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October 2014

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

Senior Health Update

Eat Right for Stronger Bones

Senior-Health-Update-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014There are things you should do at any age to prevent weakened bones.  Eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D is important.

Getting enough calcium all through your life helps to build and keep strong bones.  Women over age 50 need 1,200 mg (milligrams) of calcium every day.  Men need 1,000 mg between ages 51 and 70 and 1,200 mg after age 70.  Eat low-fat dairy foods, canned fish with soft bones such as salmon, and some dark-green leafy vegetables.  Check labels on foods such as orange juice, breads and cereals to find those with calcium added.

Your body uses vitamin D to absorb calcium.  Most people’s bodies are able to make enough viteamin D if they are out in the sun without sunscreen for 10 to 15 minutes at least twice a week.  You… Continue reading

DID YOU KNOW?

Did-You-Know-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014Breast Milk Can Help Fight Many Disease

The cells, hormones and antibodies in breast milk help protect babies from illness.  This protection is unique; formula cannot match the chemical makeup of human breast milk.  In fact, amoung formula-fed babies, ear infections and diarrhea are more common.  Formula-fed babies also have higher risks of gastrointestinal issues, lower-respiratory infections, asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.  Some research shows that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of Type 1 diabetes and atopic dermatitis (a type of skin rash) in babies.

— Source: Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

YOUR BABY’S HEALTH

Preventing Diaper Rash

Your-Babys-Health-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014A few simple strategies can help decrease the likelihood of diaper rash developing on your baby’s skin.

Remove dirty diapers promptly.  Rinse your baby’s bottom with water as part of each diaper change.  Moist washcloths and cotton balls also can aid in cleaning.  Avoid wipes that contain alcohol or fragrance.  Pat your baby’s skin dry with a clean towel.

When possible, let your baby go without a diaper.  Exposing skin to air is a natural and gentle way to let it try.  To avoid messy accidents, try laying your baby on a large towel and engage in some play time while he or she is bare-bottomed.

Consider using ointment regularly.  If your baby gets rashes often, apply a barrier ointment during each diaper change to prevent skin irritation.  Petroleum jelly and zinc oxide are the time-proven ingredients included in… Continue reading

Healthy Lungs

What You Can Do to Protect Yours

Healthy-Lungs-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014The lungs are different from most of the other organs in your body because their delicate tissues are directly connected to the outside environment.  Anything you breathe in can affect your lungs.  Your body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs.  This works very well most of the time to keep out dirt and fight off germs.  But there are some important things you can do to reduce your risk of lung disease.

Don’t smoke.  Cigarette smoking is the major cause of COPD and lung cancer.  Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages and make breathing more difficult.  It causes chronic inflammation or swelling in the lungs.  This can lead to chronic bronchitis.  Over time, cigarette smoke destroys lung tissue, and may trigger changes that grow into cancer.  If you… Continue reading

It’s “Talk About Prescriptions” Month

Use These Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist

Your pharmacist can help you learn how to use your prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines safely and to increase the benefits and decrease the risks.  You can also use these tips when talking with your other healthcare professionals.

Its-Talk-About-Prescriptions-Month-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014

Tell your pharmacist:

  • Everything you use.  Keep a record and give it to your pharmacist.  Make sure you include all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, herbals and other supplements you use.  Your pharmacist will use this to keep his/her records up to date and to help you use medicine safely.
  • If you’ve had any allergic reactions or problems with medicines with dietary supplements, medicines with food, or medicines with other treatments.
  • Anything that could affect your use of medicine, such as if you have trouble swallowing, reading labels, remembering to use medicine or paying for medicine.
  • If you are… Continue reading

Dental-Hygiene Update

Dry Mouth and Medications

People get dry mouth when the glands in the mouth that make saliva are not working properly.  Because of this, there might not be enough saliva to keep your mouth wet.  Dry mouth can be a side effect of some medications.  More than 400 medicines can cause the salivary glands to make less saliva.  For example, medicines for high blood pressure and depression often cause dry mouth.

If your dry mouth is caused by medicine, your physician might changes your medicine or adjust the dosage.  You can also ease dry-mouth symptoms by sipping water or sugarless drinks often; avoiding caffeine, which can dry out the mouth; chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candies; avoiding tobacco and alcohol, which dry out the mouth; and using a humidifier at night.  It is important to have good oral hygiene and get… Continue reading

Breast Self Exams

Take a Few Minutes — and Take Care of Your Health

Breast-Self-Exam-from-Dans-Wellness-Pharmacy-Newsletter-October-2014Some women feel very comfortable doing Breast Self-Exam (BSE) regularly (usually monthly after their period), which involves a systematic, step-by-step approach to examining the look and feel of one’s breasts.  Other women are more comfortable simply feeling their breasts in a less systematic approach, such as while showering or getting dressed, or doing an occasional thorough exam.

The goal is to be able to report any breast changes to a doctor or nurse right away.  Women who choose to use a step-by-step approach to BSE should have their BSE technique reviewed during their physical exam by a health professional.

By doing the exam regularly, you get to know how your breasts normally look and feel and you can more readily find any changes.  If a change occurs, such as the development of a lump or swelling,… Continue reading