Archive for June, 2013

June is National Safety Month – How Safe Are You?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:12 No Comments

Today, I have asked a colleague of mine to submit a guest post. Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN, is a health writer who started her professional life as a registered nurse. She is passionate about helping people learn about medical and health issues in a way that anyone can understand. Marijke writes for many print and […]

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Do You Eat? Take Meds? Then You Need the Food Drug Interaction Guide

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 17:22 No Comments

The Food and Drug Administration Consumer Education About Medicine program publishes a guide to help consumers avoid harmful interactions between the medicines they take and the food they eat or beverages they drink: Avoid Food-Drug Interactions-A Guide Many drugs are listed by name, categorized by what conditions they are prescribed for: allergies/asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular conditions, […]

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June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 16:13 No Comments

Have you ever watched from inside your body as your vision got rainbow-edged blurry and then narrowed down to a pinpoint so you feared you were going blind? That’s what my migraine aura feels like. And, I am not alone – there are 37 million people in the U.S. who get migraines, too.   Every […]

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Leonard Neff (my dad), the original empowered health care consumer

Monday, June 3, 2013 19:39 No Comments

My father, Leonard Neff,  the original empowered health care consumer, died 7 years ago of pancreatic cancer. But he successfully fought, and won, against previous diagnoses of lung cancer and prostate cancer. Despite being a physician who should have known better, Dad wasn’t so great at taking care of his own health in some ways. […]

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National Cancer Survivors’ Day 2013

Sunday, June 2, 2013 13:44 No Comments

Today, 14 million American cancer survivors are celebrating that they are living full, productive, and joyful lives after being treated for cancer. Here’s my shout-out to family members and friends who are living fulfilling lives as cancer survivors: My mom, Essie Neff (breast cancer); her brother, Isaiah Share (salivary gland cancer); my cousin Tracy Porter […]

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Be Prepared: Before You Enter the Hospital

Saturday, June 1, 2013 7:00 No Comments

If you are scheduled to go into the hospital in the near future, I recommend that you read this brochure before you go: Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital. Learn to care for yourself after returning home from the hospital and reduce the risk that you’ll need to be […]

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