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Are You Reaching for the Right Pain Medication?

03.20.2015

(StatePoint) The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States — more than any other drug. Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be “no.” “Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects,” says Dr. Donald Teater, M.D., medical advisor to the National Safety Council. Acute pain includes dental pain, back pain, renal colic pain (kidney stones), sprains and fractures. What may be surprising to some is that studies show a combination of over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective at relieving acute pain than opioids. Not only are opioids less effective than NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) in particular …

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Eating Between Meals May Help You Live Longer—If You Do It rRght

03.04.2015

You probably think of your afternoon snack as an indulgence, one that adds pounds, not benefits. But not if you make smart choices. Studies suggest that some between-meal bites may actually extend your life and help you maintain a healthy weight. For most people, snacking contributes about 25 percent of your daily calories. That’s why you want to make every bite count. A study from Auburn University in Alabama found that older adults who snacked twice per day got 18 percent more vitamin C, 16 percent more beta carotene, and 10 percent more vitamin E than those who didn’t. They also got slightly more magnesium and potassium. What makes a healthy snack? Small portions of nutrient-packed, unprocessed foods. Allow yourself two snacks per day. Each should include at least two food groups and have 150 to 200 calories. Consumer Reports’ food experts say a 6-ounce container of low-fat yogurt with …

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9 Smart Ways to Save on Health Care

02.18.2015

How to get more bang from your out-of-pocket buck 1. Don’t pay for care you don’t need. If you are sick and need to see a doctor but your doctor can’t see you because he or she has no openings, go to Boca Regional Urgent Care (BRUC) and avoid the expense of going to the E.R. Of course there are times that and E.R. visit is necessary but if it isn’t you can save a lot on copays and out of pocket costs by going to BRUC. The Clinic is open every day from 9am-9pm. Walk right in, no appointment is needed. Pre-registration is available online at BocaRegionalUrgentCare.com 2. Find out the price ahead of time. Obviously this tactic works only for non-emergency situations. But did you know that the price of a routine MRI might vary four-fold among imaging centers that participate in your health plan? Or that an …

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What’s Wrong With Herbal Remedies

02.09.2015

They might not contain what they claim—and probably don’t work, either The millions of Americans who regularly take herbal supplements like echinacea, garlic, ginkgo biloba, and saw palmetto were likely shocked earlier this week by news that several popular products sold in major retail stores like GNC, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens might not contain what they claim. The supplement industry responded, predictably, by criticizing the tests, and several independent experts have also raised concerns about the methodology used by New York state regulators. But the argument over whether the tests were accurate obscures a basic problem with most dietary supplements: there’s very little evidence that they work in the first place. “The idea that dietary supplements cure the common cold, restore prostate health, sharpen your mind, or have any other health benefit is dubious at best,” says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., chief medical adviser for Consumer Reports. And that may …

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Tips to Manage Pain from Arthritis Naturally

02.04.2015

(StatePoint) One in five adults in the United States now reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For those living with the chronic pain of this disease, learning how to manage arthritis is crucial to the health and happiness of millions of Americans. With that in mind, here are several natural ways to reduce complications and pain associated with arthritis: • Those who are overweight or obese are diagnosed with an arthritis symptom more often than those with a lower body mass index, according to CDC statistics. Take a load off your joints by maintaining a healthy weight. Weight loss has also been linked to less pain from arthritis, especially in the knees, which bear the brunt of excess pounds. • Evidence indicates that both endurance and resistance exercise can provide significant benefits to those with osteoarthritis, according to the U.S. Department of …

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Ebola And The Flu

10.05.2014

While the Ebola virus is responsible for 3,338 deaths in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization, more than 226,000 Americans are hospitalized with flu and approximately 36,000 die from flu-related complications every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the daunting thing is that less than half of Americans got a flu shot last year!!! Even though it is recommended for everyone. It’s great that everyone is tuned in to what is going on with Ebola, especially since there have been cases in the US. It is a real learning experience for all of us. Hopefully people will appreciate that, while there is no cure or vaccine for Ebola, THERE IS A VACCINE FOR FLU which kills people every year. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to get flu vaccine this year. Boca Regional Urgent Care has the best vaccine out there, the Fluzone …

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Emergency Care vs. Urgent Care

09.22.2014

It can be frightening when a sudden illness or injury strikes, especially if your regular doctor is not available. You need to make a choice quickly about where to get the medical attention you need. But, it’s also important to have all the facts before you seek care. What Are My Options? Emergency Rooms: Emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day for potentially life-threatening emergencies. Many plans cover some portion of emergency care no matter where you are, even out of their network area. Once your condition is stable, you will generally be moved to an in-network provider for follow-up care. You may have an ER co-payment, co-insurance or deductible. You may also have an additional out-of-network charge. If you have questions about what constitutes an emergency, or about what emergency costs are covered, call your insurer. Urgent Care Centers: These centers have extended hours and are not equipped …

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5 skin-saving facts about sunscreen

06.26.2014

iTriage Using sunscreen correctly can help prevent skin cancer and signs of aging Sunscreen may be big business, but not nearly enough of us seem to buy into its importance. More than half of the respondents in a new Consumer Reports survey say they usually skip sunscreen. It’s not surprising, then, that the incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancers, the most common types, has reached alarming proportions—up 77 percent in the last 14 years—and rates of melanoma, the mostly deadly form of skin cancer, have also increased. Knowing the facts can save your birthday suit—and possibly your life. 1. You’re never too old to start wearing sunscreen For years, experts wrongly believed that people got most of their sun exposure before age 18. Here’s the reality: By age 40, you’ve racked up only half of your lifetime dose of UV rays; by age 60, just 74 percent. And for those older …

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Choosing Wisely: Choosing a Pain Reliever: What To Do If You Have Kidney Disease or Heart Problems

03.20.2014

Posted by: Consumer Reports Health on March 18, 2014 If you need a painkiller but suffer from high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease, it’s best to steer clear of some commonly used pain relievers. Those include: • Ibuprofen, which is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin, and also as a generic or store brand. You can buy it without a prescription at the drug store. It’s sometimes combined with other drugs in other over-the-counter products, such as certain cold remedies. • Naproxen, sold under the brand name Aleve and as a generic or store brand. It doesn’t need a prescription, either. • Celecoxib, a prescription drug sold as Celebrex. All three of those drugs, which are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can ease pain and inflammation. But they are too risky if you have any of those health problems. Here’s why: They’re bad for high …

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Why You Should Be Worried About Antibiotics

03.10.2014

Consumer Reports These lifesaving drugs are being misused and might stop working if we don’t take important precautions now. The drugs we have relied on for 70 years to fight bacterial infections—everything from infected cuts to potentially deadly pneumonia—are becoming powerless. Why? Because antibiotics are often misused by doctors, patients, and even people raising animals for meat. And that misuse, which includes prescribing or using those drugs incorrectly, breeds “superbugs”—dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can’t be easily controlled. The problem often starts when we’re sick. We ask our doctors for antibiotics to treat problems that the drugs simply don’t work against, such as colds or the flu. Those illnesses are usually caused by viruses, not bacteria—and antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Doctors, of course, know that the drugs don’t work for viral infections. But they’re often all too willing to comply. That’s partly because they want to make their patients happy, …

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