STDs Misconceptions That Can Seriously Affect Your Health


Sexually transmitted diseases can sometimes feel like taboo urban myths. Scientifically, we know a lot about how these diseases work and how to cure them. College students especially can have a hard time approaching this topic with partners.

Health campaigns do warn about the dangers of HIV/AIDS, but other STDs tend to get swept under the umbrella “STD” term. Safe sex is an important concept for you to understand as a sexually active person, but it’s a misconception to believe that safe sex is the only component to STD prevention.

Your Nurse Is Not Your Financial Adviser


A nurse may not be your financial adviser, but nurses may be able help you make sound financial decisions that can save you hundreds, even thousands, on medical bills. Nurses play an important role in our health. Anyone who’s been admitted to a hospital knows that they are the frontliners–always there to address patient needs. But did you know that their role goes beyond changing IV fluids and taking vitals?

4 Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Health


Being healthy is one way that you can help increase your quality of life. While genetics play some role in your overall health and well being, your lifestyle plays significantly more. If you want to live a long and productive life to see your children and grandchildren grow up then you need to start by getting healthy now.

Searching For Private Healthcare Options

hospital bed bedside

Looking for health insurance is by no means an exciting thing to do, but it is something that’s important, so it’s always worth taking the time to make sure you’re getting the right product, and you’re getting value for money. Many people are lucky enough to be given healthcare through their employer, but this isn’t possible for everyone, so many of us have some searching to do.

Over-Treatment in Healthcare: The Unsung Tragedy of Medicine?


The eye of the media is constantly focused on Americans who are lacking in healthcare. But what about the many individuals who do have health insurance and are being subjected to medical overtreatment?

Far too often we are running too many scans, too many labs, and performing far too many procedures. And according to the Institute of Medicine, this overtreatment is costing health care systems over $210 billion a year. Not only are the costs financially high, but the burden of pain, complications, and even potential death are on the line in this epidemic.

Playing Operation: Costs of Common Surgeries [Infographic]

operation surgery cost

The following infographic does a great job of illustrating the cost of various surgeries as well as detailing how many of that operations are performed in a year.

IT’s worth noting that cost for these procedures vary by region and also from facility to facility. What would be ideal was if a surgery cost $x.xx amount no matter where you had it or who performed it. But unfortunately that is just not so. Hospitals and insurance companies are constantly renegotiating their agreed upon allowances and changing what they determine is “reasonable and customary.”

Tax Dollars Paying for a Teenager’s Unsuccessful Weight Loss Surgery


An article in the New York Times: Young, Obese and in Surgery has really started to make me think about the ways our tax dollars are spent on healthcare. We are allowing our children to be subjected to risky surgeries and forcing them to make decisions that they are truly too young to realize the full implications of. This article has also has increased my awareness on how we are always looking for a quick fix to lifelong problems.