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Five Ways Americans Unite to Help One Another

americans-uniteIt seems as though there's a lot of disagreement in our country these days. Political parties not only argue with each other, but they also fight within their ranks. Turn on the news and bickering is everywhere. Click on any internet story and you'll read through pages of angry comments.

Despite all the noise, however, Americans truly are more united than divided. And one of the issues that unites all kinds of Americans is supporting our veterans. In fact, it's part of a long tradition that goes back to the founding fathers, and there are plenty of ways you can reach out and show your appreciation as well.

  1. A tradition of honoring heroism. In 1782, George Washington issued orders to honor soldiers who showed exceptional distinction by awarding them the Badge of Military Merit. Now called the Purple Heart, it's given to men and women in uniform who have been injured or killed in combat or captivity. As the oldest medal currently in use, over 1.7 million have received the honor.


The Truth About Alzheimer's: Early Detection is Key

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It's the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer's disease.

Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer's, it's not a normal part of growing older. And while there's not yet a way to prevent, cure or even slow the progression of the disease, people with Alzheimer's can benefit from detecting it early. During June - Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month - the Alzheimer's Association is encouraging everyone to learn the truth about Alzheimer's disease.

"Misunderstanding crucial facts about the disease can have consequences that can lead to stigma, delayed medical attention and inadequate support for caregivers," says Ruth Drew, director of family and information services, Alzheimer's Association. "Greater understanding of Alzheimer's is urgently needed given the dramatic impact of the disease. It devastates too many families for it to remain a mystery. We need everyone to know the truth about Alzheimer's so we can bridge current gaps and build greater support toward advancing treatments and finding a cure."



Five Important Questions About Pancreatic Cancer

pancreatic cancer, managingThis year alone, nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth highest cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

The statistics about pancreatic cancer are staggering because unlike some other cancers, diagnosis is difficult as there is no screening test, and symptoms can be subtle and mimic other conditions. It often goes undetected in the early stages, and in advanced stages, symptoms are present but non-specific — such as digestive issues, back pain, and weight loss.



Fresh Ideas for Adding More Steps to Your Day

sunlit-walk-with-childIt’s beginning to sound like a broken record: “Walk more! Aim for 10,000 steps a day!”  But taking the stairs instead of the elevator will only add so many steps. Grab a few fresh tips to help you rack up the miles:

1.     Pace the room while waiting at the doctor’s office.

2.     Go an extra lap around the perimeter aisles at the grocery store before checking out.

3.     Hide the remote so you have to actually get up to change the channel.

4.     Park several rows away instead of fighting other drivers for that single open spot near the door.

5.     Walk around the field while your grandchild is playing soccer or baseball.

6.     March in place while brushing your teeth (shut the door first if you’d like).

7.     Going to the mailbox? Take a lap around the house first—then take the time to say hello to that chatty neighbor who flags you down.



Good morning hypothyroidism: How more than 2-3 percent of Americans greet the day

Many of us have a morning routine. However, millions of Americans say “good morning” a little differently. For individuals living with the incurable condition of hypothyroidism, their morning routine is likely to include taking medication at the same time before breakfast each morning, as prescribed by their doctor.

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, medication adherence is important for helping the body function when it comes to thyroid care. To help patients, AbbVie launched Good Morning Hypothyroidism (GMH), a program that focuses on creating a daily routine to help manage the life-long condition of hypothyroidism. When and how patients take their medication can affect the way the body absorbs it, so resources encouraging patients to establish and follow to a daily routine are important.


Five Myths and One Truth about Colds and Flu

pharmacist-patientSpring may be here, but colds and flu are still in season. Sometimes speaking with a doctor isn't convenient when you're sick, so many reach out to friends and family, desperate to find some way to feel better. More often than not, the home remedies they're given are nothing more than old wives' tales.

A better plan of action is to turn to your pharmacist for help. Often more accessible than a doctor, all you have to do is walk up to the counter and ask them for expert advice. If you've ever wondered how to prevent a cold or how to feel better when you do have one, registered pharmacist and health expert, Jim Morelli, is here to weigh in on some of the most pervasive cold and flu myths, and point you to what really works.


Take Your Medicine: 5 Steps to Make Sure You Don't Miss a Dose

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Did you remember to take your medication today? If the answer is no, you're not alone. People all over the country make the same mistake every single day. Research shows more than 50 percent of prescription medication users fail to take their medications when they are supposed to. And if you're taking more than one type of medication, it gets even harder to remember.

As people's days have gotten busier than ever, it's not surprising regular medication doses are forgotten. At the same time, traditional helpers such as pillboxes, calendars, alarms and plastic bags simply aren't effective reminders. They just seem to add more stress.

"The entire system puts so much burden on the individual," says TJ Parker, co-founder of PillPack, a full-service, online pharmacy. "They're not only stressed about their condition but are also keeping track of multiple refills, calling their doctors, coordinating with their insurance companies, constantly having to remember to take their pills - it's a lot for anyone to have to manage. And then their chronic condition isn't just a life hurdle, it's all-consuming."