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Cholesterol Drugs may Increase Aggression


Date: November 27th, 2015

Cholesterol Drugs and Aggression

Cholesterol lowering drugs that fit into the category of statins have recently been linked to increases in aggression and irritability in women who take them. The finding of the study supporting this information was recently published in Plos One.

What are statins?

Statins are drugs designed to block the enzyme produced in the liver that produces cholesterol. By blocking the production of the cholesterol people have a lower risk of suffering from cardiac episodes like heart attacks and strokes.

When the body produces excessive amounts of cholesterol, this causes the build-up of plaque in the arteries leading to the heart. The build-up reduces the amount of blood flow that goes through the body, and eventually causes the person to suffer from things like strokes.

Do Under the Tongue hay Fever Pills Work?


Date: November 26th, 2015

Under the Tongue Hay Fever Medications

Under the tongue hay fever medications

In Europe, under the tongue medications are used more frequently than the allergy shots. Patients like the idea of a painless way to receive their allergy immunity, but recent research may indicate that this alternative method may prove to be less effective at hay fever relief.

The Study

Italian researchers examined the data compiled from twenty five independent allergy studies. The researchers were interested in seeing what types of allergies the patients suffered from, the treatment that they tried, and the effectiveness of the treatment. In some cases, they were able to compare two or more treatment methods that had been used on the same allergy sufferer.

Do Citrus Fruits Increase Melanoma Risks?


Date: November 25th, 2015

Will Drinking OJ Increase your Risk of Melanoma?

How does Citrus Increase Melanoma Risks?

Citrus fruits contain photoactive chemicals that make the skin more sensitive to the harmful rays of the sun. The two most common photoactive chemicals found in citrus fruits are psoralens and furocoumarins.

When psoralens and furocoumarins are applied to the skin topically they decrease the amount of time you have to be exposed to the sun before you begin to suffer from sunburn. Remember when you were young and you ate a citrus pop? Some of the pop would drip onto your chin and when you went inside from playing the area that the juice had touched would be burned, while the rest of your face would not be burned. The area that burned did so because the psoralens and the furocoumarins caused the area they touched to be more sensitive to the sun’s rays.

Include your Pharmacist in your Healthcare


Date: November 24th, 2015

Things your Pharmacist can help you with

Reasons to use just one Pharmacy

We all see multiple doctors in our lifetime. We see our primary care physician, and specialists, and emergency doctors. These doctors do not always know what the other doctors are using to treat us, but if we have all of our prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy then our pharmacists can alert us when something that has been prescribed for us might interact with something else we already take.

Doctors make mistakes. They are human and they can forget an allergy you have, or they can write a prescription in the wrong dosage. Your pharmacist is capable of seeing the prescription, and possibly stopping you from taking something that could harm you.

Can Fear be a Disease Symptom?


Date: November 23rd, 2015

Illness Related Fear is Unhealthy for you

Managing Illness Related Fear

Fear can be debilitating. It can stop you from making the progress you need to make. There are a few things you can do to try and help yourself manage illness related fears.

  • You need to understand that the fear, anxiety, and uncertainty that you are feeling are normal, natural responses to your condition. Every person that has the same condition fears the things you are fearing. Acknowledge the fear and do not let it take control. Talk to your health care team about your fears, so they can help you understand them and put them aside.
  • Do not try to face the fear alone. Talk to a friend, a loved one, your doctor, your pharmacist, or a therapist. Talk to someone, so they know what you are experiencing. Fear can cause blood pressure to rise, heart rates to rise, and other health concerns. If you let someone else know about your fear, then you have already started to combat it.
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