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You have the flu - now what?

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
Flu season is here, and that means you or a loved one might have been diagnosed with the flu.

Can the Flu Be Treated?

Yes — the flu can be treated with antiviral medications.

Antivirals are medications that fight the flu in your body. These medications are not sold over the counter. They require a prescription from your doctor.

Antivirals are different from antibiotics because antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections — not viral infections.

Simple steps to teach kids to brush their teeth

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
As an adult, brushing your teeth is something you could probably do with your eyes closed. But for kids, this twice-daily task isn't so simple.

Children don't automatically know how to brush their teeth or how long or how often to do so. Fortunately, you can help your kids understand exactly how to keep their teeth in mint condition. For information on teaching and motivating children to brush their teeth and common mistakes to avoid, keep reading.

Motivating Children to Brush Their Teeth

FDA approves generics of multiple sclerosis Rx

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved generic versions of Gilenya, a multiple sclerosis (MS) medication.

Gilenya (fingolimod) is used to treat adults with relapsing forms of MS. This medication is available in capsule form. The FDA initially approved this drug in 2010, but it has only been available as a brand-name medication — until now.

This month, the FDA approved three applications for generic Gilenya. A generic version means a more affordable treatment option.

Top nine items to keep in your medicine cabinet

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
Here are nine products to consider stocking in your medicine cabinet to keep yourself and your family healthy.

1. Pain and fever reducer

If you have pain or a fever, having acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) in your medicine cabinet is important.

When taking these medications, do not exceed the recommended daily amounts. Taking more than recommended can be harmful.

These types of medications may not be safe for some people. Be sure to speak with your health care provider about which pain and fever reducer is the safest for you.

Birchaven Village and independence House recognized

Birchaven Village and Independence House, divisions of Blanchard Valley Health System, have earned a Five Star Overall ranking from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Recognitions such as this are a measure of how well we are doing,” said Bridgett Mundy, Director of both facilities. “Throughout our organization we have forged a culture that inspires people to do the extraordinary every day.”

Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about long term care facilities. It contains quality of care information on over 15,000 Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities in the country. 

New plastic surgeon joins Mercy Health-St. Rita's

Mercy Health  welcomes Joel L Shanklin, MD, FACS, to the Mercy Health – Lima Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery department.

A provider that with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Shanklin areas of expertise include aesthetic plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery.

“There is a negative connotation often associated with plastic surgery, but I think that it’s important to acknowledge that patients all have a different reason for seeking out treatment. Birth defects, disease and traumatic injury, for example,” said Dr. Shanklin.