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Aging- What’s Normal?

Have you heard the one about the 90-year-old patient who tells the doctor his right knee hurts? The doctor says, “You’re 90. What do you expect? You’re going to have joint pain.” The patient replies, “Well, doctor, that’s an interesting concept, but you know my left knee is the exact…

Medicines Perpetuate Diagnosis

Medications Perpetuate the Diagnosis: As a registered nurse with a sincere passion for what I do, I’m very frequently in awe of what proper care and the right medications can accomplish. I work in pediatric intensive care, and every shift I’m thankful for all the ways care and medicine can…

5 Worst Drugs that Cause Dry Eye Disease

Dry eye disease is irritating and painful. As an optometrist, I know there are many possible causes, but the medicines you take might be the culprit.  Drugs are a common part of American life, 36% of people between the ages of 18-44 take between one and four medicines daily and…

Common OTC Drugs Linked to Cognitive Impairment

Common over-the-counter (OTC) medicines used to treat cold and allergies, as well as sleep aids, are linked to cognitive impairment in the elderly, including an increased risk of dementia. It’s more than likely that the medicines, which are known as anticholinergic drugs, are in your medicine cabinet. Some common brand…

With Benadryl, a Murky Risk-Benefit Analysis

By Kimberly Bliss This past winter break, my partner and I are drove up to the Berkshires for vacation with our 5-year-old son. As I packed for his first ski camp and yet another snowstorm, I also made sure I packed individual packets of single dose children’s Benadryl. Not for…

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