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What is Anti-Microbial Resistance?

Bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi are tricky.  Over a period of time, as microbes change, they modify enough to guarantee their survival, making treatments ineffective.  In other words, they naturally adapt to the medications that we create to kill them. This is called antimicrobial resistance. (1) Anti-microbial resistance is a serious problem worldwide. Human actions are partly to blame.  Read more [...]

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Good Health and Friendships Go Hand in Hand

“There is nothing on earth more to be prized than true friendship.” Thomas Aquinas (5) Your health and your relationships You may not know it but your relationships, like friendships and family connections, are important to your health and wellbeing.  This is true throughout your life but especially as you get older. Research supports this assertion.  For example, in 2010 a group of Read more [...]

January is Radon Aweareness Month

January is Radon Awareness Month

Did you know that there is a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer?  It’s known as radon gas.  Rocks (igneous, or lava based rocks especially), soil and water can release this naturally occurring gas.  Radon is found in every state in the U.S. (1) Ernest Rutherford discovered radon’s radiation in 1899.   Radon discharges the same alpha radiation that is produced by plutonium. (2) Read more [...]

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Nanny’s Angel Network

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.  ~Dalai Lama  (1) You’re getting chemotherapy for breast cancer.  You see others getting chemotherapy:  mothers holding young children on their laps as the chemo flowed into their veins.  What would you do? Memories have a way of sneaking up when you least expect it.  For Audrey Guth, what she observed Read more [...]

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Am I at Risk? Understanding Ovarian Cancer Risks

The figures are disconcerting, 1 in 75 women will get ovarian cancer. (3) The ovaries are two small almond-shaped organs found deep in the abdomen.  For this reason, many ovarian cancers are diagnosed late—often at stage 3. (1) Just 19% of ovarian cancers are found early.  (2) Moving toward earlier diagnosis is one of the objectives of this month’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness campaign. Symptoms Read more [...]

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Cutting Cancer’s Treatment Costs – There’s Help Out There

With the average family making around $52,000 annually, the cost of cancer drugs can feel overwhelming.  (1) Your first step, if you are using Axium Healthcare Pharmacy as your specialty pharmacy source, is our division, Specialty Programs.  Specialty Programs is devoted to helping to find resources to help pay for prescription medications when a qualifying patient cannot afford them. Another Read more [...]

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7  Tips on Telling the Children about Cancer

“Raising a child under the shadow of an unpredictable and fatal disease isn’t what any mother dreams of during the halcyon days of pregnancy and sleep-deprived nights of infancy, yet stepping up to challenges is what every mother does.” ~Lori Marx-Rubiner (1) Cancer is scary for the person who has it and for their family.  It doesn’t matter if you are 6 or 60 years old; if your parent is Read more [...]

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Laughter is Good for Our Health

Have you heard of laughter yoga?  Apparently it is all the rage.  There are over 600 laughter yoga clubs worldwide. (1) There are coaches who will come to businesses and lead workers in exercises that “involve running around the room, weaving in and out of colleagues, waving hands in the air and laughing wildly” according to one BBC reporter. (2) Laughter Yoga Created 17 years ago in Read more [...]

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5 Minute Health Tip: Staying Warm

Did you know that dressing properly for cold weather is a matter of physics? It’s true. Welcome to heat transfer! Here are two concepts that impact staying warm. First, heat moves from hotter objects to colder objects.  Second, heat moves in three ways, radiation, conduction and convection. (1) Radiation, Conduction and Convection Explained Electromagnetic waves from the sun travelling Read more [...]

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Coping with Wait Times at Your Doctor’s Office

How long do patients wait for their doctor’s appointments? How much time do you think you spend waiting to see your doctor? And, why do you wait? In a reanalysis of the 2003-2010 American Time Use Survey, published August 2015, going to the doctor’s office uses an average of 121 minutes.  This includes travel time of 37 minutes and “clinical time” of 84 minutes.  There has even been Read more [...]