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May 12 – 18 is National Women’s Health Week!

Health & Wellness

National Women’s Health Week is an observance that aims to ➡️ Highlight women’s health issues and priorities and ➡️ Encourage women of all ages to prioritize their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This year’s theme is Empowering Women, Cultivating Health: Celebrating Voices, Wellness, and Resilience. The Office on Women’s Health uses this week to celebrate Read more…

It’s National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day! How should I celebrate?

Aging Health & Wellness Staying Safe

Over-the-counter and prescription medications have a way of accumulating in cabinets, drawers, bags, and forgotten pockets. Unused and expired medications should be discarded safely to avoid misuse. Take a few minutes with Those Nerdy Girls to safely dispose of your old medications today. Think about all the places you store medication and then clean them Read more…

Are GMO foods safe? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) seemed to say something different recently.

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A: There is good scientific consensus that GMO foods are safe and pose no threat to human health. The AAP’s recent report on GMOs was useful in some ways but presented a misleading, alarmist view of the risks posed by the weedkiller glyphosate, a view that conflicts with multiple health agencies. In December, the American Read more…

Is Dry January effective?

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Even though January is over, it’s a good time to look back and talk about whether the concept of Dry January is actually effective. TL;DR: Dry January can be effective to reset your relationship with alcohol. However, heavier drinkers may need more time to heal. That depends on your goals and relationship with alcohol. Dry Read more…

What can I do to stop my eyes from feeling like sandpaper or watering like crazy, especially in the winter?

Aging Health & Wellness

An eye care routine can improve symptoms of dry, itchy, or watery eyes. Routine eye care includes keeping your fingers out of your eyes, gentle cleansing, using sun protection, and seeking care with a health professional when symptoms do not improve. Blepharitis or eyelid inflammation is a common condition affecting all ages, though the prevalence Read more…

How can we prevent dating violence among teens?

Health & Wellness Mental Health

This post discusses intimate partner violence.  ______________________ A: Supporting healthy relationships and creating a safe environment are key to preventing and stopping teen dating violence. TL; DR: Partner violence can start in early teen years. The emotional and behavioral effects are severe and can carry over into adulthood for both victims and perpetrators. However, abuse Read more…

How does Intimate Partner Violence affect the LGBTQ+ community?

Health & Wellness Mental Health

This post discusses intimate partner violence. If you or anyone you know needs help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Anonymous, confidential help is available 24/7. How does Intimate Partner Violence affect the LGBTQ+ community? TL;DR: People in the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience IPV. The Read more…

How can I recognize signs of intimate partner violence (IPV)?

Health & Wellness Mental Health

This post discusses intimate partner violence. If you or anyone you know needs help, please call the US National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Anonymous, confidential help is available 24/7. IPV is abuse or aggression in a romantic relationship. IPV can happen to anyone, and it is usually about power and Read more…

I heard that the FDA says decongestants don’t work. Should I stop taking them?

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A: Decongestants containing phenylephrine don’t work, but those containing pseudoephedrine are still very effective. It might not be cold season quite yet, but a recent FDA review on a common decongestant called phenylephrine might have you worried that one of your favorite over-the-counter remedies should be tossed out. Walking down the pharmacy’s “cough and cold” Read more…

Narcan (naloxone) is now on your local pharmacy shelves as an over-the-counter medicine!

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Have you heard? Narcan (naloxone), the nasal spray that saves people from dying of opioid overdose, is now on your local pharmacy shelves as an over-the-counter medicine! Yep, you read that right! Recently, the manufacturer of Narcan began shipping out the two-dose, 4-milligram nasal spray to pharmacies such as Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid. What Read more…