Dr. Travis Stork: H5N1 Bird Flu Scare
Dr. Travis Stork said there is controversy surrounding a vaccine developed to fight bird flu. Scientists in the Netherlands created a highly contagious strain, which some experts now worry could be used as a biochemical weapon.
This strain has the potential to become airborne and is possibly lethal to humans, Dr. Andrew Ordon said. This is also known as the H5N1 virus. Dr. Stork explained that viruses by nature mutate, which is why bird flu and swine flu have been making news in recent years.
All The Doctors weighed in on the situation. Dr. Jim Sears said that in developing this in a lab, you set the stage for it to accidentally be unleashed, threatening the public. Dr. Lisa Masterson worried about its potential for biochemical warfare.
Dr. Travis Stork said the frequency of air travel these days accelerates the spread of these kinds of airborne viruses. That’s why airports are a germ factory, you guys.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: Birth Control Pills Cause Blood Clots
Research shows that blood clots are more likely for women taking newer formulations of Birth Control Pills. Birth Control Pills containing Drospirenone seem to be linked to a higher risk of blood clots, especially in the first few months after starting to use these pills, according to news reports.
The Doctors TV: Drospirenone Birth Control
Dr. Lisa Masterson said all Birth Control Pills containing estrogen can increase the risk of blood clots. That is why they are a prescription medication. Smokers and women over 35 are especially at risk for blood clots, which Dr. Masterson said is why doctors don’t like to prescribe Birth Control Pills to women over 35 who smoke. Obesity and a history of blood disorders can also increase your risk for blood clots.
The Doctors discussed that there are conflicting studies related to the clotting risk of Drospirenone, because the clotting risk tends to be rare unless other risk factors are present. Dr. Masterson recommended consulting your doctor if you have concerns about clotting or your family history. She said you should not stop taking your birth control without talking to your physician.