As summer approaches, I thought you should all be experts on sunscreen.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men worldwide, yet our ability to meaningfully prevent death from prostate cancer is limited.
Did you know that there is an escalator in your ear canal? There is a mechanism in the ear canal that moves wax from the eardrum to the opening of the auditory canal, similar to an escalator.
When I was in my residency, we were encouraged to consider this as the standard guidelines that we should follow when practicing medicine. I find it interesting that many doctors do not follow the guidelines set by the USPSTF.
Current guidelines state: “The decision to start regular, biennial screening mammography before the age of 50 years should be an individual one and take patient context into account, including the patient’s values regarding specific benefits and harms.” So how do you decide when to begin screening?
The Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer and it’s discovery has saved many women from developing cervical cancer. The most recent guidelines recommend against doing a Pap smear every year.
A couple of experiences have tempered my enthusiasm to jump on the next new healthy thing. It’s a good idea to treat the latest health headlines with some skepticism.
Some posit that the process of communication between the gut and the brain occurs largely without conscious awareness and plays an important role in emotional function. This unconscious emotional response of the gut, may have an influence on decision-making. Perhaps this can help explain what we would call intuition or a premonition, sometimes called a “gut feeling.”
The number needed to treat (NNT) and number needed to harm (NNH) are important concepts that helps you weigh the benefits and harms of a treatment.
Many people ask me if they need to take a multivitamin every day, or report to me guiltily that they don’t remember to take their vitamins. In the aisles of drug stores, I see signs saying “doctor’s recommend daily use of a multivitamin.” Vitamin and supplement use in the U.S. is BIG business. My experience is that many people believe that it’s clear that taking a vitamin is the right thing to do. I would posit it warrants a bit more thought.
In this blog, I want to share my thoughts on health. I want to dive deeper into topics I am confronted with every day. But mostly, this blog is for you. I want to empower you to get the most out of the health care system. I want to help you explore the failings and victories of modern medicine. I want you to know how to ask your doctor questions, how to get what you really need out of your experience with your physician. I want you to understand the magic and danger of modern technology and it’s intersection with health. I love feedback, please help me answer the right questions for you.