Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Task Force Calls for True Preventive Medicine

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has called for more emphasis on preventive medicine that can make a difference in patients’ lives, including screening for cognitive impairment, mental and physical well-being, fall prevention, vision and hearing problems, and avoiding unintended harms from medical procedures and testing.  One could easily add side effects from drugs to the list.  At COHA, we have added the specific measures of toxic metals testing, breast thermography, balance testing, vascular screening (the CHAS score), and the 3-day intensive treatment for eye diseases.  We believe that true prevention is far more effective than vaccines and screening for diseases that are already present.

See Family Practice News, 12/2013, p. 40.

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