It's that time of the year again: the school bells are ready to ring, and anticipation for the new academic year is here! As we welcome the return to school, we at Neighbor’s Pharmacy find it crucial to provide our children with some essential health techniques to ensure their well-being throughout the year. Here are some tips for maintaining good health during the back-to-school period to begin a successful school year. Before you start the school year, ensure that your child is up to date with their health check-ups and immunizations. Regular health examinations are crucial to detect potential health
The adage "Sleep is the best medicine" is more than a saying. It is backed by scientific evidence confirming the multifaceted benefits of a whole night's sleep. Firstly, adequate sleep is a pillar of good health. During sleep, our bodies perform vital functions such as repairing tissues, releasing growth hormones, and consolidating memories. This rejuvenating process is essential to maintain physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Sleep not only heals our bodies but also fortifies our minds. It enhances our cognitive abilities, including creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities. Moreover, it plays a crucial role in memory consolidation, helping us retain learned information and
With warmer, sunny days upon us, it is vital to be aware of ways to protect yourself from the factors that can cause melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can be fatal if not detected and treated early. However, there are several ways to prevent melanoma from developing in the first place. Melanoma is caused by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds is the most common cause of melanoma. Still, other factors can increase your risk of developing this type of skin cancer. These include
Eating healthy is essential for maintaining a healthy body weight, preventing chronic diseases, and improving overall health and well-being. However, with so much conflicting information about what constitutes a healthy diet, it can be difficult to know where to start. Since May is National Nutrition Month, Neighbors Pharmacy has provided easy-to-follow tips for healthy eating that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Focus on Whole Foods One of the most important things you can do for your health is to eat a diet rich in whole foods. These foods are minimally processed and contain no added sugars or artificial ingredients.
Over the last few years, over 65 million people have been affected by a strain of COVID-19. Now that the original wave of COVID illnesses has calmed down, doctors are beginning to learn more about the effects of long covid, the symptoms that linger after experiencing COVID, sometimes for years. Scientists have found that long covid affects various internal organs in different ways. For example, some people are reporting chest palpitations and pain. In addition, researchers have seen a correlation between COVID and abnormal gas exchanges in the lungs which can result in coughing or dyspnea. There has also been an
Andrea Nakayama once said, “you’re not what you eat. You’re what your body can do with what you eat.” Likely by now, most of us have slowly forgotten about our New Year’s resolutions. However, National Nutrition Month, which falls every March, is a wonderful opportunity to get back in the saddle and take control of your health and your diet. Lots of fruits and veggies “Eat your fruits and vegetables” is a saying that is told to almost everyone at some point in their lives. In elementary school, we learn about the food groups and how a colorful plate is the healthiest.
Once upon a time, Saint Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for teaching the Christian scriptures to those persecuted in the third century. Today, Valentine’s Day has become a significant cultural and religious celebration in many places of the world through folk traditions. But how? There are a couple of different theories about what missionary work Saint Valentine performed in Rome. Some historians say he restored sight to the blind daughter of his jailer. Others believe he was performing weddings for the Christians that were forbidden to marry. Still, others tell that there was romance in his story, claiming he signed his
For any new parent, the first time your baby starts to feel under the weather, it’s a scary time. Are they just reacting to a new food, are they experiencing allergies for the first time, are they just teething, or are they COVID or RSV? All of these things have similar symptoms, so it can be nerve-wracking letting your baby figure out how sickness feels and how to deal with these new sensations. Nevertheless, the first bout of sniffles will come, and you’ll have a thousand and one questions. The Neighbors Pharmacy team has answered a few frequently asked questions
“It’s the holiday season, so hoop-de-do and dickory dock, and don’t forget to hang up your sock.” The holiday season is a joyous time of giving and family gatherings. As you and your loved ones gather to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, it is also the perfect time to ask some very important questions and get to know your family’s health history. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Why in the world do I need to know Aunt Sue has high cholesterol and Uncle Joe has varicose veins?” Your family’s medical history can help doctors identify trends and diagnose your
Every year from around November to March, doctors see a rise in cases of RSV, respiratory syncytial virus, in young children. Although most cases of RSV are mild, and it is believed that all children under two years have experienced the virus at least once, the illness still hospitalizes thousands each year (some studies show as many as 60,000 hospitalizations each year). RSV affects small children by creating a mucus buildup in the lungs. This blockage can restrict oxygen intake. In some cases, infants can also experience pneumonia related to RSV and fail to eat, which will require admittance into a