Self care

Do you have 20/20 vision?

There is a saying “hindsight is 20/20 vision”. Simply put it is easy to know the right thing to do looking back, suggesting that hindsight is 20/20 or perfect vision. But what does 20/20 vision really mean? A 20/20 score … Continue reading

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Do you know enough about your medication?

Mary Poppins tunefully suggested that “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…” but unfortunately the cure can sometimes be worse than the disease itself.  It is estimated that 3 to 5% of hospital admissions in the USA are … Continue reading

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Mixing alcohol and medicines: harmful interactions

Medicines have many ingredients and the effect of mixing these with alcohol can have serious consequences. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) article

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Regularly review your chronic medication

Today’s medications are more complex and powerful than ever before. Take this opportunity to improve your health by reviewing your chronic medication every four to six months. The Washington Post: Reviewing your drug regimen regularly may provide chances to improve your … Continue reading

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A list of ills and pain. Know when to see your doctor

Find out when a self-limiting illness such as a cold, cough or sinusitis can be effectively treated at home and when it is necessary to consult your doctor. Back pain Chest pain Cold sores (Fever blisters) Common colds: protect yourself … Continue reading

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Cataract surgery

Cataract surgery is a procedure to remove the lens of your eye and, in most cases, replace it with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery is used to treat the clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye (cataract). http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cataract-surgery/basics/definition/PRC-20012917 … Continue reading

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Vision: facts and myths

Reading in poor light, sitting too close to the TV, and other things your mother warned you would ruin your vision are actually generally harmless. However, given the importance of vision to quality of life, eyes are one your most … Continue reading

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

It is important to tell your doctor about any CAM products you may be using; natural does not necessarily imply harmless. http://www.mayoclinic.org/alternative-medicine/ART-20045267

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Antibiotics: Use them wisely

By Ian Wiseman Since penicillin was introduced in the 1940s, antibiotics have saved millions of lives. But their frequent use, often for conditions or infections that aren’t caused by bacteria has caused problems. This has given rise to bacteria that … Continue reading

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