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3/26/2012 2:05:27 PM
How to Fight Seasonal Allergies
After one of the mildest winters on record, spring has come early to the North East. The willow tree next door of our Palisades offices sports some green already, and yesterday I actually saw a butterfly. The daffodils are in full bloom, and most of us are excited about these developments--unless of course, you suffer from seasonal allergies. With an early spring comes an earlier onset of seasonal allergies. Tree pollen, like birch, alder or maple, tends to be the culprit, when it comes to allergy-related miseries. When a sensitized individual inhales pollen, the body’s own defense mechanisms react with the release of histamines, and they...
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1/11/2010 12:08:48 PM
The Winter Blues
Right now, the U.S., Europe and China are in the grip of severely cold weather. Winter, and its accompanying cold and flu season, is clearly upon us. Inclement conditions, along with short days, tend to keep most of us indoors, and in close proximity to each other. As a pharmacist, I come in frequent contact with customers who are suffering  from colds or the flu, and you may wonder how I protect myself.* To put things into perspective, we all constantly come into contact with disease-causing bacteria and viruses, but mostly, we do not get sick. Our bodies largely have the ability to protect us, and I think it’s important to remember...
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1/10/2012 12:16:02 PM
Dealing With Post-Holiday Stress
The holidays are over, and with January’s arrival, come the post-holiday credit card bills. It’s stressful, and stress can greatly hamper our immune systems, making us more susceptible to catching colds and other illnesses. Unfortunately, the height of cold and flu season is just around the corner. For the Northeast, it usually occurs in February. With this in mind, here are some of my favorite stay-well tips!Wash your hands. As a pharmacist, I often come in contact with patients who feel under the weather. For that reason, I am an advocate of hand washing to prevent the spread of illness. Frequent hand washing and the overuse of...
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