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

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, 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, Health policy, Politics

Fighting for Blood Clot Patients?

I want to like Hillary Clinton.  I do. I'd love to see a female president one day. It's just that every time I see and hear the Hillary Clinton campaign slogan “Fighting for Us”, I can’t help but think of the one population Clinton is not fighting for:   her fellow patients at risk for venous… Continue reading Fighting for Blood Clot Patients?