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11Dec, 2014

Caffeine and Bone Loss

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The correlation between caffeinated drinks and lowered bone density has been well established, although other chemicals in many of these beverages can also contribute to calcium loss.  The rate of damage can often be associated with contributing factors, such as: Age Genetics/predisposition or risk factor for osteoporosis Amount and frequency of caffeine intake Other nutritional intake Types of caffeinated beverages that are consumed Does Caffeine Affect Bone Density? Overall, it is highly recommended that individuals who may be at risk for osteoporosis either limit or completely eliminate caffeine consumption.  This […]
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5Dec, 2014

Managing Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a neurological disease that affects the function of the brain and spinal cord. It is specifically related to the deterioration of the myelin sheaths that cover nerve endings, and this can inhibit the way that signals are processed from the brain. As a result, muscular actions and physical sensations are often distorted. Like Medico Specialty Pharmacy on Facebook! What are the Symptoms for MS? Although symptoms can vary depending on the type of MS or the stage to which the scarring of the myelin sheaths has […]
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3Dec, 2014

The Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

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Although osteoporosis can result in a chronic lessening of the density of bones, it is also a preventable and treatable disease. Learning about the causes of the disease and the treatment options can allow many patients to find relief from the symptoms while actively making lifestyle changes that can halt the progression of the illness. What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is essentially a condition in which the bones become porous and brittle. This can lead to larger health concerns such as fractures and breaks, as well as back and joint pains […]
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1Dec, 2014

Living with HIV

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Although the two diseases are associated with one another, HIV and AIDS are technically different illness stages that are linked. While people with AIDS have HIV, not all patients who are HIV positive progress to the stage of AIDS. HIV is a virus that attacks the T cells in the body, and thus causes a reaction that leads to a compromised immune system. AIDS is the outcome of when HIV has progressed to the point that the immune system can no longer fight off any illness. This means that the […]
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26Nov, 2014

Breast Cancer Symptoms

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Although breast cancer affects more women, it can also be a disease that affects men. It is essentially a condition where the breast tissue becomes invaded with cancerous growths, and generally starts either in the tubules of the breast or the milk glands. In many cases it can be managed if it is caught through early screening, but treatment and cure can include a different prognosis. Early Screening for Patients Many women will go through screening for breast cancer when they see their physicians for a regular checkup. While this […]
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24Nov, 2014

What Causes Crohn’s Disease?

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This chronic condition affects the digestive tract and can lead to debilitating episodes for patients who suffer from the disease. While it is often confused with ulcerative colitis, it affects a different area of the bowels, and utilizes a different treatment method for management. What is Crohn’s Disease? The most basic definition is that Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the bowel. While the exact causes are unknown, it is classified as an auto-immune disease, where the body attacks certain areas of the digestive tract, causing the continued inflammation. […]
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21Nov, 2014

What is a Specialty Pharmacy?

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Although a number of specialty pharmacies exist as stand-alone treatment providers, the rise of chronic and complex conditions has also led to specialty pharmacies that may operate out of a traditional pharmacy setting. The brief definition is that these providers are trained and certified to handle specialty pharmaceuticals, which can include chemotherapy drugs. What are Specialty Pharmaceuticals? The specialty pharmaceuticals definition is any class of drug that often has a complex process for manufacturing or administering. These will often include biological or bio-pharmaceutical drugs, but can also include synthesized compounds […]
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12Nov, 2014

Hepatitis C Signs & Symptoms

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Hepatitis C is one of the three viral infections that can affect the liver and its functions. This illness can be treated and contained if it is caught in the early stages, however, late diagnosis and interventions can lead to chronic health problems. It is also important for people who think that they may have Hep C to identify the illness in order to avoid contamination of others, and recognizing the signs and symptoms is the first step towards management. Hepatitis C Transmission The Hep C virus is transmitted by […]
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10Nov, 2014

How to Prevent Diabetes

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If diabetes were an infectious disease, the United States would be in the midst of an epidemic. With 24 million Americans diagnosed and 6 million Americans unaware that they have diabetes, it’s projected that 48 million people will have diabetes by 2050. The symptoms associated with diabetes are sprawling, ranging from weight gain to vision complications to nerve damage so severe it results in the loss of a limb. Living with diabetes can be an emotional roller coaster for the person diagnosed, and their loved ones. Like MedicoRx® Specialty Pharmacy […]
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17Oct, 2014

Ebola Virus Symptoms

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The 2014 Ebola outbreak is largest in history since it was discovered 40 years ago, and has come as a massive shock to the world. It’s claimed over 4,000 lives thus far, and while it began in West Africa, travel related cases have arisen in Germany, Spain, Norway, France, UK, and USA. The disease kills more than half of the people it infects. The outbreak started in West Africa in Guinea, taking a hold in urban areas with widespread transmission in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and Nigeria with localized […]
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8Oct, 2014

The Symptoms of Joint Disease and a Few Treatments

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Do you have chronic joint discomfort and pain? If so, it might be time to take it seriously. Stiffness, bodily pain, loss of flexibility, or a grating sensation in your joints can all be difficult to live with. If you experience these symptoms on a regular basis, you may be suffering from degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, and should make an appointment with your doctor to talk about it. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between your bones that keeps joints lubricated becomes worn down, and friction develops, creating discomfort and […]
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29Sep, 2014

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Across the United States, the month of September is observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing our brave children diagnosed with cancer, remembering the young lives taken too soon, and standing with the families facing childhood cancer. The leading cause of death by disease in children under fifteen, cancer is diagnosed in 15,780 children under the age of 21 each year in the US; one fourth of them will not survive the battle. The objective of this month is to highlight the various types of […]
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16Sep, 2014

Activities to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis can be uncomfortable at best, and debilitating at worst. The symptoms of acute pain, swollen joints, and fatigue can interfere with your quality of life and ability to undertake daily tasks and projects. Developing a better understanding of your arthritis and knowing what steps you can take to cope with your pain can make a huge difference in your overall happiness. What is Rheumatoid arthritis? Affecting almost 1.3 million people in the US, Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy […]
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3Sep, 2014

Taming Your Stubborn Blood Pressure

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The leading cause of stroke and heart attack, high blood pressure is largely a symptom-free condition. Making it tougher to tackle is that pinpointing the underlying causes can be tricky; there are a lot of variables involved and blood pressure fluctuates circumstantially. While one in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure, 10% of those on prescription drugs still have dangerously high blood pressure readings. Known as resistant hypertension, this raises the risk of heart disease and stroke even more. Resistant hypertension results from: Patient noncompliance with treatment Secondary hypertension […]
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22Aug, 2014

Advancements in Cancer Research with Immunotherapy

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One of the most exciting and innovating things evolving in cancer research is experimental immunotherapy. With the ability to disguise itself from the immune system, cancer is an extremely cunning disease. The way that the body usually responds to an abnormal cell is to eradicate it with white blood cells. In petri dishes, white blood cells can do this to cancer cells. However, in the body, it’s a totally different scenario. The immune system is an enormously powerful mechanism. A collection of organs, substances, and special cells, our immune system […]
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21Aug, 2014

Oncology Hospitalists: An Emerging and Growing Specialty

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As a medical specialty, the number of hospitalists, along with the number of institutions using hospitalists, has grown rapidly since the mid-1990s. There were about 11,000 hospitalists working in the United States in 2003, according to a Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) estimate, and about 35,000 in 2012. Traditionally, hospitalists have been physicians trained in internal medicine who provide care to hospitalized patients. But hospitalist programs have expanded beyond being the “generalist,” and have moved into specialties such as neurology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, general surgery, and oncology. Although not yet […]
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21Aug, 2014

FDA Approves New Treatment for Rare Genetic Disease

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The FDA on Tuesday granted approval to Genzyme’s eliglustat (Cerdelga), the only first-line oral therapy for patients with Type 1 Gaucher disease. The rare genetic disease occurs in patients who do not produce enough of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase, which causes fatty materials to collect in the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. Eliglustat inhibits the metabolic process that forms the production of the fatty materials in those with the disease, which currently affects approximately 6000 people in the United States. In a press release, Amy G. Egan, MD, MPH, deputy director of […]
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