Congressman Westerman visited Frontier Pharmacy in Bismarck, AR this week to discuss healthcare and how to help small independent pharmacies.  Independent pharmacies are key to providing patient access to life saving drugs and healthcare counseling for all, especially in rural areas like Bismarck.  Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) ten years ago, Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) companies have become all too powerful.

 

 

 

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Choosing the Best Sunscreen

Choosing a sunscreen isn’t as simple as it used to be.

L’Oreal’s Anthelios SX and products containing Helioplex — designed to offer fuller protection against both UVA and UVB rays.  Given all the new options, how do you know which is the best sunscreen for you?

“For most people, trying to compare one sunscreen to another can be complicated,” says David J. Leffell, MD, professor of dermatology and surgery at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

While choosing the best sunscreen is important, perhaps even more crucial is using it correctly — something a lot of us don’t do, says Henry W. Lim, MD, chair of the department of dermatology at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit.  So before you plop down on the lawn chair — or take the kids to the beach — here are the sunscreen facts.

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Everyone is familiar with allergies. Constant sneezing. Nasal congestion. That awful runny and itchy nose… who can forget symptoms like those? Most people don’t know that allergies are actually our bodies overreacting to something that it normally wouldn’t (or shouldn’t).

Our bodies and immune systems fight back against what they interpret as invaders by releasing a chemical called histamine which is responsible for the symptoms we associate with allergies. These symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing, a runny or itchy nose, dry or itchy eyes, and dry mouth. Other symptoms include postnasal drip, cough (associated with asthma); and fatigue (in children).

Things that cause our bodies to release histamine and give us allergies are called “allergens.” Different allergens cause histamine release in different people. Allergy symptoms can arise during certain seasons or exist year-round. If you have year-round or long episodes of allergies, you may be allergic to pet dander, dust mites, mold, and other things common in homes or outside.

Seasonal allergies (also called hay fever) vary from person to person based on the season. If your allergies are worse in the spring (like mine are!), you’re likely allergic to tree pollen. If you have allergies in the summer, you may have an allergy to grass and weed pollen. Lastly, if you suffer more in the fall, your allergies are likely due to the higher ragweed counts.

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Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. Better known as CBD, it is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa (1). Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil. It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety. Here are seven health benefits of CBD oil that are backed by scientific evidence. (more…)

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