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The Downside of Taking Aspirin: When Bleeding Won’t Stop

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’m constantly amazed by the effect even the lowest dose of aspirin has on bleeding. I’ll be putting pressure on a cut, and the bleeding will just not be stopping. The person with the cut will have already told me they have no known bleeding disorders and haven’t taken any aspirin, and I’ll ask again. “Well, I did take something a few days ago. It may have had aspirin in it.” Or, “Oh, I do take a baby aspirin.” Voila. I have my answer. I’ll just have to apply pressure for ten minutes instead of five, Or twenty minutes instead of ten. Aspirin doesn’t stay in the system that long, but its effect on bleeding does. Here’s how. […]

By | March 12th, 2013|Cuts, Skin|15 Comments

Medical Reasons for Unexplained Weight Gain: 8 Causes

There are medical causes for seemingly unexplained weight gain. Here, we describe eight reasons, along with some typical symptoms and treatments. [Editor’s note: This article was originally hosted on MyFamilyDoctorMag.com, our sister site. It’s now featured here as part of our new general-health section.] […]