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Can taking the flu shot really give you the flu?

September 11, 2014

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The short answer is here is NO. There is no direct “cause-effect” relationship between receiving the flu vaccine and being infected with influenza(aka “flu”). However, here are some reasons why someone may have flu after they have been vaccinated: The flu shot can cause mild side effects that are sometimes mistaken for flu: Most influenza vaccines […]

What the DEA rescheduling of Hydrocodone products to Schedule II means for you

August 25, 2014

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In the U.S, there is a progressive five-category system put in place by the congress for controlled substances, classified as Schedule I through V. There are classed in decreasing order of potential psychological or physical dependence, where Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence and Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential […]

“Are you saying the Ebola infected Americans are not a threat to the U.S. public?”

August 2, 2014

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For the past 3 days, since the U.S. government agreed to help get two U.S workers who are battling Ebola infections back to the United States for treatment, several people have expressed their worries on U.S outbreaks and infections. At work and on social media, I have received questions from people wanting to know how the […]

Fast facts about the Ebola Virus

July 29, 2014

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At least 729 people in four countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria — have died since cases first emerged in March. Two American health workers in Liberia have been infected, and an American man of Liberian descent died in Nigeria from the disease. It has gone quickly from a third world problem, to […]

How to travel with your medication

July 14, 2014

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Summer is here…one of the most exhilarating seasons; along with trips, travels, adventures and memories to keep you going till next year. Whether you plan on backpacking in Europe, bumming on the beach, or taking a road trip, there is no greater way to ruin the perfect vacation than not having your medication handy and in good […]

Q: Which goes on first – insect repellent or sunscreen?

April 11, 2014

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A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  you should apply sunscreen first before lightly applying insect repellent. Usually about 15 to 20 minutes apart. The reason is that sunscreen is highly absorptive, therefore putting it on top of repellent may cause your skin to soak up more of the chemicals (such as DEET) […]