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Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00 pm

There’s No Season Like Flu Season

The Holiday Season has arrived, along with its traditions of family gatherings, elegant foods, and festive social events. We look forward to visiting family and friends, both near and far, spending precious time together celebrating. For many of us, travel is a large part of our Holiday plans. As we all know, during travel, we are most vulnerable to exposure to a variety of illness-causing viruses and bacteria. Busy, crowded airports, train stations and bus terminals make it a challenge to avoid fellow travelers who may be feeling those first tell-tale signs of a cold.  Flu is no fun and...

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 2:09 pm

Giving Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving Day…the day we traditionally set aside to reflect on the many gifts and Blessings we have received as we journey on our path through life. Have you taken a moment to create your Gratitude List? The list doesn’t need to be in any particular format, length or even written. Expressing our gratitude can be eyeopening!(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Taking time to create a gratitude list gives us perspective, resilience and strength. Acknowledging our gratitude can be an eyeopening exercise. Taking it a step further and expressing our gratitude to those who mean the most to us helps...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:00 am

Honey…A Natural Remedy for Canker Sores

Could it be true that something as simple as honey contains the long sought after remedy to effectively treat minor canker sores? Anyone who has ever experienced the rapid, painful eruption of a canker sore, also known as a recurrent aphthous ulceration (RAU), will appreciate this recently published study* finding. The healing properties of Honey(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) A clinical trial of 94 subjects was conducted to compare the effectiveness of topically applied honey with that of the prescription anti-inflammatory medication triamcinolone and over-the-counter Orabase in the treatment of minor canker sores or RAU.  The clinical parameters examined were ulcer...

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:00 am

Questions For The Pharmacist?

The state mandated offer to counsel, “Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?’, while not new, continues to remain an underutilized patient resource. Granted it may sound like a mere obligatory offer when you hear it repeated patient after patient at the pharmacy counter, but in reality it is so much more. Just ask any Pharmacist. Conversations uncover issues(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) We love to talk with our patients! You are the reason we do what we do on a daily basis. And just in case you are wondering…there are no foolish questions. I believe most of my colleagues...

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Thursday, November 06, 2014 11:00 am

The Great American Smokeout Is Thursday November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20th, is The Great American Smokeout. This day is set aside to draw awareness to the need to quit smoking. In the words of the sponsors: “The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00 am

Is it Hypertension or “White Coat Syndrome” ?

Have you ever entered your doctor’s office feeling relaxed and well, only to be told a half hour later by the nurse that your blood pressure “seems a bit high, so we’ll take it again before you leave”? This is more common than you may think. White coat syndrome starts here(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Some people experience a phenomenon known as “white coat hypertension” or “white coat syndrome” while they are in a clinical setting. These patients are “normotensive” or have a normal blood pressure  when they are on the outside, but once they enter the walls of the medical...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:00 am

Blood Pressure Awareness is Key to Control

How do you answer when asked, “How’s your blood pressure?”Blood pressure awareness is just one of those health metrics that easily slips off the radar when we believe it’s not a problem. Although blood pressure checks are a routine part of our healthcare physical, many of us do not give it much thought once we leave the office.  Some of us may have an idea of whether it is “good” or “bad” but often that is the extent of our recall. Unless we are actively monitoring or attempting to manage our blood pressure most of us are likely to assume...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:00 am

Proper Disposal of “Sharps”

Sharps is the medical term for syringes, needles or other devices that are used to pierce to cut the skin. When insulin was made available to treat Diabetes, self injection and the use of syringes by patients became wide spread. Sharps come in an assortment of designs and devices Since then, advances in biological treatment of diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Hepatitis C, Oncology and others have created an increase in the use of syringes in the home and outside of the controlled health care setting. In addition to injecting, sharps are used to draw blood for diagnosis of...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:00 am

What You Should Know About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

What is HPV? Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is preventable(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 79 million people are infected with HPV in the United States. An additional 14 million new HPV infections are estimated to occur each year. Furthermore, it is estimated that 360,000 people will develop genital warts and 10,000 women will develop cervical cancer each year. These numbers all reflect HPV infections and HPV-related health problems in the United States as reported by the CDC in March...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:00 am

How to Handle a Missed Dose of Medication

It happens more frequently than most of us realize, and yet, it never fails to cause us concern. I am referring to that “Oh, no…now what do I do?” moment when you realize that you’ve forgotten to take your medicine.  Missed doses of medication add up(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) The best proactive advise I can give is the recommendation that patients keep a file of all information received with  the prescription fill. This information may come in handy more often than you expect. The patient prescription information is where you will find instructions for a missed dose specific to your...

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