When schools close their doors for the summer, kids are released from the shackles of homework and tests to enjoy months of action-packed, nonstop fun. Summer reminds me of my weeklong Boy Scout summer camp experience at dear ole’ Treasure Isle: plunging into that frigid pool at 7 am, earning multiple merit badges to become an Eagle Scout, and singing a dirge over the death of poor Cock Robin (horribly, I would add!), I was constantly reminded of the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared.” That motto is my recommendation for parents, caregivers, and children this summer: when summer takes its ugly
Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease daily, with an average of one death occurring every 40 seconds. An estimated 7.1 million Americans have experienced a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive a heart attack often go on to have another. More than 7 percent of Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease, and one out of every six deaths in the United States is due to coronary heart disease alone.1 Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in determining the risk of heart disease and may prevent or even reverse this condition. In this
If you want to provide assistance, the Red Cross can be reached at 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or redcross.org. One fast option to help provide disaster relief is to text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. An aerial image taken Sunday, December 27, 2015 shows the path of a tornado tornado through Garland, Texas. Violent storms ripped through the North Texas area late Saturday, spawning tornados that killed 11 people. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News) In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, people also can make a monetary donation to support the disaster response efforts by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to salvationarmydfw.org. Blankets, women’s clothing,
Typical routine blood tests include the complete blood count, also called CBC, to measure your red and white blood cell numbers as well as hemoglobin and other numbers. This test can uncover anemia, infection, and even cancer of the blood. Another common blood test is the basic metabolic panel to check your heart, kidney and liver function by looking at your blood glucose, calcium, and electrolyte levels. And to check for heart disease risk, you may have a lipoprotein panel that measures levels of fats in your blood, like good cholesterol (HDL), bad cholesterol (LDL), and triglycerides. Here are 10 things that
By Robert Preidt FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation, which can make urination difficult, a small study suggests. Previous research has shown a link between gum disease and prostate inflammation -- called prostatitis. The study included 27 men, age 21 and older, who had prostatitis and moderate to severe gum disease. The men underwent treatment for gum disease and showed significant improvement in their gums within four to eight weeks, the study authors said. The men received no treatment for their prostatitis, but symptoms of the condition improved in 21 of 27
Researchers are considering a simple, low-tech screening test that may predict your risk for death,heart attack or stroke: the strength of your hand. A new study of approximately 140,000 patients ages 35 to 70 from 17 countries indicates that grip strength is a reliable indicator of death from any cause, but particularly heart disease. The findings were published in The Lancet. "Grip strength could be an easy, inexpensive test to assess an individual's risk of death and cardiovascular disease," Dr. Darryl Leong, study author and assistant professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, told Yahoo News. "Doctors or other health care professionals can measure grip strength to identify patients with
Our Team Had A Great Time At The DFW 2014 PurpleStride! The Trinity Apothecary team participated in the DFW 2014 PurpleStride to raise funding and awareness for the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. What a better way to begin the weekend than with a 5K, on a beautiful day, and as apart of a wonderful cause. At Trinity Apothecary, it truly is a matter of caring!
Tramadol DEA C-IV Classification Please be advised that on July 2, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published in the Federal Register the final rule placing Tramadol into schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. This rule becomes effective on August 18, 2014. All regulatory requirements applicable to schedule IV controlled substances will apply to Tramadol beginning August 18, 2014. To read the final rule, please click here.
CMS has issued a final memo providing guidance for Part D sponsors and hospices as it relates to payment for drugs for hospice beneficiaries in 2014. The effective date of this policy clarification is May 1, 2014 and will be applied prospectively. When a beneficiary (or authorized representative) has elected the hospice benefit, the hospice is responsible for covering all drugs or biologicals for the palliation and management of the terminal and related conditions. Drugs and biologics covered under the Medicare Part A per-diem payment to a hospice program, therefore, are excluded from coverage under Part D. For prescription drugs to