National Immunization Awareness Month is Upon Us!

National Immunization Awareness Month is Upon Us!

Actually, National Immunization Awareness month (August) is almost over already! But it’s still a great time to talk about the importance of routine adult vaccinations. We’ve all been focused on Covid-19 vaccines in the past several months. You may find the changing recommendations for Covid-19 vaccines confusing or even alarming. But did you know that recommendations for all vaccines change occasionally? Vaccine experts continually collect and analyze data on preventable infections,

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Blood Pressure: Knowing Your Numbers and Goals

Blood Pressure: Knowing Your Numbers and Goals

Greetings, everybody! I am glad to be back after a lengthy absence, and I hope this article finds you well. The topic for this article is blood pressure. Now, I’m confident that most of us have heard about blood pressure. However, how many people know their goal blood pressure, and why it is important to have your blood pressure controlled? I hope to provide answers to clarify some of these

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Statins for Cholesterol — Friend or Foe?

Statins for Cholesterol — Friend or Foe?

As a Medication Management pharmacist, I often get questions about statin drugs for high cholesterol. Many people have heard negative things about statins, and are reluctant to take them. That’s understandable – no one wants to take a medicine that causes more harm than benefit. But I’ve learned that many haven’t explored BOTH the risks and benefits with their doctor or pharmacist.  If you’re faced with the decision about whether

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Turmeric — A Popular Supplement, but is it Useful?

Turmeric — A Popular Supplement, but is it Useful?

Turmeric is widely available as a dietary supplement. It seems to be getting more and more popular, and lots of my patients either take it or wonder if they should. The most common reason people use turmeric is pain from osteoarthritis, so that’ll be the focus of this post. We’ll explore the pros and cons of turmeric to help you decide if it’s right for you. But first, some background.

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