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A closer look at penicillin allergies

(While Scott takes a summer break from blogging, here’s a slightly refreshed older post that may be new to many:) Allergies are taken seriously by health professionals. As a pharmacist, when I’m dispensing a medication, it’s my responsibility to ensure that the medication is safe and appropriate for the patient. Asking about allergies is a […]

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BMI and the Obesity Epidemic

The incidence of overweight and obesity continues to climb in the US, and throughout the world. The most recent statistics from the CDC indicate that, from 2000-2014, obesity in the US increased from 30 to 37% in adults, and 13 to 17% in children. A recent NEJM study of obesity worldwide found: In 2015, a […]

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Planning a summer vacation? Pack your health coverage!

If you’re planning a vacation abroad this summer, you already know that there’s a lot to do before you leave. There are suitcases to pack, an itinerary to plan, and perhaps a passport to renew. We want you to have the most relaxing vacation possible, so before you go don’t forget to: Look into Medicare […]

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What naturopaths really want

Legislative Alchemy Mark Crislip, MD, SBM’s own infectious diseases expert, recently observed that he was increasingly seeing patients whose very real diseases are being managed with bogus naturopathic therapies, as opposed to his experience earlier in his career, where naturopathic treatment was more commonly in addition to medical management. What to do when the patient […]

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Minnesota Measles

Graph of measles incidence by year in the United States. Note the sharp drop in the mid-60s when two measles vaccines were introduced. There is currently a measles outbreak in Minnesota. This was, unfortunately, entirely predictable – not, of course, that an outbreak would occur specifically in Minnesota, but that we would start to see […]

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Healthy men need health screenings, too

Have you ever put off doing something and later wished you’d just gotten it over with? If you’re a man with Medicare, now’s the time to talk with your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, or both. Screening tests can find cancer early, when treatment works best. Don’t put off screenings if you’re […]

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When Drugs Cost Too Much

How much is it reasonable to pay for a drug? If I have a headache, I would gladly pay a dollar for a dose of Motrin, but if it cost $500 I think I would rather endure the headache and save my hard-earned money for other things. If I had a history of life-threatening anaphylactic […]

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