Blood Clots, Health, Health policy

Direct to consumer thrombophilia testing approved–a good thing?

On April 6, 2017, the FDA  approved marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk tests for 10 diseases or conditions.(FDA Press Release 4-6-17) No prescription or physician needed. These are the first direct-to-consumer tests authorized by the FDA that provide information on an individual’s genetic predisposition to certain medical conditions.  Among them, hereditary… Continue reading Direct to consumer thrombophilia testing approved–a good thing?

Blood Clots

Women and Venous Blood Clots: Life saving information on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women's Day.  One way to honor women is to share life-saving knowledge.  So let's talk about venous blood clots because far too many women do not realize they are uniquely at risk for developing this common, potentially life-threatening condition. What is it? Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot which forms in… Continue reading Women and Venous Blood Clots: Life saving information on International Women’s Day

Blood Clots, Health policy

*EXCLUSIVE* Flawed federal reports used for health policy and funding decisions

  This week, several national news organizations ran a story on a new CDC study which showed rural Americans were more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death than their urban counterparts. Per the study, "the five leading causes of death in the United States during 1999–2014 were heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury,… Continue reading *EXCLUSIVE* Flawed federal reports used for health policy and funding decisions

Blood Clots, Health policy

If everything is called a ‘crisis’ or ‘epidemic’, is anything?    What gets the most attention (and funding) isn’t what is most likely to kill you.

Crisis.  Epidemic.  Public health treat.   These words are routinely bandied about to describe a host of conditions that can kill you.  A quick Google news search of January 6, 2017 returned nearly 4 million results of headline making ‘epidemic’ articles; the top 4 topics:  opioids, flu, stress and gun violence. Without reading a single word,… Continue reading If everything is called a ‘crisis’ or ‘epidemic’, is anything?    What gets the most attention (and funding) isn’t what is most likely to kill you.

Blood Clots, Health policy, Role of information

Fishing for patient plaintiffs

My caller id revealed I received numerous calls in the past few weeks from multiple phone numbers and area codes, but all with the same name of "Xarelto Claims".  Of course, I knew from the start this had to be one of those 'Have you been harmed?' law firms but as a patient advocate, I… Continue reading Fishing for patient plaintiffs

Blood Clots, Health policy, Politics

Blood clot facts relevant to the 2016 Presidential campaign

One Presidential candidate has a history of venous thromboembolims (VTE). How relevant is that to the campaign and have past Presidents had this condition?

Blood Clots, Online information

Coumadin from Canada: the dark side of internet medicine

Like 4 million Americans, I take an anticoagulant drug, also known as a 'blood thinner'. Anticoagulants are used to treat and prevent blood clots in patients with thromboembolic disorders, such as atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism (VTE). They're also very dangerous drugs.  Anticoagulants are the most common medication to cause adverse drug events, with bleeding… Continue reading Coumadin from Canada: the dark side of internet medicine