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From SB 1180 To ABC-MAP Act: The Antietam Of Pennsylvania’s War On Drugs

From SB1180 to ABC-MAP: The Antietam Of Pennsylvania's War On Drugs

Mr. Wasserman, my AP Calculus teacher instructed me that “History isn’t about facts and dates and people and stuff… it’s about feelings and emotions. Like how did the pilgrims feel when they landed on Plymouth Rock?” Okay… I really don’t despise history; in fact, I have a fond appreciation for it (given I’m within close […]

Toxins and Obesity: An Overlooked Link

Toxins and Obesity: An Overlooked Link

In the face of celebrity weight gain or loss tabloid photo galleries and ads touting the latest fad diet, it is easy to overlook that overweight and obesity aren’t just cosmetic issues. Obesity-related conditions can include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. These are among the leading causes of preventable […]

Reducing Fracture Risk: Ensuring Adequate Vitamin D Intake

Last summer, I found myself sidelined by pain in my right hip that made even the most basic daily tasks excruciating. I could still get around, albeit gingerly, so I talked myself into believing that the injury was nothing more than a strain. Chalking it up to overuse or improper training, I took what I […]

Advir Diskus Controls Asthma;May Lead to Breathing Problems

Advir diskus inhalation, involving a drug combination, controls and prevents wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma or ongoing lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The drug consists of two: fluticasone and salmeterol. Fluticasone belongs to a class of drugs known as corticosteroids. It reduces […]

Prevacid Treats Stomach Conditions;May Lead to Stomach, Blood Woes

Prevacid, also known generically as Lansoprazole, treats digestive and gastrointestinal conditions such as increased stomach acid, inflammation of the esophagus, ulcers or heartburn. Side effects include diarrhea, itching, rash, dizzy, change in appetite, urge to vomit, stomach cramps, or head pain. Severe ones include incomplete or infrequent bowel movements; abnormal heart rhythm; decrease of all […]

Vytorin Helps Lower Bad Cholesterol, Fats;May Cause Muscle, Liver Problems, Allergies

Vytorin, also known generically as ezetimibe-simvastatin, is used with a proper diet, exercise, weight loss and tobacco cessation to help lower “bad” cholesterol and fats and raise “good” cholesterol in the blood. The drug reduces the amount of cholesterol made by the liver and absorbed in the human body from the diet. It belongs to […]

Toprol XL Tackles Chest Pain;Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure

Toprol XL, a beta-blocker whose generic equivalent is Metoprolol Succinate, treats chest pain, heart failure and high blood pressure. Lowering high blood pressure is conducive to stroke, heart attack and kidney disease prevention. The drug blocks the action of a natural chemical in the human body known as epinephrine affecting the heart and blood vessels. […]

Plavix Treats Heart Disease; May Lead to Severe Allergies

When taken orally, Plavix, also known generically as Clopidogrel, may help prevent heart attacks, severe chest pain and blood clots. Side effects include head pain, joint pain, bleeding of the stomach or intestines, hemorrhage, nosebleed, eczema, itching and rash. Severe ones include abnormal liver function tests and low blood pressure; decreased blood cells; hemophilia; acute […]

Nexium Addresses Acid Reflux, Ulcers;May Cause Stomach, Muscle, Blood Problems

Nexium treats stomach and esophagus problems such as acid reflux and ulcers. Known as the generic drug esomeprazole magnesium, the drug decreases the amount of acid the stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing and cough. Nexium helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers and may help […]

Synthroid Treats Hypothyroidism; May Cause Heart, Extremities’ Problems

Synthroid treats hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, goiters or thyroid cancer. Also known as the generic drug levothyroxine, it replaces or provides more thyroid hormone, which is produced by the thyroid gland. Low thyroid hormone levels take place on their own or when the gland is damaged by radiation/drug therapy or surgically removed. Symptoms include […]