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Clinician’s Corner: Gout

Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis, affecting approximately 8.3 million Americans (6.1 million men and 2.2 million women). Gout has been increasing over the last half century, due to the aging of the population, increased use of medications that can trigger gout, and the obesity epidemic. It is...

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Clinician’s Corner: Use of E-cigarettes

My wife, Denise and I had the privilege of attending a program sponsored by our local Chamber of Commerce, featuring Dr. George Zlupko.  Dr Zlupko is our areas leading pulmonologist, who founded the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania and has provided services to the Altoona area for 3...

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Clinician’s Corner: Alcoholic Vitamins

Alcoholics often eat poorly, limiting their supply of essential nutrients and affecting both energy supply as well as cell and organ system structure maintenance. In general, moderate drinkers (two drinks or less per day) seem to be at little risk for nutritional deficiencies.  Furthermore, alcohol affects all the pharmacokinetic...

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Clinician’s Corner: Zinc

We started this journey through the vitamin aisle on November 1,2018 with Clinician’s Corner.  Now 4 and ½ months later we wrap up this journey through the vitamins and supplements with Zinc. Zinc is considered to be an essential “trace element” that has to come from the diet. Involved...

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Clinician’s Corner: Calcium

Let’s discuss one of the most common supplements in our vitamin section, calcium. Calcium is most abundant mineral in our body. Calcium is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement in out vitamin section, and present in some medicines, we recommend as an antacid...

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Clinician’s Corner: IRON SUPPLEMENTATION

Let’s discuss another very common element, which approximately 14% to 18% of Americans supplement their diets with. Iron is a mineral that is naturally present in many foods, used to fortify some food products, and available as a dietary supplement. Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, a red...

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Clinician’s Corner: TREATMENT of HYPERkalemia

Too much of a good thing?  TREATMENT of HYPERkalemia Last week we discussed potassium supplementation and the treatment of hypokalemia. Even more challenging is when the potassium levels rise excessively, due to chronic kidney disease, heart failure, excessive tissue trauma (burns, etc.) or medications. Hyperkalemia: serum potassium level greater...

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