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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

Can Ginger Cure Rheumatoid Arthritis?

November 4, 2014

by R. Brandon Kime, PharmD Candidate Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes the breakdown of joints throughout the body due to the body’s immune system attacking these tissues. As the joints degrade, they become less able to support and lubricate the bones that they attach. Eventually, the bones can... View Article

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