Childhood Obesity

According to the CDC, the most common health problem now facing American children is obesity. 22% of children and teens are overweight and another 15% are obese. These kids are at an enormously increased risk for becoming obese adults. In fact, the epidemic is even worse in adults, with up to 65% of Americans weighing […]

Noel Nausea?

Many people experience nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, overindulgence of food and drinks, or from some other undefined ailment such as a virus. With the holidays fast-approaching, it is important to know the reason for the nausea to treat it appropriately. First there is Motion Sickness: Non-pharmacy: Some tips for you to prevent motion […]

Minerals Many Miss

Is your diet similar to most Americans? If so, you are not getting enough of some very important nutrients. You should try to get them naturally from food, but if you think you are missing something, ask your pharmacist for help! Iron: The name alone implies strength, but most women do not get enough, especially […]

Drug Take Back Day 2013

Do you know what the most abused drug is? The answer may surprise you. It is not an illegal drug like marijuana or crystal meth. It is legal, regulated medication including over-the-counter and prescription medications. However, people who abuse these most often get these products by finding them in the medicine cupboard of a family […]

Work-out

WORK-out The biggest complaint about finding time to work out is “I’m too tired after work”. But, most people who do exercise most days of the week say that it helps them feel more energetic. Sounds like a conundrum – too tired to work out, but not working our might make you feel more tired. […]

Don’t Trip This Fall

Falls Have a nice TRIP, See you next FALL? It’s almost that time of year again. Coffee shops are advertising pumpkin drinks and donuts; the leaves are almost ready to change into beautiful colors and start falling. Hopefully, though, the leaves and snowflakes are the ONLY things falling this year – not YOU. The Erie […]

Does Milk Make You Yuck?

Milk Allergy or Intolerance? Young children sometimes develop allergies to foods, with symptoms ranging from swollen eyes to nausea to difficulty breathing, just like an allergy to pollen or dust. Other children develop intolerances to food with symptoms ranging from heartburn to cramps to severe diarrhea. If your child has an allergy, he is likely […]

Once It’s In, You Can’t Get It Back Out!

Once it’s in, you can’t get it back out! As kids all over the country go back to school, they are probably going to be sharing lots of things. They will share stories of friends and teachers. They will share books and homework. They will also share germs, bumps, bruises, and all manner of ouchies. […]

‘Tis The Season… For The flu!

‘Tis the season… For the flu! With Labor Day right around the corner and the kids going back to school, the end of summer is near, and fall is fast approaching. For most this means a joyous season of cooler weather, holidays with family, and of course, pumpkin pie.Others dread this season because of illnesses […]

Old Meds, Unused Meds, and Expired Meds…Oh My!

Old Meds, Unused Meds, and Expired Meds…Oh My! Imagine you just picked up your refill from the local pharmacy for a routine medication you’ve been taking for years. Your doctor always writes your prescription for ninety days, because it saves you money. Two weeks later you have a checkup and your doctor changes your medication. […]

Just Like a Heat Wave…

Just Like a Heat Wave… Contributed by Dr. Rebecca Wise With soaring temperatures across our nation this summer, we all have been enjoying some much-needed sunshine in the great outdoors, but have you ever gotten too hot? Have you ever suffered from extreme heat? Maybe you have and didn’t even know it. When your body […]

Drug-Interactions – It’s all about chemistry

Drug-Interactions – It’s all about chemistry Drug-Interactions – It’s all about chemistry: In the simplest sense, a drug is a chemical substance that creates an enhancing, moderating, or diminishing effect when introduced into the body. This includes prescription medication, of course, but also over the counter (OTC) medications, some food-related chemicals (such as caffeine and […]

5 Wise Ways To Beat Seasonal Allergies:

5 Wise Ways To Beat Seasonal Allergies: By Dr. Rebecca Wise 5 Wise Ways To Beat Seasonal Allergies: 1. Identify triggers (Are you allergic to pollen, dust, mold, animal dander?) 2. Avoid triggers when possible (being in an air-conditioned environment during peak hay-fever season, avoiding certain foods, and eliminating dust mites and animal dander from […]

Free Rx Discount Cards – Too Good To Be True?

Free Rx Discount Cards – too good to be true? Free Rx Discount Cards – too good to be true? By Dr. Rebecca Wise A friend of mine asked me about a card he got in the mail that claimed to be a prescription discount card – up to 75% off – entirely free to […]

Holiday Stressing You Out?

Holiday Stressing You Out? Holiday Stressing You Out? Stress and depression are very common during the holidays with an enormous demand on our time, money, and emotion. Whether it’s a work party you have to attend, an unexpected gift you have to buy, or friends and family that expect you to host them in a […]

Wise Words – Breast Self Exam

Breast Self Exam Save your Ta-ta’s! Many of us wear pink in October every year to help raise awareness of Breast Cancer. We have pink ribboned shirts, pink bejeweled pens, and great Facebook status updates. All that lady-centered fun to help “save the ta-ta’s”. But, do you do the simplest thing for your own breasts […]

Wise Words – Food & Drug Interaction

What happens during a food-drug interaction? What happens during a food-drug interaction? When you get a prescription medication, there is often a sticker that says how to take the drug. For example, “take with food” or “take on an empty stomach” or “drink water” or “avoid dairy”. Food-drug interactions can happen with both prescription and […]

Wise Words – Acne

Acne Vulgaris Its name says it all – Acne is Vulgar. The marks it causes are called “blemishes” because they mar an otherwise beautiful face. It can cause more mental anguish than just about any other physical difference among teenagers. Those are a lot of unpleasant statements about such a common condition! Maybe this article […]

Wise Words – Traveling Health

Traveling Health by Dr. Rebecca Wise At the end of winter in NW PA, folks often feel a little “cabin fever” and schedule a vacation to escape the weather. Time away from the rigors of daily life is important and can be a wonderful way to create memories to cherish for years to come. These […]

Wise Words 03-05-12

What happens during a food-drug interaction? by Dr. Rebecca Wise When you get a prescription medication, there is often a sticker that says how to take the drug. For example, “take with food” or “take on an empty stomach” or “drink water” or “avoid dairy”. Food-drug interactions can happen with both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) […]