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Dietary Supplements: Encourage or Evict?

November 18, 2013

by Elizabeth Ledbetter The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) declared in early October 2013 that it will ban most dietary supplements from its pharmacy.1 This is because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate these products in the same way that they regulate prescription drugs. Because the... View Article

Older Persons in Rural Areas Prefer Self Care

November 18, 2013

By Jessica Davis, PharmD Student at Cedarville University Many older adults live in the same areas that their parents and grandparents and many generations before them have lived. During the time that these families have lived there, many traditions have been passed down to younger generations, including practices of self... View Article

New Study Raises Concern about the Herbal Supplement Industry

November 16, 2013

By Jacob Coleman,  PharmD Student Cedarville University If you’re a college student like me, you may be wondering what the hype is about vitamins and herbal supplements. These types of products are becoming increasingly popular among American adults, and a college education is just one predictor of dietary supplement use.1... View Article

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Memory Go Down?

November 16, 2013

By Zachary Wallace, PharmD Student Cedarville University Circulating sugar within the bloodstream is key in the regulation of several brain functions. This is believed to be a result of glucose (the primary sugar used for bodily functions) “acting in the brain [by] altering neural metabolism, neural activity, or neurotransmitter synthesis... View Article

Keeping Kids While Traveling: Medicate or Not?

November 16, 2013

By Jesse Hickey, PharmD Student Cedarville University  Parents often use self-care methods and OTC medication to help control a child’s behavior, especially when faced with situations where the child needs to be quiet.  However, this off-labeled use of medication for its side effects can be dangerous.  The main side effect... View Article

Can Zinc Really Stop a Cold in its Tracks?

November 10, 2013

By Laura Cummings, PharmD Student Cedarville University ‘Tis the season for the spread of the common cold. While not always severe, the congestion, cough, and other cold symptoms are often irritating and can detract from focus and productivity, which drives many cold sufferers to seek a quick solution at the... View Article

Supplement or Not?: Evidence Against Vitamin D to Build Bones

November 9, 2013

By Sarah Myers, PharmD Student Cedarville University Osteoporosis has become an increasingly common health problem around the world.  This metabolic bone disorder results in approximately 1.5 million fractures annually as a result of decreased bone mineralization1.  An estimated fifty percent of women and twenty percent of men will develop osteoporosis... View Article

Are Americans Addicted to Oreo’s?

November 9, 2013

By Paul Bicknell, PharmD Student Cedarville University Over-eating is a significant problem in western culture. For evidence, one need merely look at the ever expanding waistline of its citizenry, but evidence from studies also points to the same conclusion. One study that utilized just over 3.8 million US citizens from... View Article

The Impact of NSAIDs on Depression in Osteoarthritis Patients

November 6, 2013

By Anna Smith, Cedarville University PharmD Student Imagine waking up every morning for the rest of your life with stiff, aching joints. This is what people with osteoarthritis have to go through.  Osteoarthritis is the result of cartilage breakdown in the joints and can result in pain, swelling, and reduced... View Article

The Importance of Acetaminophen Overdose Education

November 1, 2013

by Rachel Kunze Acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol, is a popular analgesic that can be bought over the counter. Like many drugs, acetaminophen has serious health consequences if the maximum dose is exceeded.1 Tens of thousands people each year end up in the hospital due to acetaminophen overdose and 150... View Article