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Drug Interactions and Side Effects, Part 1
October 12, 2017
Studies show that 1.5 million Americans are hurt each year by preventable medicine errors. Many people are unaware that over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics can cause potentially serious adverse effects when used in combination with other common medications. Robert Baker realized there was a problem with people obtaining overall drug information after conducting extensive research. As a pharmacist, Robert has had extensive patient interaction for over the last 30 years. This gave him great insight into what patients need to have – useful at hand knowledge of their medications. Some of the more important issues patients stressed were over-the-counter (OTC) interactions with their current medications, as well as interactions among their prescription medications. The result is MyRxProfile, a convenient patient-friendly app that can help consumers be forewarned about potential drug interactions and side effects. Available from Apple and Android app stores, the app draws on a database of over 30,000 common prescription and over-the-counter medications. Click HERE for part 2.



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Drug Interactions and Side Effects, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with pharmacist Robert Baker, developer of MyRxProfile, a convenient patient-friendly app that can help consumers be forewarned about potential drug interactions and side effects. Click HERE for part 1.



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Intelligent Medicine Update, Part 1
July 20, 2017
Do smart phones make us dumb? Does smelling food make us fat? Why are there no actual veggies in Hain “Veggie Straws? Does sugar consumption by expectant moms produce allergic kids? Is your doctor prescribing that expensive drug because of a lobster dinner? Repeated steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis thin cartilage, may hasten progression to knee replacement; Yet another super cholesterol drug crashes and burns; Can you still rely on your Epi-pen past its expiration date? Click HERE for part 2.



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Intelligent Medicine Update, Part 2

Do smart phones make us dumb? Does smelling food make us fat? Why are there no actual veggies in Hain “Veggie Straws? Does sugar consumption by expectant moms produce allergic kids? Is your doctor prescribing that expensive drug because of a lobster dinner? Repeated steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis thin cartilage, may hasten progression to knee replacement; Yet another super cholesterol drug crashes and burns; Can you still rely on your Epi-pen past its expiration date? Click HERE for part 1.



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The Dangers of Excessive Medication, Part 1
April 27, 2017
Polypharmacy--the prescribing of multiple medications simultaneously--is a big problem, especially among seniors. Surveys reveal that the average 65+ individual takes 14 prescription medications per year! It's not uncommon to see elderly patients taking 6 or 7 drugs daily. Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org), highlights the dangers of excessive medication. What three drug categories cause 60% of the serious complications among seniors? How is it that pharmaceutical meds are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.? Of particular concern is the indiscriminate prescribing of opiates for ordinary back pain, a condition that affects 70% of older adults. What are the alternatives? Click HERE for part 2.



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The Dangers of Excessive Medication, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Su Robotti, founder of the Medshadow Foundation (www.medshadow.org). Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A with Leyla, Part 1
January 11, 2017
New Year’s resolutions! Which is better, Tylenol or ibuprofen? Do you agree with Dr. Josh Mitteldorf’s critique of the “alleged” importance of antioxidants? Click HERE for part 2.



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Leyla Weighs In
September 16, 2016
In a continuation of "Leyla Weighs In" from last week, Hoffman Center Nutritionist Leyla Muedin talks about whether your prescription medications are depleting your nutritional status.



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Leyla Weighs In
September 9, 2016
Are your prescription medications depleting your nutritional status?



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Balancing Drug Risks and Benefits, Part 1
December 8, 2015
MedShadow.org is a website devoted to critical evaluation of drugs and therapies to empower medical consumers. Its founder, Suzanne Robotti, was prompted to start the MedShadow Foundation when her son was prescribed Ritalin for ADHD. She questioned the doctor whether there were any long-term studies on side effects for ADHD medications--there were none. Suzanne weighs in on the pros and cons of the HPV vaccine; drawbacks of the popular asthma drug Advair; unnecessary and potentially dangerous medical tests; how to properly research drug side effects; food as medicine; medical marijuana; and the Choose Wisely Campaign which aims to enlist the public in curtailing useless or obsolete medical interventions. Click HERE for part 2.



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