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Years ago, while speaking to 120 pharmacy students in an auditorium in Pullman, Washington, I had my first hot flash. I noticed my scalp suddenly feeling hot and prickly. Two heartbeats later, a shower of sweat gushed down my neck and back. In less than 5 seconds, I was soaking wet! Can...
Last month, I needed to make a dessert for a potluck. I had recently purchased an entire box of locally grown peaches from a lady who goes to our church. The fresh fruit was marvelous, but I needed to use the rest of them quickly. One peachy possibility for the potluck was a peach pie. However, I...
Q: Which ear drops remove ear wax best? Some people (like yours truly) are enthusiastic earwax producers and ask themselves this question frequently. The medical name for earwax is cerumen, which comes from the Latin word "cera," which means wax. But cerumen isn’t really a “wax” at all. It’s a...
Q: I’m taking a medicine that really upsets my stomach. Is there any way to keep it from doing that? You are not alone if you suspect your medicine is upsetting your stomach. As a pharmacist, I hear this complaint the most: "These pills are making me sick!” In fact, the most common side effect of...
Most consumers assume homeopathic products are “natural” and cannot be harmful, but this is not always true. Homeopathy comes from the Greek word homoios, which means "similar." Homeopathic physicians believe diseases can be cured by giving a substance that causes similar symptoms in healthy people...
Q: When one of my medicines became available as a generic, my insurance plan forced me to switch. Ever since I haven’t felt the same. My doctor insists that it is the exact same medicine, but if that’s so, why doesn’t it work as well? Generic medicines are considered equivalent to their brand-name...
Q: My husband takes 1000mg of Vitamin C when he feels a cold coming on. Does it really help? Yes. Vitamin C does not prevent the common cold but can decrease the symptoms and shorten its duration. Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C was identified as a vitamin in 1928. Although this discovery earned the...
A cup of coffee gives me a pleasant lift in the afternoon, but if my husband drinks it after 1 p.m., he can’t sleep at night. While he can enjoy a couple of beers with no trouble, if I have more than one, I’m looking for the nearest flat surface for a nap. One of my co-workers at the 200-bed...

Courtesy Okanogan PUD An open padmount transformer and “hot stick” were on display at last year’s Okanogan County Fair.
Editor’s note: Following is the second of four weekly columns by Okanogan PUD Public Relations Coordinator Sheila Corson in observance of Electricity Safety Month featuring tips about powerline safety, padmount transformers, outages and meters. This information can also be round on the PUD Facebook...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...

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