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When should I stop my anti-coagulation before surgery?


Anticoagulants are commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots in the heart, leg veins and lungs, especially in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation, artificial heart valves, deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.  Anticoagulants will increase the risk of bleeding with any surgical procedure.  The need for anticoagulation should be balanced against the risk of […]

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Preparing for Surgery


Prepare yourself and those around you before surgery. The more support you have before your procedure, the less anxious you will feel during the process. Here is a checklist of what you can do ahead of time to make your recovery optimal. Determine who will be taking you home after your procedure. Plan to have […]

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Avoid Tanning Beds


Despite warnings about melanoma risk, young women and teens still prefer to tan. According to a survey by the American Academy of Dermatology, among almost 4,000 girls ages 14 to 22, the vast majority (81 percent) said they sunbathe outdoors either frequently or occasionally. Recent recommendations from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a subsidiary of the World […]

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Wear Sunblock


A survey conducted by Harris Interactive, on behalf of Neutrogena, revealed that despite educational efforts, there is a major gap between what doctors recommend and what Americans actually do when it comes to sun-safe behavior. While one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime, the survey found that only […]

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Check Your Moisturizer


Check the label of your moisturizer to ensure it has adequate amounts of key ingredients that protect against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) rays. A study was conducted looking at 29 best-selling daily facial creams. Researchers found that most creams—regardless of cost, popularity, or sun protection factor (SPF)—provided inadequate or no protection against […]

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Cover Your Mouth & Wash Your Hands


Illnesses spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. Typically, an infected person coughs or sneezes and these droplets move through the air and land on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Germs can also be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then […]

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