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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Pharmacists Tara Storjohann and Jessica Wooster talk how to protect yourself from the sun

Sun Protection 101  Pharmacists Tara Storjohann and Jessica Wooster talk how to protect yourself from the sun.  Summer has arrived, which means spending more time outside (most likely poolside) with friends and family. Increased sun exposure is a danger that we are often unaware of on a daily basis. Think of what you currently do to shield yourself from the sun, and chances are you might not be doing enough ...

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How to dispose of prescription drugs

Medication Disposal  Pharmacists Mardoqueo Martinez and Tara Storjohann talk disposing prescription drugs. QUESTION: I’m writing you because I currently work as a pharmacist in Anthem and we’ve had quite a few patients recently come in and ask about how they can properly dispose of prescription medications. I know you have a section in the magazine that you contribute to and this could be something to add i ...

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Pharmacists Mardoqueo Martinez and Tara Storjohann debate the use of electronic cigarettes

E-Cigarettes Pharmacists Mardoqueo Martinez and Tara Storjohann debate the use of electronic cigarettes.  QUESTION: My son came home from college this past month and while catching up with him I discovered that he had started using electronic cigarettes. He is very open about these things and let me know many of his friends in college are using electronic cigarettes too. These “new age” cigarettes seem like ...

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How to take Pilates to the next level

Pilates Pro Here’s how to take Pilates to the next level––just like professional athletes do! By Stephanie Dorworth When you study athletes and their training programs, you can almost always be certain you will see strength training in their repertoire. When you look at elite athletes, often times you will learn they invest even more time into preparing their bodies to be the best by practicing Pilates. Pil ...

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Try these medications to ease the symptoms of allergies

Allergy Attack  Try these medications to ease the symptoms of allergies. By Tara Storjohann and Ashlie Temple Question: Every year in the spring, I have terrible sneezing attacks, runny nose, and itchy eyes. I’m wondering whether these are allergies, and if so how can I prevent myself from suffering this year? Answer: Ah, spring. It’s a time for love, warming weather, outdoor activities and glorious, colorf ...

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