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Should I Take a Daily Aspirin?

August 5th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

There are few topics that create more confusion among people than the question of whether or not to take an aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack.  If you do take an aspirin, what is the best dose?  Should you take a full 325 mg adult aspirin tablet or an 81 mg baby aspirin? Should you perhaps compromise and just lick an aspirin tablet every day?

The truth is that the correct answers to these questions are still evolving.… Read the rest

Do I Have a Real Medical Problem, or Am I Just Old?

October 4th, 2011 By Steven Knope, MD

The following blog post originally appeared as Dr. Knope’s October 2011 edition of The Pearl, his monthly email newsletter. To subscribe, click here.


Welcome to our new monthly medical newsletter, The Pearl. Over the past couple of months, I’ve asked many of you to tell me what you want from future newsletters. Several of you said that you wanted a shorter, more frequent letter, preferably sent via e-mail.

In response to this request, I’ve decided that each month I will select one or two medical questions that I believe to be important to you.… Read the rest