Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal   Before you leave the house, take a look at the bottle of sunscreen you’ve packed: do you know how this stuff even works? You might not care what’s in your sunscreen. But we at Family Pharmacy care about sunscreen, because it helps keep people safe from skin cancers: studies have shown that UV radiation from the sun causes cancer at the same level as plutonium and cigarettes.   SPF The first number that everyone knows to look for is SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and it is the number which tells

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Why You Should Finish Your Antibiotics Course

Why You Should Finish Your Antibiotics Course   For over one-hundred years, a war has been raging. It’s the war of antibiotics against bacteria. Since 1907, humans have been making more powerful pharmaceuticals to kill the microscopic bugs. But the bugs keep adapting.   What does this have to do with me? When your doctor prescribes you a course of antibiotics, the goal of taking them is to eliminate all the bacteria in your body that are making you sick—that seems simple enough. But say you get to day five of your course, and you’re feeling pretty much back to

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5 Keys to Staying Hydrated

5 Keys to Staying Hydrated The average high temperature in Springfield in July is 89 degrees1. Already in June, we’ve been hitting temperatures in the 90s, and it shows no signs of cooling off any time soon. It’s more important than ever to stay hydrated and safe when the sun is at its highest. We’ve put together some tips to keep you and your children safe this summer.   1 Keep water with you wherever you go, and drink it often. You might think this one goes without saying, but most people don’t realize how much water they need to

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5 Non-Cliché Father’s Day Gifts

  5 Non-Cliché Father’s Day Gifts   The family gathers round to watch Dad unwrap his presents. He tries to smile as he pulls out bits of stitched fabric one by one. A red tie! A blue tie! A pink and purple paisley tie! It’s the old yearly ritual. Straight to the back of the closet they go. You can be the clever son or daughter who breaks the mold. Take your inspiration from these non-cliché Father’s Day gifts this year.   1 – Bacon Roses You got your mom roses for her special day, but eventually they died and

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Treating Poison Ivy

      Living in the Ozarks means you’re constantly surrounded by plants and shrubs. Identifying poison ivy can be difficult, but the rash that it can leave you with is unmistakable. It’s important to understand what actually causes a poison ivy rash. All parts of the plant carry an oil called urushiol (oo-ROO-shee-awl), and it is this oil that is absorbed into your skin if it is left untreated for 12 hours or more. Limiting the Spread of the Rash If you’re not sure that the urushiol is limited to only your hands and arms, it’s best to take

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6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep   The more we research the effects of sleep, the more we are realizing that a good night’s sleep is essential to your health and happiness. It can lower your risk for certain diseases, improve your mood, and let you live a longer life. If you aren’t sleeping well or for enough hours, there are important habits you might want to change. Use these tips for a better night’s sleep starting tonight.   1-Avoid caffeine after the morning Caffeine might get you through early mornings and drowsy afternoons, but it can stay in

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How to Treat Constipation in Your Child

How to Treat Constipation in Your Child Every kid has a bout of constipation during childhood, so it’s rarely something to worry about. It can be caused by hundreds of things, from fatty, sugary diets to medication side effects, or even the simple fear that going to the bathroom will hurt. Your home treatment should vary depending on if this is a one-time blockage or a chronic problem.   One-Time Constipation Sometimes your child’s digestive system just doesn’t get the job done, and they may go without a bowel movement for several days. Fiber and fluids aren’t enough at that

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National Nurses Week

    National Nurses Week   On the day you were born, a nurse was there to clean you up and wrap you in a blanket. A nurse took your temperature when you got an ear infection in 3rd grade. And a nurse measured your blood pressure just last week.   But they do so much more than that. They help patients with contagious and dangerous diseases, knowing they’re at risk. They calm and restrain violent patients, and comfort those who are scared and confused.   They give all of themselves to their work, knowing that at any time their

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6 Non-Cliche Mother’s Day Gifts

6 Non-Cliché Mother’s Day Gifts   Last year it was a pair of earrings, and the year before it was flowers. Of course Mom was happy to get something from you on Mother’s Day, but this year you want to turn “happy” into “ecstatic”.   You’ve got to get her something you know she wants, but isn’t expecting. Use these six ideas to find the right gift that will get you on the good list for months.   Portable Bluetooth speaker Every mom has her tunes, but might not know how to listen to them outside of the car radio.

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day   Saturday April 30th, 2016 10:00 AM—2:00 PM   Please note that due to regulations, medications can only be accepted during event hours. No inhalers, sharps, or glass accepted.     The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is hosting its 11th National Medication Take-Back Day on April 30 this year. This event is designed to promote awareness of and reduce abuse of prescription drugs in the United States.   Anyone in the community can come to a dropoff location to get rid of their unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The unused, expired or

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