Health Tips

Measles Outbreaks: A Reminder of Why We Vaccinate

Author: Paige Blatchford, Clinical Pharmacist The recent increase in measles outbreaks is both concerning and frustrating for many parents, healthcare providers and community members across the U.S. Measles is a highly contagious infection that can lead to serious health complications. Although the disease had nearly been eliminated from the U.S., it’s still making people sick.…

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Comorbidities: Managing Multiple Chronic Diseases

Author: Matt Way, Clinical Pharmacist It’s common for people with one chronic condition to develop additional, coexisting conditions. When these additional disease states exist at the same time as the original or primary condition, regardless of how they started, we refer to them as comorbidities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in…

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7 Self-Checks to Test Your Health at Home

Author: Michele, Registered Nurse  Regular checkups are an important way to monitor your health. It’s a good idea for you to become familiar with your body so you can detect changes. Self-exams can help you become aware of potential health problems and work with your doctor to prevent them from worsening. Here are seven self-checks…

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What African-Americans Should Know About High Blood Pressure Risks

Author: Teresa Kelley, Clinical Operations Supervisor  February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month. Many African-Americans across the U.S. have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease and other related complications. This month, we look at the history of high blood pressure prevalence in African-Americans and how to respond to this risk…

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6 Tips to Help You Manage Your Tardive Dyskinesia Diagnosis

Author: Jen Howder, Clinical Pharmacist on the Rare Disease Center of Excellence  Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a rare neurological disorder that can cause jerky, repetitive movements, trouble speaking and other side effects. Although it’s considered rare, TD affects more than 500,000 people in the U.S. This condition is a potential side effect of certain medications…

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Probiotics: What Are They and Are They Actually Good for You?

Author: Megan Hall, Registered Dietitian  Health magazines and fitness gurus are all talking about probiotics. This kind of bacteria is not a new trend. Before you go all-in on probiotics, you should know how it can affect your body, especially if you have a chronic health condition. Learn more about what probiotics are and whether…

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Protect Your Baby from RSV this Winter

Author: Lori Wells, Clinical Pharmacist  Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that can cause an infection in the upper respiratory tract, which includes the mouth, nose and throat, and the lungs. In healthy older children and adults, RSV usually only causes mild disease with symptoms similar to a cold. In infants and those…

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Understanding Lupus: 5 Lifestyle Tips After Your Diagnosis

Authors: Shelby Dick, Pharmacy Intern; Catherine Nguyen, Pharmacy Intern and Connie Kerkhove, Clinical Pharmacist Lupus is an autoimmune disorder. It can be a challenging condition for doctors to diagnose. Once diagnosed, however, many people are able to manage their condition well. Here are five lifestyle tips for after your lupus diagnosis. Understand the Different Types…

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