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THE DOCTOR IS IN! – Thoughts on Addiction

THE DOCTOR IS IN! – Thoughts on Addiction

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan, MD June, 2015 Human beings are hardwired towards addiction. Modern society has evolved a mind-boggling number of traps that ensnare members of the human family in…

Insights into Healthfulness – THE DOCTOR IS IN

Insights into Healthfulness – THE DOCTOR IS IN

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – May, 2015 This month, twenty years ago, I had conferred upon me a Doctor of Medicine degree. It has been both an honor and a…

Generic Drugs and Government Policy Favors Monopoly Pricing ~ The Doctor is IN

Generic Drugs and Government Policy Favors Monopoly Pricing ~ The Doctor is IN

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – April, 2015 For more than thirty years, health plans, consumer groups and government have made a concerted push to keep the price of health care…

Vaccination and the Politics of Fear – THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Vaccination and the  Politics of Fear – THE DOCTOR IS IN!

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – March, 2015 Something as important as the health of the nation should be based on good science and not influenced by manufactured fear or be…

Biomarkers: The Next Revolution ~ The Doctor is IN with Dr. Frank MacMillan

Biomarkers: The Next Revolution ~ The Doctor is IN with Dr. Frank MacMillan

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – January, 2015 I’d like to be funny and say that my end of the year article is typically on the year’s major breakthrough in health…

Some Patients Pay More and May Not Keep their Doctor – By Dr. Frank MacMillan

Some Patients Pay More and May Not Keep their Doctor – By Dr. Frank MacMillan

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – December, 2014 While I consider myself well read and I work hard to remain connected to and aware of changes happening in medicine, I have…

Health Care Rationing and the Politics of Hepatitis C

Health Care Rationing and the Politics of Hepatitis C

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan, MD Back in April, I wrote about anticipated new treatments for Hepatitis C viral infection. The first all-oral treatment was FDA approved on October 10, with additional…

Your Health Matters and Elections Affect Your Health

Your Health Matters and  Elections Affect Your Health

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – October, 2014 Over the past several months, I have tried to bring to the Valley Patriot readers a mix of what’s new in medicine, and…

Like Your Doctor, Keep Your Doctor …Not Exactly

Like Your Doctor, Keep Your Doctor …Not Exactly

By: Dr. Fran MacMillan – Sept. 2014 Did you know that If you live in Massachusetts, and have an HMO health plan, your plan has been getting a whole lot…

Bigger is Definitely Not Better – Dr. Frank MacMillan

Bigger is Definitely Not Better – Dr. Frank MacMillan

By. Dr. Frank MacMillan – August, 2014 Health care consolidation is a bad deal for Massachusetts’s consumers. Over the past two decades, our hospitals, physicians, and health plans have been…

Coffee, Can it Be Good for You? What’s the Evidence?

Coffee, Can it Be Good for You?  What’s the Evidence?

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – July, 2014 Without my even asking, people will say to me that they don’t drink coffee for health reasons. I have always found this perplexing,…

Health Care at Dept. of Veterans Affairs … What Went Wrong?

Health Care at Dept. of Veterans Affairs … What Went Wrong?

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – June, 2014 A decorated General resigns, a President is besieged, and a certain Arizona Senator is fit to be tied. Newspapers say the VA is…

Stomach Acid Reducing Medicine the new Vitamin Supplement

Stomach Acid Reducing Medicine the new Vitamin Supplement

By: Dr. Frank Macmillan – May, 2014 It seems as though everyone I know is on or has been on medication for acid reflux symptoms. Over-the-counter antacids, histamine H2 blockers,…

Another One Bites the Dust … Breaking News From the World of Infectious Diseases

Another One Bites the Dust …   Breaking News From the World  of Infectious Diseases

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan “Another one bites the dust” was a catchy tune in the 80’s popularized by the British band Queen, whose band leader Freddie Mercury ultimately succumbed to…

Colon Cancer Awareness Month – By Dr. Frank

Colon Cancer Awareness Month – By Dr. Frank

By: Dr. Frank MacMillan – March 2014 Forget for a minute, the ongoing debate over national health care, and the endless shouting that never seems to persuade anyone to think…