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Training Programs to Prevent ACL Tears Could be the Answer to an Athlete’s Prayers

November 18, 2014

By Kaysie Brittenham, PharmD Student Are specialized training programs the solution to the alarming number of ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) tears among young athletes? ACL tears continue to be a major issue among children and teens participating in competitive sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics. There are approximately 200,000... View Article

An Aspirin a Day Keeps Breast Cancer Away?

November 5, 2014

By Lauren Haines, Pharm.D. student According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.1 Breast cancer involves cancer cells forming a tumor in the breast tissue. Risk factors include: women ages 65 and older, inherited genetic mutations, two or more close... View Article

Chew or Dip, Time to Quit

November 5, 2014

By Tyler Michael, PharmD Student Smokeless tobacco use is on the decline in adults and children.1 This is not necessarily a time to celebrate for healthcare providers though. As the focus has been shifted away from the dangers of smokeless tobacco, some professionals have wrongfully started encouraging smokeless tobacco as a... View Article

Proactive Use of Probiotics

October 28, 2014

by Sarah Winey, PharmD candidate According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two leading causes of death in young children, under the age of 5, are respiratory infections and diarrhea.1 Both respiratory tract infections (RTIs) and severe diarrhea are often caused by a bacterial infection, so an effective prevention therapy... View Article

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

Yet Another Reason to Lose that Excess Weight

October 27, 2014

By Courtney Noll, PharmD Student An individual’s blood glucose levels assist in controlling the secretions of two major regulatory hormones in the body: Insulin and glucagon. Insulin works to bring down levels of glucose in the blood when they have risen too high, and glucagon works to raise the blood... View Article

The Coconut Oil Craze

October 22, 2014

By Danielle Grear, PharmD Student Super-food, super-health, or super-hype? Coconut oil has been a trending topic in today’s society with its recent health claims for improving weight, fighting bacteria, treating Alzheimer’s, moisturizing skin, and the list goes on.1 Perhaps the most recent way coconut oil is being used today is in... View Article

Protein Pump Inhibitors and Heart Disease Link

December 10, 2013

By Yevgeniy Solokha, PharmD Student Cedarville University Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly used to prevent the symptoms and complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).1 They work by reducing acid secretion in the stomach by inhibiting the gastric proton pump.2 With several products available over-the-counter (OTC), patients have also been... 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

Is Aspirin a Viable Option for the Prevention of Dementia?

December 7, 2013

by Nick Daniels, PharmD student Dementia is one of the most prevalent health issues facing the elderly today. The disease state is characterized as a decline in memory or thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.1 It is heavily correlated with Alzheimer’s in that... View Article