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Why Can’t I Sleep?

By: Elizabeth Crowder Why is sleep so important? Sleeping is a time for our bodies to rest and our brains to sort through all the information of the day. While the body is resting, the mind is still processing at a high rate of speed. Our brain sifts through the information and categorizes it in […]

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Chigger Bites!

By: Lori Ray, Pharm.D. Summer is almost here and along with the fun and sun sometimes come pesky little problems like chiggers. These reddish-orange mites can be found worldwide, but they really enjoy hanging out in damp, grassy, and wooded areas.  They are found on plants that are relatively close to the ground surface, because […]

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How to Pick a Medicare Part D Plan

By: Dylan Jones, Pharm.D. Medicare Part D is vitally important for so many Americans.  However, navigating through the mail each plan sends and evaluating commercials broadcast on T.V. can be the biggest challenge most face as they attempt to sign up for this program.  Every plan (Humana, Aetna, Silverscript, Wellcare, etc.) all claim the same […]

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Overview of Probiotics

By: Shawna Bailey Harris, Pharm.D. Today probiotic is a term almost everyone is familiar with but back in 2009 only 9% of Americans were familiar with the term probiotic.  It wasn’t until the 1990’s that researchers began looking at probiotics to understand what role they play in our bodies.  Scientists have discovered that these “friendly […]

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How to Swallow a Pill

By: Michael Brown, PD One of the questions that is brought up frequently is “when will my child be able to swallow a tablet or a capsule?” There is no right answer. I have children that start around the age of 4 and I have some adults in their 30’s and 40’s that still cannot […]

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Long Term Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)

By: Luke Schilling Is there potential harm associated with using PPIs long-term?  This is a question that researchers have been studying for over a decade, and the results aren’t clear-cut.  PPIs have been on the US market since the late 1980s by prescription and since the early 2000s over the counter.  They have long been […]

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Tips for Seasonal Allergies

By: Brenna Neumann, Pharm.D. The birds are beginning to chirp, dogwoods are blooming, the sun is shining and the cool March wind is whispering that Spring is climbing out of hibernation and ready to roar!  However, if you are one of the approximately 36 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies you know exactly when […]

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Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

By: Jana Evensen, Rph and Andrew Mize, Pharm.D. Recently, there has been some renewed interest in an old drug, Naltrexone. If you look up the original use of Naltrexone you will find that it was first marketed to aid patients suffering from opioid dependence or abuse.  Marketed under the trade name, Revia, it is available commercially […]