I’ve described myself as a poor sleeper for years, thanks to
Restless Legs Syndrome.
Several nights a week, I’ll feel as if I haven’t slept at all. Then I’ll be cranky all day, and torn between looking forward to going to bed or dreading another night of tossing and turning.
Naturally, I’ve read a lot of sleep self-help books 🙂
A few days ago I picked up
… The Sleep read on Most of us don’t need supplements
Save your money.
I spent some time this weekend researching vitamin B12 deficiency and the need for supplements. An elderly relative has been experiencing months of fatigue and wonders if a B12 supplement might help her.
Despite all the products you can buy that contain vitamin B12 to “boost” energy levels or “support” memory, most of us aren’t low in vitamin B12 and won’t …
read on Getting to know each other
I went to see my new primary care physician last week.
She’s my fifth PCP in eight years because of ever-changing provider networks, or doctors leaving primary care.
I asked friends for recommendations, read online bios and Yelp reviews, and looked for any history of malpractice suits.
Related post: Need a new doctor?
I went to the visit prepared with a short, organized list of …
read on Even OTC Nexium has risks A new study published last week ties the common heartburn drug, Nexium, to an increased risk of kidney damage.
Nexium (esomeprazole) belongs to a class of drugs called
Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPIs. It was approved by the FDA to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in 2001.
Use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI), a group of drugs that reduce the production of stomach acid,
read on March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
There are several screening tools for colon cancer: colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test (FOBT), fecal immunochemical test (FIT), and the new kid on the block, Cologuard.
You may be interested: How to prevent colon cancer
Like FOBT and FIT, Cologuard uses a stool sample to find evidence of colon cancer. It was approved by the FDA in 2014, and its marketing on TV and …
read on Yesterday a well-known celebrity died following a stroke at the pretty young age of 52. I’m re-publishing this post to remind everyone how to spot a stroke and get help FAST! FN What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when blood (oxygen) cannot get to the brain tissue, and the brain cells die. A stroke can be caused by a clot (called an
ischemic stroke) or a ruptured blood vessel … read on Noise and sleep—help!
A friend recently asked me about white noise machines, and if I knew whether they helped with sleep or not.
I’ve never used one, and honestly didn’t know anything about them.
In theory, white noise masks more irritating noises, such as traffic, airplanes, barking dogs, talking, television and random household sounds.
For sensitive individuals, or shift workers or partners of snorers, noise can be a major sleep …
read on Hospital safety and medical mistakes
It’s been a while since I posted about staying safe in the hospital, so it’s time for an updated post.
Because the problem really isn’t getting any better.
Although there’s been much effort over the last decade to increase patient safety and reduce medication errors,
medical mistakes still contribute to approximately 250,000 deaths every year.
Different sources rate medical error as the second or third …
read on aka Single Payer healthcare
Judging from the early noise around the 2020 presidential election, I think healthcare will again be a big issue.
And it should be! Our system is still outrageously expensive and unfair.
There is a growing demand for some sort of universal healthcare coverage, a Medicare-for-all or single payer system like other countries have.
But before we vote to upend the healthcare system (again), let’s take time …
read on Another measles outbreak
My state, Washington, has one of
the highest vaccine opt out rates in the country.
a recent outbreak of measles here, a state of emergency has been declared and legislators have introduced a bill to eliminate the personal exemption for the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella).
Washington is one of only 18 states that allows parents to refuse vaccinations for …