Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rethinking that daily aspirin

It used to be recommended that people take an aspirin every day in order to lower their risk of heart attack.  In recent years, though, this recommendation has come under fire.  I can remember when they pointed out that the studies that found a daily aspirin was helpful had actually not been done on women, and it had been found that the daily aspirin actually wasn't helpful for women.

Now they're going further, and saying that if you are healthy, the benefits of the daily aspirin are actually outweighed by the risks.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good news if you hate blood draws

When my sister was a kid she had to have surgery to remove a bone fragment from her elbow.  When they went to put the IV in, they couldn't find her vein at first -- apparently she was so nervous that it constricted.

I've never had that problem, as I have veins that stand out pretty prominently, especially once you put a tourniquet on.  I have one good vein especially that is the number one choice for blood draws.  But my veins do roll sometimes, so I have been poked over and over before in an attempt to get blood or place an IV.  It's not fun.

There is hope though, in the form of this new invention!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What about that annual physical?

On the subject of obsessing about your health, which I posted about last week: What about annual physicals?  Aren't they supposed to be good for you?

NPR ran this article last week as well, which, if I hadn't been so busy and distracted, I meant to blog about sooner.

Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Can you pay TOO much attention to your health?

Years ago, my first endocrinologist checked my full labs at every visit.  We're talking every three months, four times a year.  It never occurred to me that this might be a bad thing.  In fact, I thought it was necessary because I was diabetic, and surprised when I switched endos and my new doctor only checked once a year.  Ish.

Turns out now that there are studies that say that obsessing over your health can actually make you sicker.