TRENTON, N.J. — Seven years after U.S. regulators slapped their strictest warning on two popular smoking-cessation medicines citing risks of suicidal behavior, a large international study found no such risk.
One of the common questions I face is whether patients should take a baby aspirin a day or not. Some healthy people want to take aspirin to prevent certain cancers or a heart attack or stroke. People feel that baby aspirin is low dose and totally harmless. That is not true. It can cause significant bleeding in some patients, too. The issue is: does the benefit of aspirin outweigh the risk in healthy people?
Q: Can you please elaborate on bisphosphonates and the risk of jaw consequences following various dental procedures? Do oral medications continue to work in your system long after the pill has been taken? I was told Prolia an IM medication administered every six months is ineffective after the sixth-month period, so should I take that?
An article published in the journal Pediatrics found that children value the opinion of their parents more than their peers when it comes to the issue of tobacco use. In this study, researchers found that if you tell children smoking is very, very bad for them, they are less likely to smoke. This research adds to a growing body of evidence that parents have more influence on their teens than they may have realized.
I saw a 75-year-old gentleman almost one year ago. He was feeling tired. His family physician ordered a blood test. He had too many RBCs (red blood cells) in his blood. He was referred to me for further evaluation and management.
Patients sometimes call our office stating they think they’ve broken one of their lesser toes and inquire if they need to come in for an X-ray or if they should “just tape the toe” to another for a time.
As summer approaches, we need to focus on preventing the most common type of cancer. What is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Is it lung, breast, prostate? If you answered yes to any of these, you are off by a long shot.