The Painful New Reality of Opioid Prescriptions

Health Wise Summer 2016 Hasson FINAL 300x291Nothing erodes the quality of life faster than pain and unfortunately more than half of American adults report they live 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 embraced by physicians and patients. Considered […]

Unlocking the Genetic Code: Spotlighting Pharmacogenomics

Hasson HW 2017 Summer FINAL 1This is the first in a series exploring some of the most promising advances inspired by the Human Genome project. From the burgeoning field of pharmacogenomics to consumer genetic testing such as 23 and Me, the time from discovery to application is progressing rapidly. We’ll look at some of the latest thinking and its impact […]

Prescriptions: Take Exactly as Directed

HW Summer2014 Prescription 300x190Look 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 directions has […]

Food/Drug Interaction Awareness

medicine and citrus 300x225For some of us, an increase in the use of prescription drugs might be a rite of passage as we age. For others who live with a chronic illness, taking several prescription drugs daily is routine. In any circumstance, patients should be knowledgeable about their own medication’s possible side effects, as well as how each […]

Statins – Offering a viable option for improving a 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 can lead to strokes and […]

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, Tylenol, Aleve […]

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 […]

Medications – What you should know!

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.” Regarding […]