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The Purple Pill Goes OTC

November 20, 2014

By Josh Willoughby, Pharm.D. Student Heartburn is a common health problem that affects 25% of Americans on average each year. It has been reported that in the United States alone, approximately $14 billion is spent annually.[1] Heartburn normally presents itself with a burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen... View Article

Eat more, lose more?

November 18, 2014

By Stephanie Cailor, PharmD Student You have probably heard the common dietary recommendation that you should eat more fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy diet. WebMD provides some simple diet tips including one that correlates specifically with this theme. They explain that by “eating more fruits and... View Article

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

Poised Poses for more Z’s

November 17, 2014

by Rachel Bull, PharmD student Poor sleep quality is one of the most common health complaints in older adults today.  It is approximated that more than 80% of older adults experience sleep disturbance to some degree, while 50% note the common recurrence of sleep disturbance.1 Insomnia can be defined as,... View Article

Melting Away the Pounds: The Cold Facts

November 17, 2014

By: Sara Hill, PharmD Student As the holidays rapidly approach, more and more people start to think about losing weight for their family functions or maintaining their current weight throughout a food-laden season. However, despite the urge to snap up the first weight loss supplement that we hear advertised, we... View Article

Revealing the “Dark” Side of Chocolate

November 14, 2014

By: Ruth Choi, PharmD Student   For centuries, cocoa has been consumed for its pleasurable taste as well as for its health benefits. Today, research attempts to explain how cocoa may be beneficial to our overall health, specifically cardiovascular health. Chocolate- Guilty Pleasure or Healthy Supplement is a review paper... View Article

Nicotine Patches Fail Most Pregnant Women

November 14, 2014

By Kara Bobka, PharmD Student In 2011, 10% of pregnant women reported smoking during the last trimester.1 Smoking during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages, premature births, placenta problems, birth defects, and infant death.1 The standard treatment for smoking cessation is behavioral therapy, like staying active or chewing gum, and support... View Article

Can You Drink Your Way to Good Health?

November 14, 2014

by Rachel Wilcox, PharmD student Red wine is often thought to be a good source of antioxidants and is associated with heart health.1 Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in a variety of sources, including red wine, nuts, berries and dark chocolate.2 Antioxidants are believed to be important in either preventing... View Article

Tried everything for your headache?

November 5, 2014

By Neal Fox, PharmD Student One problem with treating headaches is that we don’t know exactly how they happen. Therefore, it is hard to know how to keep them from happening or even stop them once they start. When people have to deal with a headache on their own, they... 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