Akron Gifts for the Holidays

Stop in and check out our selection of Akron area inspired gifts for the holidays.  From the Temo’s chocolates, mixed nuts from the Peanut Shoppe, Waggoner’s Chocolates, Cuyahoga Valley Calendar and candles from the Akron Candle Company.  Your family and friends will love these gifts.

Winter is coming

 With the start of September, and the leaves changing colors, that means time for bonfires, corn mazes, and football.  Unfortunately it also means the cold weather is close ahead.  Make sure you are prepared with warm hats, gloves, and jackets to prevent those early season colds and help keep you picking apples and cheering on the Buckeyes!

Probiotics – the good bacteria that we love to eat!

Here’s a fun fact, there are more bacteria in our gut than there are hairs on our head. All day long these bacteria work to keep us healthy, digest our food, and keep us from getting sick. What can you do to make your bacteria work harder for you? Ortho Molecular’s probiotic, “Ortho-Biotic”, has over 22 billion live bacteria in a convenient capsule that you can take once a day, or once a week. Stop in today and talk to your pharmacist here at Sand Run about what probiotics can do for you!

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox and results in a painful rash.  Zostavax® is currently the only shingles vaccine approved for use in adults older than 50 years of age.  The vaccine is given as a one-time dose in your doctor’s office or pharmacy and can reduce your risk of developing shingles by 51%.  Your risk of getting shingles increases as you get older.  Therefore, the CDC currently recommends that everyone 60 years of age and older gets the shingles vaccine, even if they don’t remember having chicken pox.  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about the shingles vaccine.

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack in Women

A heart attack is an obstruction of a coronary artery that results in the death of heart muscle.  Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating.  However, in women heart attacks are likely to present with atypical symptoms, such as pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, upper back pressure, or extreme fatigue.  It is important for women to be aware of these signs and to call 911 right away if they even suspect that they are having a heart attack.

It’s tailgating time

 Whether you are rooting on your favorite local high school, Ohio State, or your hometown Cleveland Browns, be sure to be mindful of your health when tailgate temptations arise.  While party food is fine in moderation, before grabbing that third cheeseburger, make sure you hit the veggie tray first.  A well balanced diet is essential for staying energized and healthy through cold and flu season.

The ABC’s of Diabetes

If you have diabetes you may be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other complications.  Knowing the “ABC’s of diabetes,” including A1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol can help you ensure you keep your heart healthy.  A1c is a measure of blood glucose control over the previous 2-3 months and should be checked at least twice a year.  For most people with diabetes, the target A1c is less than 7%.  You should get your blood pressure checked at every doctor’s appointment.  Many people with diabetes have a target blood pressure of less than 140/90 mmHg.  Lastly, those with diabetes should have a full cholesterol panel measured at least once a year.  Talk to your doctor about what levels are appropriate for you!

Stay informed at VOTE !

With many new laws going into place in the near future, it is important to stay informed on both national and local legislations.  Check in with your local government or online in order to stay up to date, to be able to make educated decisions, and have your voice be heard in order to help mold our future.

 

Influenza vaccine time is now

 It is that time of year again!  Make sure to stop in and get your flu shot.  Remember caregivers, it is just as important for you to get your flu shot as well in order not to pass it on to the person to whom you are providing care.  It is a quick and painless process that will help prevent a potentially serious disease.  The best time to get vaccinated is anytime between now and the end of October

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Bad Breath, Mouthwash, and you

  Think that mouthwash is an essential part of your daily mouth care routine? In fact, most mouthwashes that are available over-the-counter will only temporarily cover bad breath, as they do not kill the bacteria that cause it. These mouthwashes are called “cosmetic.” Only mouthwashes that contain antibacterial ingredients or essential oils (called “therapeutic” mouthwash), may potentially kill bacteria and treat chronic bad breath. Instead, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily is more important to ensuring a healthy smile and fresh breath!