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October 2015

Dan’s Wellness Pharmacy Monthly Newsletter filled with coupons, articles and resources for the health of you and your family.

Breast Cancer and Family History

Talk with Your Doctor

Breast-Cancer-and-Family-History-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-October-2015According to the American Cancer Society, about 5 to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result from gene defects (called mutations) inherited from a parent.

The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.  In normal cells, these genes help prevent cancer by making proteins that ehlp keep the cells from growing abnormally.  If you have inherited a mutated copy of either gene from a parent, you have a high risk of developing breast cancer during your lifetime.

Although in some families with BRCA1 mutations the lifetime risk of breast cancer is as high as 80%, on average this risk seems to be in the range of 55 to 65%.  For BRCA2 mutations the risk is lower, around 45%.

Breast cancers linked to these mutations occur more… Continue reading

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Know How to Protect Your Child

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infects the nose, throat, windpipe, bronchi and bronchioles (air passages of the lungs).  The virus is so widespread that almost all children have had an RSV infection by the time they reach preschool.  RSV is carried on secretions.  It’s easy to catch and spread.  Usually it causes only cold-like symptoms in adults and older children.  The first signs of infection are usually a runny nose and a red throat.  Over the next couple of days, the child becomes sicker with a cough, wheezing and sometimes a low-grade fever or an ear infection.  There may be a lot of nasal drainage.

Most children get better by themselves.  Some babies and young children will get sicker.  This can happen quickly.  Contact your doctor if your infant or child has breathing that becomes… Continue reading

Fitness Update

Seven Ways to Sit Less and Move More

Fitness Update Dans Wellness Newsletter October 2015There’s strong scientific evidence that says frequent moderate-to-vigorous-intensity exercise plays a significant preventive role in cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers.  The human body, with approximately 640 muscles and 206 bones, is made to move!  Create your own “action plan” for adding more daily activity.  Try these tips:

  1. Take a family walk after dinner.
  2. Get a pedometer and start tracking your steps. Aim for 10,000 or more per day.
  3. Walk your dog daily.
  4. Walk up and down escalators instead of just riding them.
  5. Walk fast when doing errands.
  6. Pace the sidelines at your kids’ athletic games.
  7. Pick up a new active hobby, such as cycling or hiking.

–Source:  American College of Sports Medicine

Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?

Yes, Says the CDC

Do You Really Need a Flu Shot Dans Wellness Newsletter October 2015People sometimes ask their doctor:  “Even if I get sick with thte flu, won’t I recover quickly?”

The answer?  Not necessarily.  Influenza can be serious and anyone can become sick with flu and experience serious complications.  But even fi you bounce back quickly, others around you might not be so lucky.

Older people, young children, pregnant women and people with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and lung disease are at especially high risk from the flu.  Kids, teens and adults who are active and healthy also can get very sick from flu and spread it to others.  Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms.  During this time, they can still spread the virus to others.

Don’t be the one spreading flu to those you care about.  Unless your doctor… Continue reading

Ask the Experts

Seniors and Food Poisoning

Q:  As I get older, are there certain dietary changes I should make to help reduce my risk of contracting food poisoning?

Ask-the-Experts-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-October-2015A:  To reduce risks of illness from bacteria in food, seniors (and others who face special risks of illness) are advised not to eat:

  • Raw fish and shellfish.
  • Hot dogs and luncheon meats, unless reheated until steaming hot.
  • Raw or unpasteurized milk or soft cheeses unless labeled “made with pasteurized milk.”
  • Unpasteurized refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable items may be eaten.
  • Refrigerated smoked seafood unless it is contained in a cooked dish, such as a casserole. Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood may be eaten.
  • Salads purchased from a store or deli, such as ham salad, chick salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
  • Raw or lightly cooked eggs or products containing raw eggs such as salad dressings, cookie… Continue reading

Did You Know?

Clean Hands Help Protect Your Family

Did You Know Dans Wellness Newsletter October 2015When should you wash your hands?

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • After going to the bathroom
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has gone to the bathroom
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • After handling uncooked foods, particularly raw meat, poultry or fish
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • After handling an animal or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After handling items contaminated by flood water or sewage
  • When your hands are visibly dirty

Using alcohol-based sanitizers:

  • Rub product over all surfaces of hands and fingers until hands are dry.

–Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Let’s Talk about Prescriptions Month

Don’t Leave the Pharmacy without Doing This

Lets Talk about Prescriptions Month Dans Wellness Newsletter October 2015After you have received your prescription medication, and before you leave the pharmacy, make sure you do the following:

  • Check to be sure you have the right medicine. If you’ve received this medicine before, make sure this prescription has the same shape, color, size, markings and packaging.  Anything different?  As your pharmacist.  If it seems different when you use it, tell your pharmacist, doctor or other healthcare professional.
  • Be sure you know the right dose for the medicine and you know how to use it. Any questions?  Ask your pharmacist.
  • Make sure there is a measuring spoon, cup or syringe included for liquid medicine. If the medicine doesn’t come with a special measuring tool, ask your pharmacist about getting one.  (Spoons used for eating and cooking may give the wrong dose.  Don’t use them.)
  • Be sure you… Continue reading