This 87-year-old doctor charges just $5 per visit

This 87-year-old doctor charges just $5 per visit

Arriving at his office just before 10 a.m. every morning — the beloved 87-year-old Dr. Russell Dohner begins to see his patients one-by-one as he has faithfully done for almost 60 years.

These days Dr. Dohner charges patients $5 per visit — compared to the $2 fee charged when Dohner began practicing medicine in Rushville, Illinois back in 1955.

“I always just wanted to be a doctor to help people with their medical problems and that’s all it’s for,” the lifetime family physician says. “It was never intended to make a lot of money.”

The amazing thing is that Dr. Dohner, who sees his patients only on a first come, first-served basis — gets up before 7 a.m. each morning to make rounds at the local hospital before arriving at his office.

He has no use for computers or fax machines either — in fact, Dr. Dohner keeps his medical records on hand-written index cards packed tightly inside a wall of filing cabinets.

You should also know that the good doctor doesn’t accept medical insurance — convinced that it’s just not worth the bother. Dr. Dohner told The Associated Press that he intends to maintain his practice as long as he possibly can.

“As long as I can make it up here, I’ll help if I can,” says Dohner, who has no plan to retire.

He is a rarity for sure, serving several counties in small-town Illinois — working seven days a week without taking a vacation in 50 years.


Read the entire story on Yahoo Finance.

Fat Blocking Pepsi Launched In Japan

Fat Blocking Pepsi Launched In Japan
I’m smiling because I don’t realize I’m about to get hit upside the head with a flying Pepsi bottle.

We all know that soda is bad for you and has all kinds of negative side effects, one of which is weight gain.

Ten minutes after ingesting a can of cola your body is hit with 100% of the recommended intake of sugar. (About 10 teaspoons.) This sugar attack causes an insulin burst which signals the liver to turn all sugar it can find into fat. A study has also shown that sugary beverages interact with genes that control weight gain and can cause obesity.

Pepsi in Japan thinks it has found a solution to this problem, a fat blocking soda called Pepsi Special . Which in simple terms is Pepsi Cola loaded with dietary fiber. Their theory is that the presence of fiber (indigestible dextrin) impedes the fat absorption process.

There is however little evidence that this is effective. The only study that has investigated the effects of dextrin on fat absorption was a Japanese study in 2006 done on rats. It concluded that rats who had dextrin in the diet absorbed less fat than rats who did not.

Whether or not it works on humans remains to be seen. But it does work as a clever marketing ploy for those who want to have it all.


source: Forbes

Cureus Editorial Board Feature: Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Cureus Editorial Board Feature: Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the founder of the Sanctuary Plastic Surgery and co-owner of Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center in Boca Raton, Florida.

The son of a successful health spa and diet center physician in New Jersey — Dr. Pozner graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York with a Distinction in Research. He trained for five years in an intensive general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Our video team stopped in to talk with Dr. Pozner who joined Cur&#275us as an Editorial Board member earlier this year. Dr. Pozner is a highly respected authority on both surgical and non-invasive plastic surgery techniques.

Wireless Scale Connects To Your Fitness Apps

Wireless Scale Connects To Your Fitness Apps
Whoo hoo! I can tweet my awesome results

We all know that using a scale is a useless, and often a depressing way to measure your progress when starting a new routine. One should focus on things like energy levels and overall well being. But a scale connected to your smartphone and all your fitness apps is something completely different.

Withings has introduced a new wireless scale, WS-30, which is not only a very accurate scale – it also acts like your personal fitness coach.

The WS-30 tells you where to stand on the scale for accurate results, then it gives you your weight and your Body Mass Index. This data is streamed into your Withings Fitness Companion App, which with the help of 60 other companion apps helps you track things like weight loss, distances covered and hours slept.

If you want to toss in some extra peer pressure to rapidly reach your weight loss goal, you could use the iOS app to post your results on Twitter or Facebook. Best of all, you can’t cheat with this scale because it calibrates itself when you’re not standing on it.

This wireless smart-scale is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch — with the ability to serve up to 8 individual users with automatic recognition.

At $130 you can help motivate yourself by turning your workout data into cool graphs and charts – all the while sharing your progress with your social media circle.


Statin Use May Reduce Cancer-Related Death

Statin Use May Reduce Cancer-Related Death

A new study out of Denmark suggests that those taking statins to lower cholesterol, may also be reducing their risk of death from cancer.

Researchers led by Sune F. Nielsen, PhD, of the University of Copenhagen, reported that patients who took statins were 15 percent less likely to die from their cancer than other cancer patients were — a conclusion reached after studying the records of nearly 300,000 cancer patients in Denmark diagnosed between 1995 and 2007.

“Regular statin use before and after a diagnosis of cancer could theoretically reduce cancer-related mortality,” researchers wrote in the November 8 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Popular statins like Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor, are regularly prescribed by physicians to lower cholesterol and stop build-up of plaque on artery walls in order to prevent strokes, heart attacks and heart disease — not to stop cancer growth and metastasis.

“Additional research will be needed to clarify if and how statins might influence survival in cancer patients,” says Eric J. Jacobs, PhD, of the American Cancer Society — who called the findings “intriguing and exciting” and worthy of further research. – Source LA Times

Researchers concluded in the published report that their findings “suggest a need for trials of statins in patients with cancer.”

Read the entire LA Times report.

Swiss Study Shows "Pre-funking" leads to more drinking

Swiss Study Shows "Pre-funking" leads to more drinking
Pre-funking is cheap, but not as cheap as this beer.

Although most of us could guess the outcome of this research before reading it — a Swiss study found that young adults who get wasted, before they go out to get wasted end up experiencing more frequent blackouts, unprotected sex, unplanned drug use or even injury.

Pre-drinking, (pre-funking, pre-gaming, pre-loading, frontloading) involves chugging  cheap alcoholic beverages before hitting the bars and night clubs. According to an LA Times article  pre-funking is common among 65%-75% of college age youth.

The study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, shows that pre-funking leads people to drink twice as much alcohol and subjects them to risky behavior.

This comes with “adverse consequences” since pre-drinkers are more likely to have blackouts, hangovers or alcohol poisoning. On average, students who drank only at a bar or an event consumed just over four drinks while pre-drinking students consumed seven drinks, according to the study.

Florian Labhart, a researcher at Addiction Switzerland shared some of the results of the study which followed 183 young adults. Those who pre-funked experienced a hangover (40.7 percent men, 36.1 percent women), unplanned substance use (20.9 percent and 12.4 percent), blackouts (11.6 percent and 7.2 percent), unintended or unprotected sexual intercourse (8.1 percent and 5.2 percent), injured self or someone else (5.8 percent and 3.1 percent), and property damage or vandalism (3.5 percent and 0.0 percent).

Labhart also adds that since “pre-drinking leads people to consume nearly twice the normal amount of alcohol on a given night, its prevalence should not be underestimated from a public-health perspective.”

“Reasons given for pre-drinking include saving money, getting in the mood for partying, becoming intoxicated and socializing with friends or facilitating contacts with potential sexual partners,” the authors wrote.

So the next time you decide to go out after frontloading, researchers suggest that you count the number of drinks you’ve had, pace yourself and avoid drinking games and the dreaded beer funnel.

Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2013

Cleveland Clinic Names Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2013
Chris Coburn, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations.

The Cleveland Clinic has officially announced their Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2013 — including breakthrough devices and therapies which Clinic experts expect will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year.

The top 10 innovations were selected from some 150 nominations of emerging technologies, gathered from more than 110 Clinic experts.

A high probability of commercial success was part of the criteria for making the 2013 innovations list.

Bariatric Surgery for Control of Diabetes topped the list for Cleveland Clinic physicians in the battle against Type 2 diabetes.

“Many diabetes experts now believe that weight-loss surgery should be offered much earlier as a reasonable treatment option for patients with poorly controlled diabetes —and not as a last resort.” says Dr. Philip Schauer, a surgeon and director of the Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

Other notable innovations making it into the list include a new FDA-approved hand-held optical scan device that employs sophisticated algorithms capable of objectively analyzing skin lesions that have characteristics of melanoma.

The imaging technology lets dermatologists make an assessment of skin lesions in less than a minute — without cutting the skin. In clinical trials which included 1,300 patients the device missed fewer than 2% of the early cancers scanned.

“Our list gives you the flavor of where health care is going,” says Chris Coburn, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. “It is the Clinic’s corporate arm, responsible for creating companies using the health system’s research in medical technology.”

You can see the entire list of Top 10 Medical Innovations at the Cleveland Clinic website.