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May 2016

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

KIDS AND ASTHMA

Know the Common Triggers

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. If your child has asthma, the inside walls of her airways become sore and swollen. In the U.S., about 20 million people have asthma. Nearly 9 million of them are children.

Children have smaller airways than adults, which makes asthma especially serious for them. Children with asthma may experience wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing, especially early in the morning or at night. Many things can cause asthma, including:

  • Allergens: mold, pollen, animals
  • Irritants: cigarette smoke, air pollution
  • Weather: cold air, changes in weather
  • Exercise
  • Infections: flu, common cold

When asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it is called an asthma attack. Asthma is treated with two kinds of medicines: quick-relief medicines to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control medicines to prevent symptoms.

Talk… Continue reading

Sleep Problems?

Your Doctor Can Help

Not sleeping well can lead to a number of problems. Older adults who have poor nighttime sleep are more likely to have depressed mood, attention and memory problems, excessive daytime sleepiness, and more nighttime falls. They are also more likely to use more over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids.

Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. In fact, many healthy older adults report few or no sleep problems. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired everyday are not part of normal aging. If you are having trouble sleeping, see your doctor or a sleep specialist. There are treatments that can help.

– Source: National Institutes of Health

OTC Medications

What’s on the Label?

OTC-Medications-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-May-2016All non-prescription, over the counter (OTC) medicine labels have usage and warning information so consumers can properly choose and use the products. The label contains the following information:

  • Active Ingredients: The therapeutic substance and the amount of active ingredient per unit
  • Uses: Symptoms or disease the product will treat or prevent.
  • Warnings: When not to use the product, conditions that may require advice from a doctor before taking the product, possible interactions or side effects, when to stop taking the product and contact a doctor, etc.
  • Inactive ingredients: Substances such as colors, filers or flavors
  • Purpose: Product action or category (such as antihistamine, antacid or cough suppressant)
  • Directions: Specific age categories, how much to take, how to take, how often and how long to take
  • Other Information: How to store the product properly and required information about certain ingredients

Note: Drug Facts labeling requirements do not… Continue reading

Dental Health

Studies Examine Connection Between Gum Disease, Other Health Issues

Dental-Health-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-May-2016In some recent studies, researchers have observed that people with gum disease (when compared with people without gum disease) were more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling blood sugar. Other studies showed women with gum disease were more likely than those with healthy gums to deliver pre-term, low birth-weight babies.

So far, it has not been determined whether gum disease is the cause of these conditions. There may be other reasons people with gum disease sometimes develop additional health problems. For example, something else may be causing both the gum disease and the other condition. More research is needed to clarify whether gum disease actually causes health problems beyond the mouth, and whether treating gum disease can keep other health conditions from developing. In the meantime, it’s a fact that controlling gum disease can save your teeth –… Continue reading

Smart Plate

Welcome to Our New Healthy-Recipe Feature

Looking for something healthy and quick for a weeknight meal? This broccoli chicken stir fry is just the ticket. Before prepping and chopping the veggies and gathering the spices, put the chicken into the freezer so that it becomes a bit firm. That makes it much easier to slice into thin pieces.

BROCCOLI CHICKEN STIR FRY

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sesame oil, divided

2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic

½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

4 cups broccoli florets

1 small can sliced water chestnuts (optional)

6 tablespoons 98% fat-free chicken broth, divided

Salt and pepper to taste (lightly salt only; hoisin sauce is salty)

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into thin slices)

5 green onions, chopped

¼ cup hoisin sauce*

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)

In a large nonstick skillet heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add… Continue reading

Senior Health Update

When Should You Get a Bone-Density Test?

Senior-Health-Update-Dan's-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-May-2016There are tests you can have done to find out your bone density – how strong or fragile your bones are. One test is called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or dexa). A DXA scan takes X-rays of your bones. Screening tools also can be used to predict the risk of having low bone density or breaking a bone. Talk with your doctor about the best way to assess your risk.

If you are age 65 or older, you should get a bone-density test to screen for osteoporosis. If you are younger than 65 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, ask your doctor if you need a bone-density test. To find out your fracture risk and whether you need early bone-density testing, your doctor will consider risk factors such as:

  • Your age and (for women) whether you have reached menopause
  • Your height and weight… Continue reading