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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

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

Are e-cigarettes a good option for smoking cessation?

December 2, 2013

by Tiffany Zehel, PharmD student In 2011, an estimated 43.8 million U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers,[i] and currently, estimates of over one billion people worldwide are smokers.[ii] Cigarette smoking is a global epidemic that can give rise to several serious diseases with nearly 6 million deaths annually.[iii] The risk... 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

Insomnia: Not just about sleep

December 2, 2013

by Chelsae Ward, PharmD student Insomnia is one of the most common patient complaints for Americans, third only to headache and the common cold. It is estimated that 33 percent of the United States population experiences insomnia.1 As defined by the CDC, insomnia “is an inability to initiate or maintain... 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