Dietary Supplements in the Prevention of Dementia

Betty Chaffee/ November 19, 2019/ Dietary Supplements, Self management/ 4 comments

There are many dietary supplements on the market to prevent dementia and age-related cognitive decline. And it turns out that in the US about one in four adults over 50 takes a supplement to maintain or improve brain health. In 2016 alone, about $3 billion was spent globally on supplements for brain health. But what do we really know about the effectiveness of these products? In a previous post about

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Vitamins for Eye Health

Betty Chaffee/ November 11, 2019/ Dietary Supplements, Self management/ 4 comments

All five of our senses are important to maintaining a good quality of life. But when vision is threatened, our independence and even our whole way of life may be at risk. Many of us want to do what we can to keep our eyes healthy, and a question that commonly comes up is whether it’s useful to take vitamins marketed for eye health. But when you go to your

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Health Information for Emergency Responders

Betty Chaffee/ May 22, 2019/ Medication safety, Medication Therapy Management, Self management/ 3 comments

Emergency responders  — No one wants to need them, but we’re all glad they’re there for us when we do. In an emergency, first responders work fast to pinpoint the problem and begin treatment. Availability of accurate health information helps them to make good decisions, and make them quickly. But what do they do if the victim isn’t conscious, or isn’t able to give information? What if there’s no friend

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Daily Aspirin — Still the Best Way to Stay Healthy?

Betty Chaffee/ April 29, 2019/ Medication safety, Self management/ 2 comments

You may have read articles or heard news reports with new information about the effectiveness of daily aspirin. Pharmacists like me are getting questions about it routinely since new research results were published last year. Millions of adults take aspirin daily to prevent stroke and heart attack. Some started taking it on their own after hearing about its benefits; others started at the recommendation of their health care provider. And

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