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Professional gaming injuries include back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome according to the Washington Post.

Professional gaming injuries include back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome according to the Washington Post. When we think of professional sports, we think of tennis, football or games such as baseball.   Few think of professional gaming as a sport, but it has become a high paying spectator sport where the superstars can make millions of dollars through winning tournaments and professional endorsements. Many of these athletes are affiliated with gaming teams which would make gaming a team sport. Are professional gamer’s athletes? Gamers will spend hours playing different games and they compete in tournaments that are attended by their fans Read More »

Are the new blood pressure guidelines making your pressure high?

Are the new blood pressure guidelines making your pressure high? Is your blood pressure high?  According to the new guidelines, it may be high now. For most of us, visiting the doctor includes their documentation of what we weigh and what our blood pressure is.   If you pressure is too high it can increase the risk of a stroke or other vascular event.  If it is too low, it may mean we are having a different type of problem that may require medical attention. Recently, as reported in the Washington Post, The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology Read More »

Powerful doctors you don’t know are making decisions about your health. Here’s how.

Powerful doctors you don’t know are making decisions about your health.  Here’s how. The last few years have seen many sacred cows regarding cancer prevention and screening procedures for other diseases reduced or in some cases eliminated. Examples of this includes Mammogram’s frequency and age requirements and the use of the PSA tests on men.   While groups like the American Cancer Society have advocated for years certain screens, the data, it turns out never supported anything they said.  What is true is that many people have been screened and terrified unnecessarily when screened for certain disease processes, and many of them Read More »

Is the Stethoscope outdated? What are cardiologists now using for more accurate diagnosis of heart and lung problems.

Is the Stethoscope outdated?  What are cardiologists now using for more accurate diagnosis of heart and lung problems. Is the stethoscope dead?   If you go into any ER, or doctors office, the familiar vision of the doctor with the while jacket who has a stethoscope slung around their necks is a common site. Newer technologies are on the horizon that can soon replace this ancient medical tool for listening to the hearts and lungs of their patients.   The use of computers, cell phones and apps may soon diagnose more accurately heart problems that a doctor or nurse may miss.   The Read More »

One strategy to overpriced hospital bills that is paying off; Don’t pay. Check out this Washington Post article

One strategy to overpriced hospital bills that is paying off; Don’t pay. Check out this Washington Post article. There is nothing I hate more than an overpriced hospital bill. I have firsthand experience with the rules that allow the greed, while we as consumers are threatened by their collection agency and other egregious tactics. A number of years ago, my wife visited her doctor in the doctors office and other than a biopsied sample, this was a well care checkup. We received two bills, one for services ($1200) and a second for a facility fee ($3200) for this typical 10 Read More »