Second Medical Opinions, Actively Helping Save Lives

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There are many barriers to diagnostic accuracy, like time pressures on physicians, availability of specialists and fragmented care.

That’s why it’s crucial for patients to find the doctor who is right for them and their condition. Some of the characteristics often shared by best physicians are: Board-certified and up-to-date on the latest medical research. Published in prominent medical journals. Affiliated with centers of excellence in the medical world. Recognized by other physicians for their expertise in a specialty. Open to partnering with other physicians to best serve their patients. Best Doctors has an unparalleled process that enables us to allow only the best minds in medicine to consult on our cases. We start by asking, “If you or a Read more

Taking care of gastrointestinal disorders

Woman holding her hands in front of her stomach Over the last 20 years rates of GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease) and IBD (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) have increased, as well as “functional” gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), which are responsible for more than one third of digestive problems. However, research shows that the need for surgery has reduced with the development of inflammatory medication and with better controlling of H.pylori infections the prevalence of peptic ulcers has decreased. Heartburn is on the rise in many countries. People resort to self-treatment for heartburn by using Proton pump inhibitors, which are extremely safe to use, with a low risk of Read more

Mapping out the right cancer treatment

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Advances in treatment and early detection mean that more people than ever before are surviving cancer. However, treatment is becoming more expensive and, according to a recent report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare informatics[i], total global spending on cancer drugs amounted to $100 billion[ii] in 2014, a 10.3% increase in just five years.

The huge growth has been attributed to a number of factors: increase in the cost of treatment increase in the length of time that patients receive therapy increase in overall treatment response rates and survival rates new products on the market, including biologics and targeted agents Targeted cancer therapies ("smart" treatments that identify and attack only cancer cells, as opposed to standard treatments such as chemotherapy, which can also affect healthy cells) now account for almost 50% of total spending and have been growing at an average rate of 14.6% over the past five years. As we head into the future, the pace of this Read more