New cholesterol-busting drugs offer hope


A new class of cholesterol-busting drugs is providing hope to people with inherited high cholesterol, as well as those with cardiovascular disease who can’t manage their cholesterol with other medications. The two medications – Praluent, produced by Sanofi-Aventis, and Rapatha, made by Amgen – are the first to be approved in a new category of drugs known as proprotein convertase

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Understanding glaucoma: What every patient needs to know


Glaucoma, which affects more than 2.7 million Americans age 40 and over, is one of those diseases that seems to come on without warning, often stealing parts of a person’s vision seemingly out of the blue. Indeed, half of those suffering don’t even realize they have the disease.1 The team at Pharmacy Advantage RX understands how important it is for

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The five top cancer screenings you must have


If there’s a lesson to be learned from country music star Joey Feek’s recent diagnosis of stage IV cervical cancer – she is hoping to live through the holidays, according to People magazine – it is that early cancer diagnosis is vital. Although Feek is one of 4,000 women whose cancer diagnosis is tragically deemed fatal, the Centers for Disease

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Seven ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions


From vowing to lose a few pounds to promising to save a few bucks, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions each year, and most abandon their goals within a matter of weeks or months. About 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions, but only 8 percent successfully achieve their goals, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute. Among the

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In the lung cancer screening zone


Just because you have never smoked does not mean that this often-devastating disease shouldn’t be on your radar. At the heart of all lung cancer is a mutation in the DNA that can affect cells in the body as they reproduce. Over time, exposure to harmful substances such as cigarette smoke, asbestos and radon can gradually damage the lungs’ cell

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Six tips for avoiding the flu and colds


Keeping colds and flu at bay can seem daunting, especially if you’re surrounded by folks who are coughing and sneezing at home, work or school. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, which can easily be transmitted from one person to another or from a contaminated surface to a person. But you don’t need to suffer. Here are six ways

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Breakthroughs offer hope in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease


Recent breakthroughs have expanded the medical community’s understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, providing hope that new and effective treatments are on the horizon to assist the millions of people who are living with this incurable condition. More than 44 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. The numbers are expected to reach an estimated 75.6 million in

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Know diabetes’ early warning signs to live a healthy, long life


Writer Dan Fleshler was unnerved to discover he would continue to lead a long, healthy life despite having lived 53 years with diabetes. When he was first diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes, he wrote recently in an essay in The New York Times, physicians’ prognoses for those with diabetes were very different than they are today. Fleshler noted he’s one of

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Five extra tips to choose safe toys for kids of all ages


It’s easy to think choosing toys for kids is, well, child’s play. But a quick scan of toy-related deaths and injuries reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) proves that everything from balloons (choking, asphyxiation), tricycles (falls) and even stuffed toys (choking, asphyxiation) pose real dangers. Sure, you choose gifts that have passed regulatory standards, but sometimes that’s just

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Flu vaccines: A healthy shot in the arm to many


It’s that time of year again – flu season. But do you really need to go to the trouble of getting a shot? If you want to remain healthy, the current wisdom is that most people should indeed get their flu vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone older than six months of age be vaccinated, with

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