Archives for Month: October 2014

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Can Aspirin Eventually Replace Warfarin?

October 31, 2014

by Kristin Lessig, PharmD Candidate For patients that have experienced serious trauma, surgical procedures, long periods of bed rest, or have taken certain oral forms of birth control, there is an increased risk for a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot... View Article

Fighting that Itch!

October 28, 2014

by Lindsay Mailloux, PharmD Candidate We have all experienced it before. Whether it be a bug bite, a case of poison ivy, or the annoying t-shirt tag rubbing against your neck, you know what it feels like to have an itch. These cases usually have an easy solution—scratch your arm,... 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

Energy Drinks: Performance over Health?

October 28, 2014

By Ryley Uber, PharmD Student An energy drink (ED) is a supplement commonly used to combat sleepiness and to increase the physical and mental performance of an individual. These drinks can be defined as, “an alternative to coffee as a source of caffeine and also contain other functional ingredients such... 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

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

The Unexpected Dangers in Your Medicine Cabinet

October 24, 2014

by Josh Knoebel, PharmD Candidate Your doctor prescribes medications to help you control the pain you are feeling. The drugs do their job, and the pain gradually stops. This doesn’t prevent you from keeping the medicine though; after all, it was expensive, and who knows when you may need it... 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

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