Talk to your doctor first!
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study last week that shows the risks of a daily baby aspirin may outweigh the benefits, at least in patients older than 65.
I’ve known a lot of people, however, who started taking a daily baby aspirin on their own, without checking with their health care providers first.
Over the last few years there have been …
read on Get ready for flu season
Last year’s flu season was nasty.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeled it a
“high severity season” because the circulating strains of influenza virus were especially virulent and the season lasted longer than usual.
It’s impossible to predict when flu season will start, but it could be as early as October. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October, but …
read on Oh, my aching head!
Headaches must be one of the most common health complaints. They affect all age groups, and have any number of underlying causes. Still, most headaches are a minor annoyance at most, and go away with minimal treatment.
But judging by the amount of money spent on over-the-counter pain relievers and headache medications (about half a billion dollars a year), we must be a country in a …
read on It’s time for those back-to-school shots!
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published …
read on Does your face suffer from sun damage?
This YouTube video fascinates me. Using an ultraviolet lens, the camera reveals how years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin. Even more interesting is how sunscreen looks.
(It’s best viewed full screen.)
Protect yourself from the sun
The summer heat rages on, so I hope this video is a timely reminder to wear …
read on What’s in your pool water?
School is out, summer is in full swing, and both kids and adults are flocking to local public swimming pools and wading pools.
And that’s where an ugly parasitic infection lurks:
Cryptosporidium (aka “Crypto”) causes diarrhea. It spreads when contaminated fecal matter gets into the pool. Which is frighteningly easy to do, especially when toddlers wear diapers into wading pools or onto splash …
read on A common summer ailment
Few summer ailments are as common as sunburns.
If you or your kids get a sunburn, here are some simple steps you can take to stop the burning and promote healing.
You don’t need to buy a bunch of special or expensive products. The important steps are to stop the burning, treat the pain, and stay hydrated.
Sunscreen—Prevention is key
Use sunscreen! The
… American Academy of read on There is no cure for Restless Legs Syndrome
I have to be honest.
This post will not tell you about a miracle cure for Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), or how you can achieve quality sleep every night.
I’ve suffered (and those of you with RLS will sympathize) with RLS for most of my adult life. I’ve tried prescription medications, supplements, elimination diets, exercise and even acupuncture in my quest for …
read on Stay safe this 4th of July!
My state’s Fire Marshall recently reported
and fires in 2017. a record number of fireworks-related injuries
As a nurse I’ve seen what both legal and illegal fireworks can do to hands and faces. It’s not pretty.
It’s especially tragic when small children are burned or disfigured.
makes this statement on their website: American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues
read on Allergy vs severe reaction
Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants all belong to the same order of insects,
, so their venoms cause similar reactions if you are stung or bitten. Hymenoptera
People’s bodies react in one of three ways:
85-90% experience a small local reaction—pain, redness and some swelling just around the sting site. 10% experience what is called a “large local reaction”—pain, itching, redness and swelling