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Clinician’s Corner: Fluoride

A dentist told me when he started dental school in the 1980’s a professor told him, that with fluoridation of water becoming so common they probably wouldn’t have a job in a few years! Little did that professor know that kids would be drinking sugary beverages and not even...

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Clinician’s Corner: Iron supplementation

Let’s discuss another very common cation, 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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Clinician’s Corner: Potassium

Another important cation we frequently dispense in the pharmacy is potassium. Potassium is the most abundant cation in intracellular fluid, where it is responsible for maintaining intracellular fluid volume. Intracellular fluid, which is found inside the cells accounts for 55% of our body’s total water volume.  Potassium is important...

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Clinician’s Corner: Critical Supplements

As we have wrapped up all of the vital-amines (vitamins) lets discuss some other critical supplements. First let’s start with magnesium. We all know that potassium gets most of the attention when we think of diuretic use, but magnesium is becoming equally important. Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant...

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Getting around high prescription prices

By Charlotte Ames | cames@wtajtv.com Published 05/09 2016 10:04AM Updated 05/09 2016 10:51AM Altoona, Blair County, Pa. A  recent AARP survey shows the price of hundreds of the most commonly used prescription drugs increasing at 6  times the rate of inflation and even the cost of some generics, which...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin K

Let’s wrap the last fat soluble vitamin. This one we never get to recommend over the counter. We get plenty from our diet, as well as make our own in our gut. We learned in school that fat soluble vitamins are accumulated, and water soluble vitamins are quickly removed....

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin E (tocopherol)

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin with antioxidant properties; it protects cell membranes from oxidation and destruction. A few decades ago it was widely touted for everything, however lately its use has fallen out of favor. As an antioxidant, it protects cells from the damage caused by free...

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Clinician’s Corner: Vitamin-D

As we continue our review of the fat soluble vitamins, lets discuss Vitamin-D, the one fat soluble vitamin we should be recommending. In a study done in 2011, the overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was 41.6%, with the highest rate seen in blacks (82.1%), followed by Hispanics...

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Clinician’s Corner: Fat Soluble Vitamins

Now we start our journey through the fat soluble vitamins of A, D, E, K. These vitamins can accumulate and cause adverse effects. Rarely does someone get excess fat soluble vitamins from the diet, but excess supplementation may cause accumulation and potential serious side effects. Vitamin-A What it does:...

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