USPSTF Backs Aspirin for Primary Prevention – Medpage Today

But CVD, colon cancer recommendation still has very thin evidence, experts caution

Source: CardioBrief: USPSTF Backs Aspirin for Primary Prevention | Medpage Today

Still taking daily aspirin?  Stopped?  Confused?

Join the club.  I’ve been following this issue for years.  Read more here, here, and and here.

Mortality Risk Increased Post Joint Surgery in RA | Medpage Today

Joint surgery linked to short-term mortality and longer-term heart attack and mortality

  • Among patients undergoing joint surgery, those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have almost double the risk of death at 6 weeks compared with those without RA, as well as an increased risk of death and myocardial infarction (MI) at 1 year.

  • Note that the risks are elevated not just for surgeries like hip joint replacement, but also for relatively minor procedures such as shoulder surgery.

Source: Mortality Risk Increased Post Joint Surgery in RA | Medpage Today

I Decided Not to be a Writer – I’m OK With That

Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.

Source: Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck – The Atlantic

Neal Gabler is a visiting professor in the MFA Creative Writing and Literature Program at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Edward Kennedy and five other books.

Ever since my undergraduate days I’ve dreamed of being a writer.  Not only do I love to write but I have to write.  I write almost every day.  I just don’t get paid to write.  Having just read Neal Gabler’s article I feel the decision to pursue a different line of work and become a non-writer was a good decision.  I just never thought that 40 years later I would be doing what I did for a living as a 22 year old kid fresh out of college.

No regrets.