10/24/14

Retail Therapy

It's Holiday Shopping Season and prime time to losen the purse strings and take the stores by storm. Whether you brave the crowds at the mall or click away from the comfort of your couch, you're playing your part in the evolution of a great american tradition. SHOPPING!

Back in the day people were limited to mail-order catalogs and Montgomery Ward and Sears made millions from our Grandparents. Today we have so many choices and we are still looking for that TV at the rock bottom price. Bargain hunting in 2014 involves everything from big box stores, shopping villages, online stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Some online stores are opening brick and mortar locations to capture those shoppers who still like to see and touch merchandise. I am one of the touch & feel customers, who love to shop the clearance rack with additional discounts inhand, and do not mind spending hours scourging the racks. But, we have to be more diligent this year with our banking & credit card information and not trust the sales person behind the register to keep our info in

10/19/14

New Pap

If your Physician mentions Cobas HPV Test to you, do not be alarmed. Recently the FDA has approved Cobas HPV Test for cancer screening. This test may replace the old Pap Smear as the first line screening for human papillomavirus. It works by detecting certain strands of DNA associated with developing cervical cancer (versus a pap, whch ID's already atypical cells).  The FDA first approved the test, called the Cobas HPV Test in 2011 for use in conjunction with or as a follow-up to a Pap test (cell cytology), which examines cervical cells for changes that might become cervical cancer. Now they have expanded the use of the test to include use as either a co-test or as a primary cervical cancer screening test.  Medical guidelines have not been updated yet, but given the buzz, Cobas could be the new go-to test in the very near future. Do your research (read the FDA announcement) and discuss any and all testing with your Doctor before making any decisions &/or assumptions!
Take Care of YOU!


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