Tag Archives: Health

Call First, Act Later

Call First, Act Later

One of the most rewarding parts of my work as a 
pharmacist is answering questions people have about their medicines. It is also one of my most frustrating jobs, especially when people call with a question about a medication that they have already taken. At that point, I’m unable to help them avoid potential drug […] ... More
MRSA Update

MRSA Update

What’s the latest news about MRSA bacteria? A family member has this dangerous infection. Beth J. North Carolina MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus) is an ordinary germ that became dangerous when it was no longer vulnerable to penicillin and the other “-cillin” antibiotics. MRSA infections have been occurring in hospitals for years, but a new type […] ... More

New Hand Therapy

A unanimous decision by an FDA advisory committee on September 16, 2009, paves the way for full approval of a novel and noninvasive treatment to restore hand function (and quality of life) for people with the potentially disabling condition called Dupuytren’s contracture. ... More
On the Horizon: Breath Tests for Health?

On the Horizon: Breath Tests for Health?

In the future, a sophisticated sensor being developed at the University of Missouri may analyze breath or urine samples for chemical clues about what is happening inside the body. The test will help determine whether the patient has breast cancer, lung cancer, diabetes or asthma. The device, known as the opto-fluidic ring resonator (OFRR), detects […] ... More

Diabetes: Foot Care

A new bathroom scale with illuminated mirrors may help people with diabetes rise to the challenge of managing the disease and avoiding its big time complications. Daily foot exams and meticulous foot care help detect and treat minor problems before they develop into major ones. The Insight Foot Care Scale allows for thorough and safe […] ... More
Walk Away Leg Pain

Walk Away Leg Pain

Intermittent claudication (cramping or pain caused by decreased blood flow to the lower leg muscles) is a common symptom in people with peripheral artery disease. Pain usually increases when the person walks, rather than when at rest. A new study from The Netherlands concludes that community-based walking programs offer an effective and cost efficient way […] ... More
Breast Cancer: Better Test, Better Treatment

Breast Cancer: Better Test, Better Treatment

A new test called chromogenic in situ hybridization (CISH) looks for color changes in cancer cells to help identify — without ultra-expensive microscopes — those that are sensitive to certain therapies. Unlike other tests, it can be used on tissue samples stored in the lab. The Food and Drug Administration approved the CISH test last year, and biopsy test […] ... More
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