Black licorice health hazards
It’s coming up on Halloween and I know lots of people who love to decorate with black licorice candies. They even like the taste (which I definitely do not!).
But every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes a public safety message about the possible health hazards of black licorice.
Why is it unhealthy? And which products should be avoided?
Licorice comes from a root … read on
To screen or not to screen
That is the question women are asking (well, I’m asking). But there is no clear answer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka Pinktober. The news and social media are already broadcasting the message “Mammograms save lives.”
That simplistic platitude isn’t enough. Do screening mammograms really save lives? What do the numbers tell us?
Cancer screening has become a huge business in our … read on
A growing problem
Financial identity theft is when someone steals your credit card or debit card, or uses your personal information to take out a loan in your name.
Medical identity theft is when someone uses your personal information to fraudulently receive medical care and have it paid for by you or your insurance.
If that person is treated under your name, your finances, your medical history and your health … read on
What do topical pain relievers do?
A few weeks ago I posted about how to save money on oral over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Then I decided to look into topical pain relievers. This post provides an overview of what’s available, and how to choose the right one and save money.
I was totally surprised at the scope of products available online and at the drugstore! … read on
Traditional and expensive
Over the next few weeks many families, mine included, will receive the dreaded letter from their health insurance company that tells them how much their premiums will be for 2019.
Last spring my insurance company applied for a 29% rate hike. They settled for 19%. That still hurts. Especially because the deductible and out-of-pocket maximum are going up, too.
I really feel for other families receiving … read on
Head lice: a back-to-school nuisance
Head lice and their eggs (nits) are a frequent irritation for school children and their parents.
Because they spread through person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items like hats and hair brushes, head lice are especially widespread in the fall and winter months.
And super lice, or head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments permethrin and pyrethrum, are now common in at least … read on
We are all at risk
As my husband lay in his hospital bed with multiple antibiotics infusing into his body, the thought came to me that 100 years ago he wouldn’t have survived a ruptured appendix.
Penicillin was only discovered in 1928.
Being able to treat infections revolutionized health care. Patients had immeasurably better odds of surviving surgery, trauma and infectious diseases.
But now we are faced with the … read on
When a friend or family member is in the hospital
I haven’t updated my blog for the last 10 days because my husband’s appendix decided to rupture. That put him in the hospital for surgery and a week of IV antibiotics.
I took my own advice to not let a loved one be alone in the hospital, so I spent a lot of hours last week hanging out at … read on
Short-term health insurance plans are coming back
Is there anything about our healthcare system, especially the insurance market, that isn’t confusing?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) finally phased out most short-term health insurance plans last year, but last week the current administration changed the rules to bring them back.
The cost of health insurance is really expensive for anyone who doesn’t have an employer-provided plan or doesn’t qualify for … read on
The Nanodropper—an innovative eyedropper
Drug companies will hate the Nanodropper. And that, of course, makes me like it. 😉
If you use expensive prescription eye drops, or want to hear about another way drug manufacturers squeeze money out of us, you may be interested in the Nanodropper.
Last year, the consumer watchdog group, ProPublica, did a piece on the wasteful and costly practice of drug companies using eyedroppers that … read on