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.
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I went to the visit prepared with a short, organized list of …
read on Two deadly diseases
Measles and the flu have been two popular topics in our local news.
Oddly enough, my husband has a connection to both these viral epidemics!
Since January, our state (Washington) has been dealing with
a measles outbreak. It began when an unvaccinated adult returned from overseas, unknowingly infected with the measles. This person went to many public places and exposed countless individuals to the virus.
read on Talk to your doctor first! The American Heart Association (AHA) recently updated its guidelines about daily baby aspirin.
They no longer recommend it to prevent heart attacks in healthy adults over 50. So if you are taking it, talk to your doctor about whether you should continue.
The AHA made this change based on
a study published last fall in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that showed the … 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 Bladder infections = misery
If you’re a female over the age of 20 chances are good that you’ve experienced at least one bladder infection in your life.
Women are overwhelmingly more likely to get a bladder infection than men because we have very short urethras—the tube that connects our bladder to the outside world.
That means bacteria have a shorter distance to travel to get into our bladders, make themselves …
read on Pain comes to us all
I’ve reached that age when everything hurts.
Age, overuse, less-than-perfect posture and a family history of arthritis have resulted in a variety of aches and pains: stiff neck, sore knees, carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, foot pain, headaches, and so on.
These are the common miseries to which we all fall victim at one time or another. Occasional use of over-the-counter pain remedies such as acetaminophen, …
read on Update April 2019: Shingrix is too popular and there is a shortage! Ask your pharmacy about getting on a waiting list so they can contact you when the vaccine is available again. It may be 6-8 months. A new vaccine for shingles
I’m scheduled for an annual exam later this month. As I was perusing the long list of preventive health recommendations for adults, I noticed the shingles vaccine is …
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 Modern life is stressful
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long and stressful winter for me.
On top of a very cold and snowy month, there have been family issues, health issues, car and home issues, etc., that have piled on, and I haven’t done a very good job taking care of myself.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Again and again I read articles …