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Health Benefits of Having Pets

Health Benefits of Having Pets

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company. Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills. An estimated 68% of U.S. households have a pet. But who benefits […]

Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. From the Food and Drugs • Administration (FDA) Web Site • January 15, 2014 All suppliers of sodium chloride intravenous (IV) bags are stating there is a shortage in production. The January FDA notice is a typical drug shortage notice. There have been an alarming number of shortages for the past […]

The Fallacies of Drug Advertisements

The Fallacies of Drug Advertisements

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. I am sure most of you have seen the plethora of drug advertisements on television, in newspapers, and other media. And, I am also sure some of you have bought non-prescription medications based on these advertisements. You probably even asked your healthcare provider to prescribe a prescription drug for you based […]

The Opioid Crisis, Part I

The Opioid Crisis, Part I

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Opioid prescribing doubled from the late 1990s to 2012. With increased opioid usage come increased misuse and diversion as well as higher rates of deaths due to opioid adverse effects. The word ‘opioid’ describes those drugs that can be derived from opium and possess narcotic effects. From recent accounts, 115 Americans […]

The Flu for 2018

The Flu for 2018

Ron Conte, Pharm.D. Just when you think winter’s wrath can do no more harm, the lingering effect of a harsh flu season is upon us. The flu, or influenza, with related conditions has claimed the lives of a reported 84 children so far this season. It is conceivable that this flu will surpass the 148 […]

Treating the Common Cold with Medications, Part II

Treating the Common Cold with Medications, Part II

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. My last article addressed the use of local anesthetics, pain relievers/fever reducers, decongestants, and antihistamines to treat various symptoms of the common cold. Let’s now concentrate on treating a cough due to a cold. A cough due to an upper respiratory infection as in a common cold may linger longer than […]

Treating the Common Cold with Medications, Part I

Treating the Common Cold with Medications, Part I

By Ron Conte, Pharm.D. My previous article concentrated on treating the common cold without medications. It is advisable to at least try the home remedies listed for various symptoms of the common cold before considering drug therapy. Most people with a common cold will benefit from a combination of a home remedy with medication. Remember, […]

When a Sneeze is not Just a Sneeze

When a Sneeze is not Just a Sneeze

By Dr. Gail Rosenberg From the very earliest days of my education to become a Doctor of Chiropractic, I heard stories of people “throwing their backs out” while sneezing. Does this happen? And if so, is it preventable? A little anatomy lesson first. The spine is composed of bones called vertebrae (vert-a-bray) and discs of […]

Better Walking Works Wonders

Better Walking Works Wonders

By Dr. Gail Rosenberg In my non-force chiropractic practice I frequently ask patients to walk while I observe their gait. Young and old alike can use tips for better walking. Many people do not utilize the entire foot during the gait cycle. What does this mean? My observation tells me that many people place the […]