Fall Prevention

Local pharmacists talk about how to decrease the risk of falling.   By Julie Acosta and Tara Storjohann Question: My friend’s mom recently fell and went to the hospital with a broken hip. Now I’m worried about my elderly parents. What can they do to prevent falling? Answer: Unfortunately, fall rates are increasing in older adults. The good news, there are ways to help your parents prevent falls but fir ...

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Seven Steps to Get Your Mojo Back This Summer

By Dr. Sherrie Campbell   Mojo is that magical charisma you carry that makes you feel good and infectious to others. If you’ve lost your mojo and want to be a better you this summer, here are seven ways to get your mojo back and keep it flourishing: Change your environment: Change the environments in your life that are grey and uninspiring. Do some of your work out of the office, redecorate your house ...

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Managing Rights and Risks for College-Aged Children

Once a child reaches the age of 18, parents lose certain rights to their healthcare information but continue to be responsible for certain of their financial choices, accidents, and liabilities. Rights In the event of a medical illness, injury, hospitalization, or incapacity, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) limits use, disclosure, and release of individually identifiable heal ...

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Lowering Healthcare Costs

By Paul Breslau, Breslau Insurance & Benefits Inc.   What do medical treatments really cost? We know that health insurance premiums are sky-high with big deductibles and high out-of-pocket limits. We seldom know true costs of medical care and prescriptions, which have been hidden behind co-pays, deductibles, and government programs. There are tools that can help determine costs. For example:   For ...

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Local pharmacists talk about using antibiotics wisely

Growing Resistance  Local pharmacists talk about using antibiotics wisely. By Alex Hadesman and Tara Storjohann     QUESTION: “I hate going to the doctor when I am sick only to be told that I have a virus and the only thing I can do is let it run its course. It is frustrating to not get an antibiotic! Isn’t there a chance an antibiotic would work even if I do have a virus?” ANSWER: The use of anti ...

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Sun FAQs

Sun FAQs It’s July, and that means backyard barbeques, pool parties, and triple digit heat. Pharmacist Tara Storjohann sat down with fellow pharmacist Martin Faridian to learn more about sun safety.   What is a sunburn? The sun emits powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage the RNA in skin cells. This aggravates the neighboring cells to mount an inflammatory response, which we recognize as a sunburn. ...

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Local pharmacists offer suggestions on how to handle allergy symptoms

Seasonal Allergies  Local pharmacists offer suggestions on how to handle allergy symptoms. By Anissa Marzuki and Tara Storjohann   QUESTION: I have bad allergies! What can I do to get rid of these pesky symptoms? ANSWER: Seasonal allergies can be a curse for many people during the spring and fall months when the beautiful desert weather is the envy of all our out-of-state friends. Those beautiful sprin ...

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Local pharmacists talk about the bodily effects of alcohol

Booze  Local pharmacists talk about the bodily effects of alcohol. By Martin Faridian and Tara Storjohann   Alcohol and the Body Question: What happens when I drink alcohol? When you drink alcohol, it’s absorbed in the stomach and distributed to other to parts of the body through the bloodstream. One of the first things you’ll notice is a slight euphoria or buzz. This is because alcohol is a very small ...

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What you need to know about the latest weight-loss trend

Garcinia Cambogia What you need to know about the latest weight-loss trend. By Judy Dang and Tara Storjohann Weight-loss is a topic that will always be surrounded by new trends or supplements that may guarantee fast and easy results. The buzz of garcinia cambogia has increased as celebrities have openly advocated for its use to shed pounds quickly. Before beginning any weight-loss agent, it is always import ...

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Incorporate tires into your workout for total body fitness

Get Tire-d  Incorporate tires into your workout for total body fitness. By Stephanie Dorworth Model: Zach Dorworth Around the Valley, a workout trend has been spreading. I’m referencing the workout trend using tires. Many gyms have them lying around and some primal gyms use them as the sole form of weight for strength training and conditioning. As a fitness expert, I can tell you that incorporating tires am ...

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