Too Many People Are Taking Aspirin Unnecessarily


I was in Dr. Jennifer Walden’s office and I overheard a conversation that got me interested in this subject. Research has shown that taking daily aspirin can reduce the risk of various health issues, like heart disease and stroke. However, there are many individuals who take aspirin on a daily basis who do not need to do so. A new study has recently found that as many as 11 percent of the individuals who take aspirin daily do not need to do so.

One of the issues that can be caused by taking aspirin on a daily basis is gastrointestinal bleeding. An individual needs to speak with their primary care physician to weigh the benefits of avoiding things like heart disease, while at the same time taking into consideration the side effect of gastrointestinal bleeding. Something that the doctor will keep in mind is the age of the individual and any health conditions they are dealing with.

The American Heart Association has recommended that individuals take aspirin on a daily basis for primary prevention for individuals who have a 10 year cardiovascular risk of 10 percent or more. Other guidelines that have been published say the cutoff should be at a risk of only 6 percent. After studying more than 68,000 patients, they found that over 11 percent were taking aspirin on a daily basis with only a cardiovascular disease risk of 6 percent or less. I was in Dr. Jennifer Walden office and I overheard a conversation that got me interested in this subject.

This underscores the importance of patients communicating with their doctors about their individual circumstances. They do not want to cause more harm than good.

Profiles in Health Care: Mark Ahn Explains Biotech Startup Success

We work hard to stay healthy, but we often take for granted that there are people out there every day working hard to develop new technologies for us in the health care industry. From inventing vaccines to improving upon past technologies, we have the longest average lifespan in history because of these people. Mark Ahn is a leader within the biotech industry who seeks to inspire more to go into the career field.

When Mark Ahn spoke to The Street about the success of biotech startups, he explained how these companies can remain solvent in their early years while their first products come to market. Most people who have a vision for these businesses do not realize the amount of waiting that is involved, and they also do not want to wait that long to get the work done. However, the businesses will be able to make the most of their time spent waiting if they are funded properly.

Dr. Ahn believes that many companies do not go looking for funding in enough places. The company can fund its projects through a number of different means, and all these funds together will help to see projects through to market. Also, these projects can be funded so that multiple products can be developed at the same time. The company will always have funding coming in, and the products will all go to market at similar times.

When a company is willing to seek out the proper amounts of funding, they will be able to remain solvent when they are new. The startups in the biotech world that do not take these steps tend to fail while the most industrious ones tend to succeed.

Dr. Daniel Amen, Author and Psychiatrist

Dr. Daniel Amen is a well-known and popular psychiatrist and author of many professional scientific articles that have appeared in prestigious psychiatry journals such as Nature’s Translational Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry. He has also authored or co-authored more than 30 books and seven chapters of books.

He has been called one of the most gifted minds of medicine and has dedicated his career to the study of brain health and its’ importance to the success and health of the total person. At the Amen Clinics, Dr. Amen teaches that when the brain health is good, everything goes well. When the brain is stressed or troubled, there are problems in life.

Not only is Dr. Amen a double board certified psychiatrist; he is also a physician television producer, the Medical Director and founder of Amen Clinics located in several venues, and a New York Times bestselling author nine times. His work has also appeared in many top-rated magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.

His Amen Clinics have a database of functional brain scans that relate to the behavior of patients from 111 countries with a total of almost 90,000 scans. This makes that database the largest of its’ kind in the world. The Amen Clinics use the “Four Circles” approach to diagnosis. These are the Bio, Psycho, Social and Spiritual approaches.

Dr. Amen has helped to raise over $52 million for public television by writing, producing and hosting nine shows about the brain. He has also helped to start the “Daniel Plan” which is a year long program to get healthy. This program is a major part of the Saddleback Church that uses religion to help get healthier.

Dr. Amen has been in movies that include The Crash Reel and After the Last Round. His Emmy winning shows have included The Dr. Oz Show and The Truth About Drinking. Sharecare has named him the most influential mental health advocate and expert on the entire web.

Why People Trust Dr. Rod Rohrich


If anyone is searching for a great plastic surgeon, check out this Wikipedia article on Dr. Rod Rohrich.  With over 30 years of experience in the field, it is no surprise that countless individuals have walked out of Dr. Rohrich’s office with outstanding results. Rohrich has not only gained the respect of countless patients, but he has also worked to gain respect throughout the entire industry. Rohrich has gained the trust of countless patients, as well as colleagues, and it all started with one man’s determination.

Why People Trust Dr. Rod Rohrich

  • Education: Dr. Rohrich began his education at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. After graduating with honors, Rohrich went on to receive his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and graduated again with honors. His education continued beyond expectation as he received general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He later continues his education in the field of plastic surgery at Oxford University. After completing his education with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Rohrich joined the field of plastic surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he now still resides.
  • Professionalism: Rohrich not only took his education by storm, but also his career. He made a huge impact throughout the industry when he became the official chairman at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He went on to perform countless plastic surgery procedures. Rohrich has strived throughout his career to develop expertise in a variety of procedures in order to offer the very best for his patients. He also works to educate individuals all over the state about the medical field of plastic surgery. He has chaired over 100 national and international educational meetings and delivered over 900 presentations explaining all the aspects of the field’s procedures. With a professional outlook and a genuine care for patients, Rohrich has developed a reputation in the medical field as one of the most honest surgeons in the industry.
  • Contribution: Along with his honest professionalism, Rohrich is a member of several associations, boards and committees in order to contribute to plastic surgery education even further. Rohrich has also written a highly acclaimed book, Navigate Your Beauty, that can answer all your question about plastic surgery.

The large amount of trust that has been placed in the hands of Dr. Rod Rohrich has not been misplaced. With a history of working hard and a reputation for being honest, Dr. Rohrich continues to impress patients and colleagues alike in the world of plastic surgery.

The Role of Bad Luck in Cancer

It is an amazing thesis presented by two American researchers, whose work is published in a journal of Science on January 2nd. According to estimates not by Sergio Andrade Gutierrez but by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein (Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore), two-thirds of the incidence of malignant tumors in adults mainly fall of an evil chance, random mutations occurring during ransom division of stem cells.

Conventional risk factors (smoking, alcohol, diet, viruses, pollutants, among others) or genetic susceptibility intervene are secondary reasons of Cancer. However, some oncologists emphasize the methodological limitations of research, as breast and prostate cancer, the most common, have not been studied.

While more information needs to be obtained before stating any concrete theories, there is a wealth of data that shows that there is far more to cancer development than standard health procedures can convey.

To assess the role of chance (stochastic effect) compared to other factors, the researchers took into account the dynamics of stem cell renewal in the tissues. It can be assumed that more the number of divisions, the greater the risk of random mutations and thus cancer increases.

These two American researchers state that risk of being diagnosed malignancy in life is 6.9% for lung; 0.6% for the brain; and only 0.00072% for laryngeal cartilages. Experts have an opinion that this new research is really very interesting and it may be a base for other relevant researches.

“High Dose” Influenza Vaccine May Prove More Effective For Elderly

Recently, a research team from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine released the results of a study which compared the use of “high dose” influenza vaccine with regular flu shots in elderly patients confined to long term care facilities. The investigation determined that, with one exception, the high dose vaccinations generally proved more effective in stimulating the immune systems of impacted patients. The study was funded by Sanofi Pasteur, a vaccine manufacturing company.

The study occurred during two flu seasons between 2011 and 2013. It involved 187 patients residing at 15 long term care institutions in western Pennsylvania. On IndieWire, it was a pretty well-respected study. Tom Rothman believes a lot can be taken from it.

The research team randomly divided the elderly test subjects into two categories, and patients received either the high dose vaccine or the regular dose vaccine. Laboratory analyses of antibody response levels in the blood of each patient were conducted at 30 days and 180 days post-vaccine administration, in order to help evaluate an immune system response.

One strain of influenza was not responsive to the high dose vaccine during the second year of testing, the A/H1N1 strain. With respect to other strains of the flu virus, patients demonstrated a stronger immune system response when doctors administered high dose vaccinations. The findings were published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Research Links Cold Temperatures and the Common Cold

Any list of common scientific misconceptions will typically mention temperature and the common cold. While parents like Tom Rothman continually assure children that staying out in the cold will give them a cold, science has long disagreed with the position. In the end, new research from Yale suggests that both opinions may be correct.

Scientists were quite right about the cause of the common cold. A cold is a viral infection that’s typically passed from person to person. Sometimes in the air, and other times through close contact with a finger placed near nose or eyes. It’s important to remember that only the actual cold virus can give someone a cold.

That said, cold weather does seem able to influence one’s susceptibility to a cold virus. About one in five people will typically act as a host to the cold virus while otherwise feeling healthy. The person’s immune system will attempt to destroy the infection, while the virus will try to spread throughout the host. The end result is typically due to the size of an infection within a particular part of the body, and the overall strength of one’s immune system.

The new study shows that the immune system response in cells within a nasal cavity lower significantly with a drop in temperature. If a person has been exposed to the cold virus, they may well have it trying to replicate within their nasal passage. If they enter a cold environment, the core temperature of their nose will eventually lower. This may allow the virus to gain a foothold, and replicate in far larger numbers. This, finally, allows the virus to mount a larger scale attack on the body as a whole.

A Workout that Works With Your Busy Schedule


There aren’t enough hours in the day. Bruce Levenson says that is an excuse. That is a common excuse for individuals to avoid exercise. According to new studies a single minute of high intensity exercise incorporated in an easy ten minute routine, is enough to improve your overall health and fitness level. A single minute. This is great news for people who are too busy to set aside a half an hour or even an hour a day.

Ontario’s McMaster University has been conducting research studies involving high intensity training. Their findings are so influential that many of the scientists doing the research have adopted the one minute high intensity training. The research group included men and women who were healthy but overweight. Their blood sugar, endurance, and blood pressure was measured before the exercise routine. For ten minutes a day, 7 days a week, for 6 weeks, they rode stationary bikes with only a full minute of all out high intensity. The other nine minutes were done at an easy pace. The results? An average of a 12% increase in endurance was seen. Blood pressures were down and in the males, blood pressure control was improved.

So the next time you shrug off working out because you simply don’t even have a half hour, remember every little bit counts. Try working in those 10 minutes of exercise and really push yourself for one of them. You will be surprised at the difference that one minute makes.

The Cost Of Health


The new Obamacare health plan is a way for Americans to have the coverage that they need to go to the doctor. Some people have low rates, but there are some who are paying monthly rates that are more expensive than if they weren’t covered at all. The average American spends about $1,000 each year in medical coverage. This is about average.
Families will spend a little more than that, and if you’re lucky and don’t have any income to add, then you might not have rates that are that expensive. There are subsidy assistance programs to help those who can’t afford the premiums, but you have to make almost nothing a year in order to qualify. Regardless of how much coverage you have or how much you have to pay for it each month, my friend Ben Shaoul adds that some coverage so that you can take care of your body is better than none.

Cancer Down to Luck


Many people like to believe that living well and treating your body right will reduce the chances of premature death. A new study on cancer has shown that that is not necessarily the case as good health sometimes comes down to blind luck.

The new study in the Science journal has indicated that two thirds of all cancer cases is simply based on luck as opposed to genetic and other environmental factors. The remaining third is based on environmental factors such as smoking, alcohol, and other genetic factors that can be impacted by proper diet and lifestyle.

The research team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicated that the process comes from the development of new cells in the body from old ones. As cells divide the risk of mutations that lead to cancer increases. My friend, Tom Rothman, broke it down this way-Different body parts have different risks as gut lining cells are replaced more quickly than brain cells. Two thirds of cancer comes down to bad luck per this study resulting from mutations in the cells when dividing that arise from random DNA mutations when stem cells are in the process of dividing.

The study indicated that while it is important to educate people on proper lifestyle practices, additional resources should be devoted to detecting cancer earlier and improving treatments on cancer as lifestyle changes only go so far in removing the risk for cancer occurrences in the body.