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Q: Since menopause, I've noticed dryness and itching “down there.” Is there anything besides hormone pills that can help? Vaginal dryness and discomfort affect over 75% of post-menopausal women. These symptoms also commonly affect women taking anti-estrogen medicines for breast cancer. Without...
Years ago, while speaking to 120 pharmacy students in an auditorium in Pullman, Washington, I had my first hot flash. I noticed my scalp suddenly feeling hot and prickly. Two heartbeats later, a shower of sweat gushed down my neck and back. In less than 5 seconds, I was soaking wet! Can...
Queen Elizabeth died on September 8, 2022. As the longest reigning British monarch, her passing leaves a massive void in the United Kingdom and that of the entire world. The Queen represented the stability of an institution and a British cultural identity. When you think of England, your mind...
Last month, I needed to make a dessert for a potluck. I had recently purchased an entire box of locally grown peaches from a lady who goes to our church. The fresh fruit was marvelous, but I needed to use the rest of them quickly. One peachy possibility for the potluck was a peach pie. However, I...
Q: Which ear drops remove ear wax best? Some people (like yours truly) are enthusiastic earwax producers and ask themselves this question frequently. The medical name for earwax is cerumen, which comes from the Latin word "cera," which means wax. But cerumen isn’t really a “wax” at all. It’s a...
Q:           Can I get a COVID-19 and flu vaccine simultaneously? Yes, with two exceptions. The nasal spray vaccine Flumist® contains live virus, so you should wait 2 weeks between getting COVID and Flumist® vaccinations. Getting a flu shot helps protect you from some of the severe effects of COVID...
With the recent news of student loans being forgiven up to $10,000, some are not rejoicing. Their reasons include that this will further destroy our economy, unfair to those who paid off their student loans, and those who opted to go to trade school rather than university. Out of all the rebuffs to...
You are not alone if you suspect your medicine is upsetting your stomach. As a pharmacist, I hear this complaint the most: "These pills are making me sick!” In fact, the most common side effect of ANY medication is stomach upset, also called “gastrointestinal distress” or “GI distress." Symptoms of...
Most consumers assume homeopathic products are “natural” and cannot be harmful, but this is not always true. Homeopathy comes from the Greek word homoios, which means "similar." Homeopathic physicians believe diseases can be cured by giving a substance that causes similar symptoms in healthy people...
Q: When one of my medicines became available as a generic, my insurance plan forced me to switch. Ever since I haven’t felt the same. My doctor insists that it is the exact same medicine, but if that’s so, why doesn’t it work as well? Generic medicines are considered equivalent to their brand-name...

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