Category Archives: Bee Healthy

Bee Healthy Tip: Kids and Sleep – How Much Is Enough?

Your Monthly Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II:  from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.

Metrodrugs2staff

Kids and Sleep: How Much Is Enough?

What happens when your kid doesn’t get enough sleep? Does he turn into Oscar the Grouch? Not a surprise, really. But moodiness isn’t the only downside of a lack of shuteye.

Sleep is critical for mental and physical development. In fact, a lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, injuries, diabetes, and obesity in kids, as well as depression in teens (and adults) *1,2

Sleep guidelines for kids. About a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new sleep guidelines for kids. In case you missed it, here’s what they now recommend: Continue reading

Bee Healthy Tip – Fireworks Safety: Have fun and stay safe

Your July 2017 Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II: from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson, and Lauren Scott.

Metrodrugs2staff

Fireworks Safety
Have Fun and Stay Safe on July 4

fireworks flagsEveryone loves July 4th fireworks! Attending a professional fireworks celebration is best. But if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off, follow these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Follow warnings and instructions.
  • Be sure others are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.

Source: U.S. Consumer

MetroDrug_logo

1201 W. 10th St.   618-524-8400
Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit our website for lots of resources
to help keep you and your family healthy!

(Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.)

Bee Healthy Tip – Bug Bites and Stings: When to See a Doctor

Your June-2017 Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II: from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson, and Lauren Scott.

Metrodrugs2staff

bug bites stingsBug Bites and Stings
When to see a Doctor

Most bug bites and stings aren’t serious and can be safely treated at home with topical medication, such as hydrocortisone cream or an oral antihistamine to reduce the itch. But sometimes a bug bite or sting could become serious.

bug bites stings2Go to the emergency room immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after a sting or bite:
• Difficulty breathing.
• The sensation that your throat is closing.
• Swollen lips, tongue or face.
• Chest pain.
• A racing heartbeat lasting more than a few minutes.
• Dizziness.
• Vomiting.
• Headache.
• A red, donut-shaped rash that develops after a tick bite. This could be a sign of Lyme disease. • A fever with a red or black spotty rash that spreads. This could be a sign of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology

MetroDrug_logo

1201 W. 10th St.   618-524-8400
Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit our website for lots of resources
to help keep you and your family healthy!

(Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.)

Bee Healthy Tip – Aging Women: Ways to Stay Healthier

Your May-2017 Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II:  from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.

Metrodrugs2staff

Aging Women: Ways to Stay Healthier

Like a surprise visit from your least favorite relative, aging can bring more than you’d bargained for: a few more wrinkles, a little less stamina, floppy arms, baggy kneecaps…. Sound familiar? Worse, though, are the big health changes that may accompany aging. Many of these you can’t even see. Here are some tips to point you in a healthier direction.

Where’s the fat? As it turns out, not all fat is created equal. Where you carry your fat can make a big difference, especially as you age. A recent study of women in their seventh decade of life found that being overweight or obese didn’t shorten their lives, unless the weight was carried at their waists. The risk of death was consistently higher in women with waists measuring more than 31.5 inches. However, there was an exception: Compared with white or black women, Latinas had lower death rates at any waist measurement or body mass index (BMI).*1

A second study also found that pockets of fat near the heart can be a hazard for women as estrogen levels drop after menopause. For the first time, researchers have shown a link between this type of fat and the risk of calcium build-up in the heart’s blood vessels.*2 Bottom line? As you age, healthy diet and physical exercise are more important than ever to reduce your risk of heart disease.

The new smoking: sitting. When it comes to activity, your cells apparently don’t lie. Each day, do you sit for more than 10 hours and get fewer than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity? If so, your cells might be eight years older than your actual age! That’s what a recent research study found when assessing nearly 1,500 women, aged 64 to 95.*3 A second small study of 70 women also found that walking briskly at least 150 minutes a week can improve weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels in as little as 10 weeks.*4 Moral of the story? Enjoy that retirement, but keep moving!

Medications for older women. As you age, you’re more likely to take medication. And, in general, women are more likely to take more drugs than men. Over age 65, 9 in 10 take at least one drug a week and more than four in 10 take at least five different drugs a week. Twelve percent take 10 or more drugs per week.*5

But as you age, your body changes. It contains less water and more fat, which changes how your body processes medication. Also, your kidneys and liver may be less able to rid your body of drugs. *5

What does this all mean for you? It means taking medications over age 65 is more likely to cause side effects and drug interactions.*5 And that means that our teamwork is more important than ever. Let’s stay in touch to be sure you are on the right type and dose of medications.

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition

MetroDrug_logo

1201 W. 10th St.   618-524-8400
Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Visit our website for lots of resources
to help keep you and your family healthy!

Sources

Bee Healthy Tip – Meditation Benefits

Your monthly Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II: from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson, and Lauren Scott.

Metrodrugs2staff

Meditation
Benefits for Mind and Body

Meditation is a mind-and-body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and-body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior.

There are many types of meditation, but most have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible; a specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking or other positions); a focus of attention (a specially chosen word or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath); and an open attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them).

Some research suggests that practicing meditation may help reduce blood pressure, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Meditation is generally considered to be safe for healthy people.

Sources: National Institutes of Health; National Center for Complem

MetroDrug_logo

1201 W. 10th St.   618-524-8400
Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit our website for lots of resources
to help keep you and your family healthy!

(Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.)

Bee Healthy Tip: Using Antibiotics Wisely

Metrodrugs2staff

Tim Lawson, Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.

Your monthly Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team at Metropolis Drugs II.

Using Antibiotics Wisely:
They Fight Bacteria, Not Viruses

Antibiotics are meant to be used against bacterial infections. For example, they are used to treat strep throat, which is caused by streptococcal bacteria, and skin infections caused by staphylococcal bacteria.

Although antibiotics kill bacteria, they are not effective against viruses. Therefore, they will not be effective against viral infections such as colds, most coughs, many types of sore throat and the flu.

Using antibiotics against viral infections:
• Won’t cure the infection
• Won’t keep other individuals from catching the virus
• Won’t help a person feel better
• May cause unnecessary, harmful side effects
• May contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Patients and healthcare professionals alike can play an important role in combating antibiotic resistance. Patients should not demand antibiotics when a healthcare professional says the drugs are not needed.

Healthcare professionals should prescribe antibiotics only for infections they believe
to be caused by bacteria.

As a patient, your best approach is to ask your healthcare professional whether an
antibiotic is likely to be effective for your condition. Also, ask what else you can do to
relieve your symptoms.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

MetroDrug_logo

1201 W. 10th St.   618-524-8400
Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Visit our website for lots of resources
to help keep you and your family healthy!

(Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.)

Bee Healthy – Emotions and Heart Disease

wellnessLearn how your emotional health influences your heart.

In the past 40 years, cases of heart disease in the U.S. have dropped by 20 percent.(*1) Now, that’s news worth celebrating! Efforts at prevention, detection, and treatment appear to paying off. For example, Americans’ cholesterol levels keep falling. Researchers think that ditching trans fats from our diets may be one reason why. (*2)

Still, heart disease here remains the number-one cause of death in both men and women.(*2) We can do so much more to support our faithful tickers. You might be surprised to learn how much your emotional health influences your heart. Check out a few recent studies:

Pessimism. A study lasting 11 years looked at the risks linked to pessimism among 3,000 men and women. And guess what? That “glass-half-empty” attitude seemed to have a pretty big impact. Those who were most pessimistic were twice as likely to die of heart disease as the least pessimistic. The researchers can’t prove that negativity caused the rise in heart-related deaths. But this emotioncan lead to an increase in hormones related to stress and inflammation. And, that might help explain the link. (*3)

Worry. An even larger study of 7,000 Norwegians also found a link between worrying about a heart attack and actually having one. The “worried well” were twice as likely to have a heart attack as those who weren’t anxious about their health. Again, the link can’t be proven, but physical changes from anxiety are the likely culprit. (*4)

Depression. Over 10 years, researchers tracked 1,100 women and found that those with a history of depression had a much higher risk of heart disease. In fact, in women younger than 65 with no history of heart problems, depression was the only significant risk factor linked with developing heart disease. Depression can produce stress hormones. But it may it may also lead to unhealthy behaviors that can increase the risks. (*5)

Anger. Either intense anger or physical exertion doubles the odds of having a first heart attack. Even worse? Combining the two triples that risk, according to a study of 12,000 people. Chances are, anger and intense activity simply trigger an attack in people who already have artery-clogging plaques, say the researchers. Intense emotions or activity may cause a domino effect: A rise in blood pressure and heart rate constricts blood vessels. That, in turn, causes plaques to rupture and cut off blood flow to the heart. (*6)

Spotting any trends, anyone?

With medical help or even self-care such as meditation or relaxation exercises, you can learn how to shift some of these moods. If these emotions are a challenge for you, I’ll also do what I can to help. For one thing, I can point you to reliable sources of health information.  Together we can work on managing blood pressure including discussing a few changes to your diet and lifestyle.  Review the signs of a heart attack and make an appointment with your doctor today to know your overall health.

Another Helpful Health Tip from
the Trusted Team at Metropolis Drugs II

Metrodrugs2staff

MetroDrug_logo

1201 W. 10th St.   618-524-8400
Open Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Visit our website for lots of resources

to help keep you and your family healthy!

Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice.  You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.

Sources:

  1. HealthDay: U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162007.html
  2. HealthDay: Americans’ Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162292.html
  3. HealthDay: Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162083.html
  4. HealthDay: Hypochondriacs May Worry Themselves Into Heart Trouble. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_161838.html
  5. Women’s Brain Health Initiative: Depression Can Fuel Heart Disease in Midlife Women: Available at: http://womensbrainhealth.org/think-twice/depression-can-fuel- heart-disease- in-midlife- women 
  6. HealthDay: Anger, Heavy Exertion: Fast Track to a Heart Attack? Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_161395.html