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How can you help your baby if you are smoking and pregnant?

October 28, 2014

By Samantha Smolinski, PharmD Student Approximately 50% of women who smoke before pregnancy continue to smoke after pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy has been shown to cause some adverse effects on the baby. These adverse effects include lifelong decreases in lung function, an increased risk for asthma, low birth weight, shortened... View Article

Vitamin D: A New Option in the Fight Against Asthma?

October 27, 2014

By Charles Snyder, PharmD Student Cedarville University Most people are either affected by asthma or know of someone close to them who struggles with the condition, which has increased in prevalence in America an estimated 25% every decade since 1960.[1] Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways of... View Article

Seeking relief when your child is coughing?

October 22, 2014

by Laura Farleman, PharmD candidate Is your child’s nagging cough keeping you up at night? The honey in your kitchen may be the alternative to drug-laced syrups parents are searching for to calm their children’s coughs. The thick syrup nature of honey helps to soothe the throat and increase saliva,... View Article

Calcium Worth The Risk?

December 10, 2013

By Jordan Long, PharmD Student Cedarville University For years, calcium has been considered an essential nutrient to have in the daily diet. Intake of calcium is essential for many bodily functions including muscle contraction, nerve transmission, and bone remodeling.1 Some of the benefits from calcium are helping bone growth, prevent... View Article

Are you “Pro” Probiotic Supplements?

December 5, 2013

by Heather Evankow, PharmD student In recent years, the popularity of probiotic supplements has risen. Probiotics are bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestine.1 The idea of probiotics is not a new concept. The idea was first developed around 1900 by the Nobel Prize-winning... View Article

Over the Counter Probiotics May Be Able to Sooth Baby’s Colic

December 5, 2013

by Mallory Martin, PharmD student This article posted by the BBC, “Probiotics ‘soothe some babies with colic’”,1 explores an option into easing or possibly preventing your baby’s colic. The article describes an analysis of 12 studies looking into probiotics as a treatment for colic. The analysis was done by a... View Article

Evidence for Supplement Use to Prevent Cancer or Cardiovascular Disease?

December 4, 2013

By Tirhas Mekonnen, PharmD Student, Cedarville University Dietary supplements have been used for various reasons. Dietary supplements such as ascorbate, vitamin E, and ß-carotene, are reducing agents and thereby, detoxify reactive oxygen intermediates in the laboratory.1 Researchers are studying to find out if consumption of food rich in these antioxidant... View Article

Herbal Supplements: The Whole Truth

December 2, 2013

by Olumami Amaye, PharmD student Herbal supplements come in all forms. They may be taken internally as pills or powders, dissolved into tinctures or syrups, or brewed in teas. Ointments, shampoos, or poultices may be applied to the skin, scalp, or mucous membranes. What puzzles me, however,  are the unlisted ingredients... View Article

Exercise to Save Your Knees

December 2, 2013

by Jeniffer George, PharmD student An estimated 27 million adults in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip which is commonly seen in patients 65 and older.1 Osteoarthritis is the breakdown in cartilage that covers the ends of the bone to where they meet and form... View Article

Vitamin B Supplements Can Lower Your Risk of Stroke

November 26, 2013

by Jessica Amtower, PharmD student Vitamin B supplements have been known for their many uses. For example, some B vitamins help cells burn fats and glucose for energy, while others help make neurotransmitters like serotonin.1 To get as much benefit as possible, it’s recommended that you need all of the... View Article