February 1, 2017

Pregnancy Complications May Indicate Future Health Risks

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Developing gestational diabetes during a pregnancy can usually be treated with proper care and maintenance. However, new research shows that complications like gestational diabetes, as well as other pregnancy complications, may affect a woman’s health later on in life [1].

The research showed that women who develop high blood pressure or diabetes during a pregnancy are at risk of developing some form of a cardiovascular disease, diabetes or hypertension later in life. The study points out the fact that a woman is under a lot of stress during a pregnancy and showing other conditions indicates that she may be at risk. Complications during a pregnancy can be considered a warning for chronic problems that may develop later on in their lives. To avoid these situations there are a number of things women can do to take preventative measures.

For instance, eating healthy is a perfect place to start. Limiting junk food and using more wholesome ingredients are excellent ways to add nutrition to your diet. Additionally, exercising and maintain a healthy weight contributes well to a healthy lifestyle. Lastly, having routine check-ups and consistently making efforts to maintain your health is an optimal goal that one can set to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

[1] Can Pregnancy Problems Signal Future Health Risks? Dallas, Mary Elizabeth. WebMd. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20160926/can-pregnancy-problems-foretell-future-health-risks

December 7, 2016

What You Need To Know About Multiple Sclerosis

Orange Multiple Sclerosis ribbon painted on face

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in the central nervous system of the human body. The disease causes an inflammation in the protective covering of the nerves, called myelin, and often causes permanent damage to this covering. The myelin sheath is what transmits nerve impulses through nerve fibers. If damaged, the ability for nerves to signal to each other may be compromised and cause irreversible disability.

Although researchers have spent many decades researching this condition, they have not been able to discover a concrete cause for this disease. As of now, there is still research that is being done in order to determine the lifestyle, environmental, genetic and biological factors that contribute to this complication. Studies have shown that MS is more common in women (3 times more likely) and of people with a northern European background. It is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15-40.

Furthermore, this disease can be classified into different types divided by patient experience. For instance, relapsing remitting MS, is the type of MS where patients face the inflammation in episodes of varied length (usually from a few days to a few months) followed by periods of recovery, where many symptoms return. This is the most common form of MS, affecting 85% of patients. Progressive MS is when the symptoms continually increase in magnitude and result in permanent loss of functions.

There is no proven cure for MS. However, there are many forms of treatment that are being researched and deliberated each day. Research is concentrated on the viability of potential therapies, improving imaging technology to understand the brain better, and learning more about cause and risk factors.

Sources:

What is MS? Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Retrieved from: https://mssociety.ca/about-ms/what-is-ms

November 21, 2016

Why Does the Color of Medicine Matter?

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Colors

The practice of color coding has an impact on a patient’s psychology. Patients tend to associate the color and shape of a pill with the healing effects of the medication.

It is common for humans to form judgments based on color. Even though it makes no logical sense, the accumulation of experiences and emotions often dictate how people interact with the uses of a product.  For example, yellow is usually associated with optimism or happiness, so brands like McDonalds or SunRype capitalize on this perception. This psychological effect also carries over to the process of self-administrating drugs. Whether it is chewing a tablet, swallowing a pill or drinking a liquid, the color of the substance becomes a significant reminder of the sensory experience that corresponds to ingesting that drug.

This phenomenon is well-known in color psychology. Your brain attributes a level of trust when taking a medication that is a pleasing color. It causes you to think that this medication is suited to your desired function and triggers a sensory reminder when you see a different pill.

For instance, many children’s medication are made in pink and  purposely sweetened. The positive association with the taste of pink medication usually makes it easier for a person to ingest other pink products such as pills. On the other hand, red tablets tend to be associated with a bitter taste.

September 13, 2016

Why is Precision Medicine the Next Frontier?

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Doctor and patient precision medicationThe idea of precision medicine is based on the fact that certain conditions, such as heart disease or cancer, do not behave the same way in everyone. Each patient’s body composition will vary and the ways a disease effects them will vary as well. The central idea behind precision medicine is to research these distinguishing effects.

Genetic makeup and environmental factors can affect your health, as well as the symptoms and treatments when you get sick. Thus, individual cases of the same condition may be treated in different ways.

It is becoming clearer that a single treatment option is not always suitable for a patient. For example, a treatment that shrinks one person’s tumor or ease one person’s arthritis symptoms may not have the same effect on another person. Precision medicine has an ideal image of the medical practice. “Picture this: You get detailed tests that can gauge how your arthritis or cancer differs from someone else’s. Then you get a treatment that’s tailored to you, rather than to anyone else” [1].

This phenomenon is precisely what precision medicines are all about; “matching the right drugs to the right people” [1]. While this idea is gaining popularity, it is not yet possible for many conditions or diseases. The field needs more research and testing, but there are promising concepts that may affect the medical field. Family physicians use standardized drugs to treat most conditions because it is the accepted method. Precision medicine aims to change that.

[1] Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/breakthrough-research-16/precision-medicine

July 19, 2016

What is Accidental Acetaminophen Overdose?

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Acetaminophen is a drug that is commonly used as a fever reducer and a pain reliever. Its brand name version, Tylenol, is widely recognized and, in many cases, is used as a substitute for aspirin. It is important that acetaminophen is used in the correct dosage. There is a detailed description that comes with the drug which clearly indicates the safe and beneficial amount for different age groups.

Intentionally or accidentally taking an unsafe dose of acetaminophen  classifies as acetaminophen overdose.  For most people it is recommended that they do not take more than 4000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a 24 hour period. Taking more than this amount can be classified as an overdose. Here are some ways an unintentional overdose can occur:

  • Accidental overdose may occur when a patient takes more than the recommended dose because many patients take more pills if their pain or fever does not go away with the recommended dosage.
  • It is common that many other drugs contain acetaminophen. Combining that dosage with your regular acetaminophen may cause an overdose of acetaminophen in your system.
  • Taking an extended-release form of the pill is another way in which an overdose can occur. An extended release pill causes the medicine to stay in the body longer and in some cases you may have too much in your body at the wrong time.

It is highly advisable that you monitor your doses and take precautionary steps to avoid these overdoses. When you consume a large amount of acetaminophen, your body turns it into a metabolite that is toxic to your liver. As a result, your liver does not effectively eliminate the toxin and it starts cause damage to the organ.

Treatment for acetaminophen overdose largely depends on the amount of time that has passed since the overdose and if the overdose happened all at once, or over a period of time.

Generally acetaminophen overdose is a very serious condition and it can be prevented with extra caution. It always helps to read labels more carefully, taking one type of acetaminophen at a time, taking the correct dosage and not taking the drug too many days in a row.

July 12, 2016

The Definitive Guide to Using Online Pharmacies

medical factory  supplies storage indoor with workers peopleIt is a common misconception that online pharmacies are not deserving of the same level of trust and confidence as your local neighborhood pharmacy. These legitimate businesses are quickly becoming a convenient and private way to purchase medications. There are many tools that one can use to verify that the pharmacy they are ordering their medications from is a legitimate business.
Among them, PharmacyChecker.com is a very comprehensive and fool-proof method you can use to ensure that the medication you order comes at a bargain rate and the pharmacy you end up ordering from is a legitimate enterprise.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to purchase your medication from an online pharmacy and how to use Pharmacy Checker to ensure that the medication you get is safe to use:
1. Search your medication on PharmacyChecker.com

When you type in the name of your medication on Pharmacy Checker, you go through the process of narrowing your search. You begin with either choosing the brand name or generic medication. Next, you are led to a page that asks you the specific strength you wish to purchase.

2. Compare Prices

After selecting your strength, Pharmacy Checker uses web crawling technology to show the prices across a list of their approved pharmacies for your specific drug. The webpage will further specify the price per unit and quantity for the brand name or generic drug.

3. Select a Pharmacy

After looking through the general price range of your drug, take some time to educate yourself on the array of approved pharmacies on this website. You are able to access a profile for each pharmacy. This outlines their policies, procedures, contact information, and other specific information.

Your results will only include pharmacies that have all been given a seal of approval by Pharmacy Checker. In order to receive this seal each pharmacy meets a set of standards:

–  Uses licensed practitioners who achieved a license from a local licensing body

–  Will keep medical information private

–  Will keep financial information secure

–  Will require a prescription achieved by a consultation with your family physician

–  Discloses their contact information to their customers

Always make sure that the online pharmacy is legitimate before purchasing, as there are many fraudulent websites that may offer low quality prescription medication that can jeopardize your health.