Health Tips

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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How Health Literacy Affects Both Patients and Providers

Author: Kris Admire, Certified Case Manager  Health literacy from a patient’s perspective describes a patient’s ability to read and understand information and directions relating to healthcare. From a healthcare provider’s perspective, health literacy is about communicating information clearly and effectively. Health literacy involves a variety of healthcare topics. Common questions relating to health literacy include:…

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7 Tips to Manage a Chronic Condition in College

Author: Justin Woods, Clinical Pharmacist  Managing a chronic illness in college can be an adjustment. For many young adults, it’s their first time living away from home and taking more responsibility for managing their chronic condition. Here are seven tips to manage a chronic condition in college to make your transition easier. Manage Your Schedule…

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Cycling Benefits for Arthritis Pain

Author: Matt Way, Clinical Pharmacist  Cycling is gaining momentum as a popular hobby and a fun way to stay active. For people with pain and joint stiffness from arthritis, cycling can be a great exercise option. You can enjoy numerous health benefits from cycling regularly.  Routine daily activities that rely upon proper balance, strength, and…

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Health Insurance Basics for People with Chronic Conditions

Authors: Molly Gard, HR Director and Julie Zatizabal, SVP of Trade Relations  Autumn is a great time to reevaluate your current health benefits and make decisions about your policy for next year. Understanding health insurance can be a headache, especially if you have a chronic health condition. At Amber Pharmacy, we help our patients maximize…

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