Pain Management: The Opioid Crisis Sparks a Painful New Reality

Pain management has become a way of life for many Americans. Nothing erodes the quality of life faster than pain, and unfortunately, more than half of American adults report they deal with it on a chronic, recurring basis. That makes it easy to understand why, when seem­ingly safe, effective opioid drugs became widely available in the 1990s, they were quickly …

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Prescriptions: Take Exactly as Directed

Prescription for Health: “Take Exactly as Directed” Look inside your medicine cabinet at your prescription bottles and ask: Have I read the label, stickered warnings and instructions? Have I discarded medications past their expiration dates? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 80 percent of patients do not take their medications as prescribed. The prevalence of non-adherence to prescription …

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Inoculations

Inoculations:  Are You Up To Date? Vaccinations are a vital part of preventive health maintenance beginning in infancy. Some vaccines that we received as children should be repeated in adulthood, and there are others that are specifically targeted for diseases that adults become susceptible to as they age. Additionally, some adults may not have received certain vaccinations as children and …

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Statins – Offering a viable option for improving a cholesterol profile

Statins – A viable option for improving your cholesterol profile With heart disease the single leading cause of death in America and stroke the third leading cause, the use of statins offers many patients viable treatment and prevention options not previously available. Controlling your cholesterol level is an important factor in maintaining good health. Cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which …

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Aspirin? Tylenol? Advil? Aleve?…What’s the difference?

 Aspirin? Tylenol? Advil? Aleve? What’s the Difference? You’ve no doubt heard the question, “Does anyone have an aspirin?” Most of the time, people don’t have a particular brand in mind, just as people ask for a Kleenex when they want a tissue or Xerox when they want to make a copy. But, with aspirin-like products – Bayer, Bufferin, Motrin, Advil, …

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Shingles Vaccine

Shingles Vaccine You’ve probably had chickenpox. Perhaps your parents even exposed you to the virus as a small child, when you were likely to have a mild case and be done with it. However, the virus remains dormant in your body throughout your lifetime, and could reappear at any time as a painful disease called “shingles” (medical term herpes zoster). …

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Medications – What you should know!

Things to Know about Your Medications Here are some common medication questions—with answers! Are generics and branded drugs identical? Patients wonder why generics don’t look or taste the same as branded drugs, and they worry about generics’ side-effects. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “The active ingredient (in generic drugs) is chemically the same as the branded counterpart.” …

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