Dr. Susan Molchan

How to lower your blood pressure: DASH

The Centers for Disease Control offers advice on how to lower your blood pressure to avoid hypertension. DASH, the dietary approach to stop hypertension (high blood pressure), is an eating program...

Cures Act threatens drug safety and efficacy

After an intense lobbying campaign heavily funded by the pharmaceutical industry and featuring sick children and pleading parents, a bill called the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”)...

Ask your doctor about vaccines you need

Medicare covers a number of vaccines older adults need to prevent against serious illness and hospitalization, but millions of older adults are not getting them. Many end up unnecessarily ill with...

Should companies market drugs “off-label”?

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held an important public hearing on “off-label” marketing of drugs and medical devices to physicians. When medical products are...

No proof annual pelvic exam offers benefits

Most women get annual pelvic exams–60 million in 2010–but it might be time to stop. There is no proof that an annual pelvic exam offers benefits. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force...

Delirium common for older adults in hospital

According to the American Delirium Society, seven million hospitalized adults experience delirium each year.  They become confused and disoriented. And, according to the National Institute on Aging...

Can Parkinson’s disease be treated?

Parkinson’s disease is a type of movement disorder affecting about 1 million people who are typically 60 and older. Parkinson’s causes people to have difficulty keeping their bodies...

Change your diet, improve your health

The USDA Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee explains that about half of adults in the U.S–117 million people–have diet-related health problems...

Five Proven Interventions for Insomnia

With age, the total amount of time we sleep decreases, and sleep becomes more fragmented. So, we shouldn’t expect the same sleep patterns we had when we were younger. Many people’s body clocks...