Diane Archer

What’s a dementia directive?

You may have heard of an advance directive, a document all adults should prepare, naming a person to speak for them if they cannot speak for themselves and setting forth their care wishes. Now, the...

Are you eating too much junk food?

Julia Belluz reports for Vox that it might be time for the government to step in, tax junk food, and help address the obesity epidemic in the United States. A tax on unhealthy and high-calorie food...

“Premium support” undermines Medicare

Speaker Paul Ryan and former HHS Secretary Tom Price, among others, have called for redesigning Medicare from a program that covers all medically necessary services for a fixed premium to one in...

Warning: Your hip replacement could kill you

Jeanne Lenzer writes for the New York Times about the danger of getting a hip replacement. In some cases, your hip replacement could cause serious harm. In general, as we have reported, FDA-approved...

Need home health care? Don’t count on Medicare

Of all the failings with the US health care system for older Americans, one of the greatest is Medicare’s very limited home care coverage. Millions of Americans need home care as they age or when...

Less health care is often better care

Dr. John Mandrola, a cardiac electrophysiologist practicing in Louisville KY, writes in Medscape about why less health care is often better care. As a physician, he believes that simplifying care...