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May 2015

The Importance and Etiquette of the Hug

Hugs don't just hit the spot with our brains either. They actually have a measurable effect on our skin and hearts and tummies....and one more bonus (albeit an odd one) – hugs spread less germs than handshakes.

April 2015
Dear Pharmacist

How to Improve Memory

It’s better for your brain cells to eliminate artificial sweeteners, colors and preservatives. This pretty much means no more junk food or sugar substitutes.

Eat Right Now

Want to Know How a Muppet Feels? Schedule that Colonoscopy Now and Eat Well

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in men and women in America. The American Cancer Society expects over 100,000 new cases of colon cancer and rectal cancer this year. Over 90% of colorectal cancer cases are in people age 50 or older.


OAB and Me on What? A Cruise?

Now weeks later, I have been staying away from the washroom up to two hours at a time. I know now that I need not fear traveling because of OAB, a condition I have lived with until now for all my life.

March 2015
Dear Pharmacist

Healthy Bones Without Drugs

By no means am I saying an orange a day will keep the hip fracture away! But regular consumption of citrus fruits or pith-derived supplements might help, and can usually be taken with certain medications (not all).

Eat Right Now

Sunshine in a Cup

Lemon water provides immune-boosting vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants to safeguard your temple from illness. Lemon water dissolves uric acid reducing joint pain and inflammation, helps sustain eye health, kills oral bacteria, and is a natural teeth whitener.

February 2015
Dear Pharmacist

How to Quit Smoking Once and for All

Even if you smoke less than five cigarettes a day, you damage your heart. There’s a two- to four-fold increase in heart disease and stroke from smoking. It causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States.

Eat Right Now

Don’t Kill the Messenger

Prescription drugs do have a place, but shouldn't be a crutch for someone who could have avoided a potential health problem with educated dietary behavior.

Life Now

Finding Quiet Space in a Busy World

A worthwhile method is to concentrate on a "word vitamin," an adjective that describes a happy, active and desired part of self, such as "loving, vibrant, caring," or any favorable trait.


New Airbags for Older Hips

The 3D motion sensors monitor the motions and accelerations during normal, daily activities to determine departures from what is normal, which indicates a potential fall situation. If a fall is detected, a cold gas inflator, like that already used in seatbelt-mounted airbags found in some vehicles and aircraft, deploys a slab-like airbag that runs down the sides of the hips for protection.

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