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Right to Try

In May, President Trump signed the Right to Try Act into law, making it possible for terminally ill patients to try medicines that are not approved by the federal government for market. This type of legislation has been around since 2014, when Colorado became the first state to enact Right to Try, but it is gaining attention in the news as patients...

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Summer Essentials

Bugs, Burns, and Heat Exhaustion

Summer weather seems especially brutal this year! Whether you're in the north, south, east, or west you are likely dealing with increased sun exposure, mosquitoes, heat, and more. No matter where you are or what your plans are this summer, there is a way to plan for the best, and prepare for the worst. Stay Hydrated While indoors and out make sur...

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The Truth About Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Throughout the year on social media, certain posts reach viral status. Just recently, a post re-emerged after laying dormant for several months. It was originally published in March 2017 and is making the rounds again. The Mountains and Mustard Seeds blog post entitled "This Antibiotic Will Ruin You" has been shared on Facebook  2.1 million time...

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Male Birth Control (and why it matters)

The women's activist community is getting more and more vocal about equality in arenas that have nothing to do with salaries and the workforce. There is a difference in the biology of males and females, and the products used for everyday life are different as well. Women must have menstrual products, they must be regulated for safety and efficiency...

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Seasonal Allergies or Asthma?

You may suffer from allergies year-round, or you may have serious bouts of seasonal allergies. It’s important to pay attention to and understand your symptoms so that you can correctly treat and diagnose your problem. After trial and error, and then multiple visits to the doctor, many patients find out that they actually have allergy-induced asth...

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Drug Recalls

Where to Find Them, What to Do

Whether you’re using a medication as an ongoing treatment for a medical condition or it’s a short term treatment, you need to take drug recalls seriously. A drug recall is like a fire drill: it may be because the manufacturer failed a portion of an assessment, or it could be because an incorrect ingredient was used. No matter what, it needs to ...

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Pfizer to Postpone Drug Price Hikes

As of July 1, the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer, raised list prices on around 40 medications. The company makes and markets over 400 medicines and vaccines, meaning the drug hikes affected only 10 percent of their portfolio. Still, the changes brought outrage after President Trump suggested in May that the public would soon be seeing manufacturers v...

Of all the news coming from Washington D.C. in recent weeks, none may affect you more than the good news coming today--lowering the price of drugs. President Trump will speak on the topic extensively, revealing his vision for lowering drug prices, and his specific actions to do so. These specific actions will not require the approval of Congress, m...

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Life, Insurance and How Opioids Impact Your Policy

Opioid use in the United States is at an all-time high, and opioid related deaths are the same. 1 out of 5 patients are prescribed opioid pain relievers in a doctor's office, according to prescribing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This figure does not include cancer-related opioid prescriptions. Not only is a large percen...

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Essure Under a Sales and Distribution Restriction

Essure is a transcervical contraceptive tubal occlusion device which prevents pregnancy and ends fertility in women of child-bearing age. The procedure includes the  insertion of a small device into each fallopian tube, which forms a barrier preventing sperm from meeting and fertilizing the egg. This device is not effective until up to three month...

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Dietary Supplements: What You Should Know

Not all pills are created equal-especially when it comes to medications and supplements. The Food and Drug Administration has stringent requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturers when it comes to medications. Can the same be said of supplements? The Label Should Be True The claim on the label should be true, but these claims are not evaluated ...

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Understanding Drug Interactions

According to a 2017 survey, 55 percent of Americans are taking prescription medications on a regular basis. Those who take prescription drugs take an average of four separate medications.[1] Taking more than one medication can become complicated. Patients who take even one medication should be aware of drug interactions, how to avoid them, and how ...

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Treating Opioid Abuse Disorder

20 Millions Americans Suffer Each Year.

Opioid abuse is a serious issue in America today. Substance abuse disorders affect more than 20 million Americans every year.[1] Every day of the year, more than 90 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, which includes prescription pain killers, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Not only is opioid abuse itself dangerous, but it...

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Use Your Smartphone to Manage Your Health

Americans have more access to technology than ever before, and it’s not just computers. Today, 68 percent of Americans have smartphones, and 45 percent have tablets.[1] With more and more consumers using smartphones and tablets, tech developers are capitalizing on this trend. It’s time we did too. An App for That Millennials probably recogniz...

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Give the Flu Shot a Shot

Flu season is in full swing, generally lasting from October until May, but peaking between December and February. Everyone is at risk of getting the flu regardless of geographic location, but it does spread more easily when the air is cool and dry. Flu season in America is one of the most predictable epidemics due to the way it coincides with the w...

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Why Do Healthy People Need Insurance?

Jan was always a healthy girl. She played sports in high school, always passed annual physicals, and rarely took sick days. During her second year of college, she got very sick with what her mother called the flu, but days turned into weeks, and Jan was still sick. Jan was healthy, so when her parents' insurance dropped her at eighteen, she didn't ...

Many people have the same doctor they’ve had for many years. Some in rural parts of the country have very little options and may use the only doctor in the area. Whether you’re switching from state or private insurance to group insurance or Medicare, you should be able to ask your primary care physician (PCP) questions, and they should be able ...

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What Does the Government Have to Do With Healthcare?

What You Need To Know

It seems that politicians are talking about healthcare more than the health professionals these days. While many Americans may not understand just what the government is doing messing with the medical industry, the governing bodies have a distinct goal. Now it’s just about making a plan to reach the goal. Improve Access to Health Care The main ...

When England began colonizing North America, there were few regulations for care. Shiploads of people came, but they were laborers, not educated in biological science, medicine, or any specialties of medicine. Scientific Discoveries Colonial practitioners had no knowledge of germs, bacteria, or the need for proper sterilization. As a result, dise...

Acne is the most common skin condition in America and approximately 85 percent of people between 12 and 24 have it. Scarring on the face, back, shoulders, and arms can lead to serious self image and anxiety issues throughout life, so getting acne treatment right is important. You don’t have to spend a fortune on over-the-counter medications. In f...

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State Versus Private Insurance

The Differences May Surprise You

Regardless what type of insurance you have, you are better off than with none at all. However, the kind of insurance you have, and the type of coverage does make a difference. Cost The biggest difference between public and private insurance is probably the cost. Government insurance policies like Medicaid and medicare are accessible based on ag...

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Preventing and Tackling Medical Debt

What You Need To Know

Americans are not strangers to medical debt. In America the main cause of bankruptcy is medical debt, and Americans pay more for health care than in any other country in the world. If a person has health insurance, an unexpected medical bill can still be difficult to pay, and with no insurance at all, it can be impossible. Preventative Care There...

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How a Pre-Existing Condition Affects Your Health Care

Once upon a time, there was a land where doctors visited the homestead, making rounds through the countryside, and you could pay for health care with chickens and jars of honey. That is no longer the case. Health care is expensive and can land you in debt, and for years it was only slightly better when you had insurance--especially if you had a pre...

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Ordering Meds OnlineBetter Safe Than Sorry

Better Safe Than Sorry

For years consumers have been weary of online pharmacies. Even with the entrance of 1800 Contacts in 1995, which streamlined ordering for all of the major vision care companies, online pharmacies for prescription drugs are still not widely used or trusted by consumers--and for good reason. Until recently, there was not a way to identify online scam...

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Save Money During Your Hospital Stay

Tips For Keeping Your Bill Low

When you have a medical emergency or need a treatment that requires a hospital stay, financial burden may be the last thing on your mind. You can cut costs in the hospital by being proactive about your care. Save on Meds at the Hospital The hospital you choose may have policies that prohibit some savings. Bring your own meds Some hospitals ...


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