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Water And The Human Body

5 Minute Health Tips: Mid-Summer Reminder:  Water and What It Does For Us Inside

"All day I’ve faced a barren waste Without the taste of water, cool water. Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry And souls that cry for water, Cool, clear water."  –Bob Nolan (lyrics to “Cool Water”) (1) Although more than 70% of the earth is covered with water, 97% is salty and undrinkable/unusable without treatment. (2) Perhaps it is a fascinating coincidence but some say that human Read more [...]

Cancer Immunotherapy

Treatment Findings at ASCO 2015 Shines Bright Light on Cancer Immunotherapy

“Anticipation” is the operative word when 37,000 people working in oncology meet. Every year scientists, physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers and patients get together to share research findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting.  Gratifying those expectations is one of the most promising research areas, cancer immunotherapy. At ASCO 2015, monoclonal Read more [...]

Being Safe at the Hospital

Being Safe at the Hospital

When you have to stay overnight at a hospital, or even if you are just undergoing an outpatient visit, you need to be prepared.  One in four people in the hospital are affected by errors—from hospital-acquired infections to medication mistakes to surgical mix-ups. Being on guard yourself, or better still, having a friend or loved one there to ask questions, is your best protection. In Read more [...]

Slip Slop Slap

Slip, Slop, Slap: Slip on a Shirt, Slop on Sunscreen, Slap on a Hat

Introducing Sid the Seagull Who would guess that a seagull named Sid could be a messenger for sun protection?  Since 1981, Sid has been teaching sun safety to mates in the “Land Down-Under.” Skin Cancer Why?  Australia has the highest reported skin cancer rates in the world and the most common cancer in the country’s young people (age 15 to 29 years) is melanoma.  Yet, Australians Read more [...]

Pet Ownership and Health

5 Minute Health Tips: Pet Ownership – Is it Good for Your Health?

There are a lot of pet owners in the U.S.; between 70 and 80 million dogs and about the same number of cats share our lives. (1) The Research on Pet Ownership You’ve probably heard through newspapers, magazines, TV, radio—and, of course, the Internet—that pet ownership positively impacts your health. Animal-assisted therapy has become commonplace in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation Read more [...]

Hepatitis C treatment comparison by genotype

Hepatitis C Treatment Comparison by Genotype

Hepatitis C treatments are advancing fast! With more options for genotypes, faster treatment times, fewer side-effects, and higher cure rates, it can be tough to keep up with the latest therapies. Axium Healthcare Pharmacy can help you keep track of what these drugs are and whom they work for, based on AASLD guidelines. It’s part of our ‘helping-hand’ commitment to you! Click below to enlarge Read more [...]

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The Rising Costs of Specialty Drugs – Specialty Pharmacies Can Mean Savings For Payers, Providers And Patients

We continue to see reports of rising pharmaceutical drug costs associated with specialty medications, and how cost trends are affecting healthcare providers, payers and naturally, patients. If one only glances at specialty medication headlines—or any kind of headline these days, it’s natural to assume that, like everything else, prices are jumping willy-nilly. However, there’s a much deeper Read more [...]

Music...Important To Human Life And Health

5 Minute Health Tips: The Medicine of Music

Music and Health “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” ~Plato No “Mozart Effect” Since 1993, Mozart’s music has been promoted as enhancing cognitive function.  Yet as cognitive neuroscientist Jessica Grahn(1) states, further research has found that there is no “Mozart Effect;” that is, listening Read more [...]

Lumacaftor/Ivacaftor Combination Pill for Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis: Science is Working Hard to Reverse the CF Curse Part 2

Hope From A Two Drug/One Pill Combination For CF Treatment Problems and Solutions: It’s in the Genes As we discussed in part 1 of “Working Hard to Reverse the CF Curse,” 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the CFTR gene.  This gene controls the production of the CFTR protein which governs salt and water flow into and out of cell membranes. Finding this gene was a huge Read more [...]

Advances In Hypercholesterolemia (High LDL Cholesterol) Treatment With Mononclonal Antibodies

Upgrading High Cholesterol Standards: Trading the Risks of Statins for the Relief of Monoclonal Antibodies

When over 71 million, or 33 percent, of American adults suffer from high cholesterol, it is impossible for anyone to argue that this is not an insidious and invasive disease. Some statin treatments have made progress in reducing LDL cholesterol when paired with lifestyle changes. However, these treatments pose their own set of challenges through side effects. The trade-off between high cholesterol Read more [...]