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Q: What’s the difference between enriched and fortified foods?  Starting in the 1920s, the federal government addressed diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies by encouraging food manufacturers to add certain nutrients to specific foods.  The earliest example of adding something to a...
Q:  My doctor’s office won’t refill my prescriptions over the phone. They always want me to contact my pharmacy instead. But when I went to pick up my refill yesterday, the pharmacy said it wasn’t ready because they hadn’t heard back from my doctor yet. But I requested it almost a week ago! ...
This week, I’ve given two senior ladies their second shot of Shingrix®, the “new” shingles vaccine. Next week, I have a 92-year-old man scheduled to get his first one. He has already had shingles and wants to avoid the misery of another episode. For most seniors, insurance covers at least...
With so much information coming at us each day, it can be hard to get through all the data to know what’s important, and what’s not. Our research team did the heavy lifting for you and came up with what we think are the most compelling numbers to focus on in the upcoming election. Economy $68,703 ...
Q: Since menopause, I've noticed more and more vaginal dryness. Is there anything besides hormone pills that can help?   You are not alone. Over 75% of post-menopausal women, plus many women taking anti-estrogen medicines like aromatase inhibitors for breast cancer treatment or prevention,...
I urge all readers/shoppers to buy American made products this holiday season. And try to name your newborns something comprehensible too. But if you want to stand out in a crowd, if you want to run with the Black Lives Matter crowd, then …. yes folks, it’s hard to believe, but some NFL...
Hate can cause you to despise people for the color of their skin. Today most of us see racism as the biggest social problem in history. The quickest way to end any discussion is to call someone a racist.  Hate can cause you to dismiss people based on their religious beliefs. Wars have been...
Q: Can phytoestrogens relieve common menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats? What about women with breast cancer? I experienced my first hot flush one March afternoon in Pullman, Washington. Standing in front of 120 pharmacy students, I was explaining how a particular weight...
Breast cancer can be triggered by the hormone estrogen. Because of this, many women take anti-estrogen medicine to prevent breast cancer, treat it, or prevent it from coming back.  There are two types of anti-estrogen medications: estrogen blocking agents and estrogen production inhibitors....
Sour grapes? Yes, I spew them all the time. Try fixing a problem or complaining about justice. “Just Us” is the way of the wealthy seeking legally related actions. Bureaucracy wants nothing more than to ask for more forms and more affidavits and more red tape and then will drag the issue...

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