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Over-the-Counter Medications — December 2018

Over-the-Counter Medications — December 2018

Taking These (and Supplements) Safely Over-the-counter medications (OTC) are easy to find at the store. They offer relief from common health problems like stuffy noses, seasonal allergies and achy muscles. They also can help prevent problems like constipation and nausea. You may feel empowered to solve a health issue without having to see your primary… Continue Reading

Complementing Your Medical Care — October 2018

Complementing Your Medical Care — October 2018

With Approaches That Benefit Your Health According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 30 percent of adults use healthcare approaches developed outside of mainstream western medicine. These approaches are called complementary and alternative —terms that are often used interchangeably. However, it is important to note that they are different. Continue Reading

Calcium and Vitamin D — September 2018

Calcium and Vitamin D — September 2018

Essential Nutrients that Work Hand-in-Hand No matter our age, our bodies need calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, as well as other important functions. However, without enough vitamin D, calcium can’t be absorbed by the body. What happens then? The body draws from calcium stored in the bones,… Continue Reading

Ah, Summertime! — July 2018

Ah, Summertime! — July 2018

How to Enjoy It While Staying Safe Picnics, roasting marshmallows, swimming, camping, fishing—you name it—these are the treasures of summer. With longer days and schools closed, summer often means vacation time. But even if your summer doesn’t include a vacation, you’ve likely shed some layers and are spending more time outdoors. Being outside is a… Continue Reading

Is Personalized Medicine for You? — January 2018

Is Personalized Medicine for You? — January 2018

Evolving Field of Medicine Offers Promise Healthcare providers have always sought to individualize care for their patients. But now, advances in medical research allow providers to study a person’s genes, offering another tool to guide decisions about preventing, diagnosing and treating disease. Personalized medicine, also called precision or individualized medicine, is an evolving field where… Continue Reading

How Walking Can Extend Life — December 2017

How Walking Can Extend Life — December 2017

Even Minimal Walking Offers Health Benefits You don’t have to run or bike intensively to get the health advantages of regular exercise. A new study by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) showed that 120 minutes or less of moderate-intensity walking each week can add longevity to your life. 120 minutes? That’s less than… Continue Reading

Confusing Cancer Terminology — November 2017

Confusing Cancer Terminology — November 2017

Making Sense During Difficult Times Almost 13 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year. People may experience unexplained pain, weight loss, fatigue and other symptoms followed by screening tests, imaging, and maybe biopsies before getting the dreaded diagnosis. Learning that you or a loved one has cancer is overwhelming and stressful. Continue Reading

It’s Not Just Flu Shot Season — October 2017

It’s Not Just Flu Shot Season — October 2017

Time to Review Your Vaccination Status Vaccines are among the most cost-effective prevention services around. They do more than protect you from getting preventable diseases; they also reduce the spread of disease. If you’ve been vaccinated for an infectious disease (measles, chickenpox, hepatitis, influenza, etc.), you greatly reduce the risk of getting that disease and… Continue Reading

Deprescribing: A Growing Trend — August 2017

Deprescribing: A Growing Trend — August 2017

What Was Good Then May Not Be Now It is becoming more and more common for people to take five or more medications. The more medications a person takes, the greater their risk for negative health outcomes, such as reduced quality of life, increased side effects, drug interactions, physical or mental impairment, falls, addiction, hospitalization… Continue Reading

The Opioid Epidemic — May 2017

The Opioid Epidemic — May 2017

Taking Ownership and Being Part of the Solution You’ve heard the news reports about the dangers of opioid medications such as codeine, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone. While opioids can be an appropriate and effective treatment for pain, the U.S. has the highest rates of opioid use in the world. According to the National… Continue Reading

Shared Healthcare Decision-Making — April 2017

Shared Healthcare Decision-Making — April 2017

How to Improve Outcomes and Decrease Costs Numerous studies performed in the last 10 years suggest that patients who actively participate in making healthcare decisions with their doctors report greater satisfaction with their care, better outcomes and lower costs. For example, a study reported in Health Affairs of 33,163 patients at a large healthcare facility… Continue Reading

Medication Errors at Home  — February 2017

Medication Errors at Home — February 2017

How to Reduce Risk and Prevent Mistakes Prescription and over-the-counter medications provide major health improvements for people, but they also pose potential risks. Adverse drug events — harm as a result of exposure to a medication — are associated with hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits and hospitalizations each year. Home medication errors happen… Continue Reading

Wasteful Medical Spending — January 2017

Wasteful Medical Spending — January 2017

Is There Anything You Can Do? It is widely documented that the U.S. spends more on healthcare per person than any other country, yet much research shows that Americans are not healthier as a result. Wasteful spending accounts for 30 percent of the $3.2 trillion spent on healthcare each year. That’s $960 billion of waste… Continue Reading

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