Dietary Supplements and Drug Interactions

Dietary Supplements and Drug Interactions

Dietary supplements are popular among adults in the United States.  About 75% of us take at least one supplement, and many of us take several. Dietary supplements are a big money-maker, too, with over $30 billion in revenue in 2019. We take supplements for a variety of reasons, from doctors’ recommendations to persuasive advertisements, and everything in between. We’ve talked in past articles about the looser regulations for supplements compared

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Medication Adherence – How it Affects Your Health

Medication Adherence – How it Affects Your Health

Have you ever heard of the term “adherence” when it comes to taking medications? Medication adherence means taking medications correctly, the way they were prescribed. Research shows that nearly half of us don’t take our medications as they were prescribed. Sometimes it’s on purpose, sometimes not. But either way, a medication can’t improve health if it’s not taken as prescribed. How does medication adherence affect you? Why is adherence to

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Stay up-to-date on Vaccines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stay up-to-date on Vaccines during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Vaccinations are a routine part of preventative healthcare. Vaccinations decrease the chances that we’ll contract infectious diseases, or that we’ll suffer critical illness if we do. We’re all hoping for a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19, and there are lots of researchers working hard on that. But it’s likely to be quite some time before there’s one available and in widespread distribution. In the meantime, we still have all

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Exercise and Bone Health

Exercise and Bone Health

Bone health is important. Healthy, strong bones allow us to stay active, both physically and socially. We can go about our daily business with little fear of injury. But when bones weaken and become fragile (a health condition called osteoporosis), the risk of fractures increases.  The most common fractures in those with osteoporosis tend to occur in the hips and spine. Hip fractures often require surgery and hospital stays; spine fractures

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