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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Alcohol’s effects on chronic disease — Good or Bad?

Betty Chaffee/ April 16, 2019/ Self management/ 2 comments

The last article in our three-part series observing National Alcohol Awareness month, like the second, will focus on the majority of folks out there who, when they drink alcohol, drink in moderation. An accepted definition of “moderate drinking” is less than two standard drinks per day for women or less than three for men.  There’s been a fair amount of research on the effects of alcohol on chronic disease, including

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Alcohol – is it REALLY that harmful to drink when I’m taking medications?

Alan Tanabe/ April 6, 2019/ Medication safety, Self management/ 1 comments

Note: This is part 2 in a series that addresses alcohol use as part of Alcohol Awareness Month. Greetings everybody!   I hope that you enjoyed the first entry of this series regarding alcohol use (here is a link to that entry if you have not read it yet). https://bettermymeds.com/2019/04/01/april-is-national-alcohol-awareness-month/ Today, I am going to focus on an aspect that is often underestimated or completely disregarded, and that is how

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