From medication mix-ups to groundbreaking procedures, The Doctors share the hottest health news to keep you safe and informed. Plus, see why you should think twice before sleeping beside your cell phone. And, Peruvian maca root? Tiger soup? Learn the truth about exotic aphrodisiacs!
Avoiding Health Insurance Scams
Open enrollment for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act began this week. Unfortunately, many scam artists are taking advantage of the confusion surrounding the process of signing up and tricking people into giving out their personal information. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon warns that identity theft is a big concern right now. "You really have to be vigilant," he says. "You really have to watch your credit reports regularly." The Doctors are joined by internet security expert Wendi Rafferty who shares helpful safety tips to follow when signing up for coverage .
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork clarifies, "The government is not calling or sending emails asking you to sign up. So, if someone's calling you or sending you emails, do not respond."
In an interview, Academy award-winning actress Sandra Bullock talks about her experience making the film Gravity and how it felt to shoot in a zero-gravity environment. "The action and reaction in zero gravity is so different," she says. While filming, she explains that "we had to rig it so I knew to contract instead of flailing around because in space, the exact opposite would happen."
The Doctors discuss the negative effects of prolonged exposure to zero gravity on the body.
An Unlikely Source of Inspiration
Nineteen-year-old Rachael was born with a cleft lip and palate. She has since undergone multiple surgeries to correct the birth defect and is awaiting further surgery to obtain permanent front-teeth implants. Although this condition has made her life difficult, Rachael has remained strong and has found inspiration from an unusual source: social media.
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains the surgery to correct a cleft palate. Plus, meet the Internet sensation who has inspired Rachael and brought awareness to her condition.
Emily joins the show to discuss an embarrassing problem she’s recently started experiencing: Texting and emailing in her sleep! Parasomnias — the experience of sleep-eating, talking, walking, etc. — affect approximately 10 percent of Americans. "Any time you have a behavior or activity you do during the day, it can show up, if you have this tendency, at night," explains sleep specialist Dr. Carol Ash. While children who sleepwalk will generally grow out of it, if the condition begins abruptly in an adult in their 50s or 60s, it could be a sign of a serious condition.
Learn more about dealing with parasomnias and how to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
Prescription medications are designed to alleviate symptoms and provide relief for patients. But what happens when an error is made in the delivery process? According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, there are approximately 30 million dispensing errors per year, out of about 3 billion total prescriptions. The most common dispensing errors are: dispensing an incorrect medication, dosage strength or dosage form; miscalculating a dose, and failing to identify drug interactions.
"Being an informed patient is really important," says urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman.
The Doctors share how to avoid prescription errors.
Myth or Reality: Exotic Aphrodisiacs
The Doctors discuss three products that are believed to give you a boost in the bedroom. But are they proven libido enhancers or aphrodisiac duds?