Medicare Advantage plan (Henry J.

chronic pain chart

The burden of chronic disease on people in this country may seem to be mainly due to heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Although these diseases certainly affect people’s lives, there is another problem that has emerged as a significant public health issue.

washing hands

Food-borne illness—commonly known as food poisoning—can result from the presence of bacteria, parasites, or viruses on food or food preparation surfaces.

flu shot

It’s October and thus the very beginning of the official flu season, which runs through May. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this contagious respiratory illness most often peaks between December and February. The flu vaccine becomes available as early as August, but by early November last year, only about half of the U.S.