I have heart failure, are you SURE I can exercise? The heart is an important muscle in our body that is critical to continued health and overall function. Like any other muscle, the heart requires exercise to remain strong. If you have been diagnosed with heart failure, your heart does [...]
Spring is an exciting time when it brings liveliness to nature; however, it also releases countless pollen grains into the air. Pollen is critical to the survival of many plant species, but it is also a common trigger of seasonal allergies (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis). In humans, [...]
Travel Plans? Are you at risk of Traveler’s Diarrhea? With the summer of 2023 incoming, you may be planning to travel. Depending on your itinerary, you may be at greater risk of contracting traveler’s diarrhea. Over 80 million people worldwide contract traveler’s diarrhea each year. This infection is rarely life [...]
What is red yeast rice? Red yeast rice has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries where it was used for medicinal purposes to improve circulation and digestion. It was also used to color and flavor food, including tofu, fish sauce, and pickled vegetables. It is made by [...]
Is Alzheimer's Disease Preventable? As human beings, we all struggle to remember or do something in our busy daily lives. For example, how many of us have forgotten a significant other’s birthday, a wedding anniversary, to turn off the stove, or take the keys with us before leaving the apartment? But being [...]
What is hypoglycemia? Throughout the day, your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) will fluctuate within a certain range depending on various factors. This fluctuation is normal. What is not normal is having the blood sugar fluctuate out of the normal range, either below it or above it. Hypoglycemia, or [...]
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are some of the most commonly used medications. They help relieve pain, inflammation, and fever. Many NSAIDs are available over the counter, including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and aspirin. However, these widely accessible medications carry many serious, potentially life-threatening risks. For example GI bleeding or [...]
Understanding the “silent killer” High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a condition in which the force of the blood against blood vessels is consistently too high. Approximately every 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, but many do not even know they have it. People often refer [...]
Don’t go nuts over food allergens in your medications! This article will go over the various types of food-based excipients and what the risk is for triggering an allergic reaction. Why does my medication contain extra ingredients? Your medications are composed of two types of components: the active drug and [...]
As the days grow longer and the temperature rises, I tend to find myself wanting to go outside more. As a PNW native, once I see my weather app on my phone say “sunny” I try to plan more outdoor activities. However, with the direct sun, our skins become [...]
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