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Making Waves

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Waves in the ocean are formed with the interaction of the wind, water, and land. The gravitational pull of the moon on the Earth can influence tides that can impact the formation of waves. The wind transfers energy to the water. The stronger the wind, the more energy is generated to form waves. 

Weekend Doctor: Tarsal tunnel syndrome

By Lance Johnson, DPM, Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that can cause pain with every step you take. Tarsal tunnel, similar to carpal tunnel in the wrist, is a compressed or pinched nerve that occurs at the inside of the ankle. Symptoms can occur at the ankle, the heel and even the bottom of the foot. 

Weekend Doctor: Ibuprofen usage

By Jason Wartgow, APRN-CNP McComb Family Practice

You have sore muscles, so you take ibuprofen. You have a headache, so you take ibuprofen. You have arthritis pain, so you take ibuprofen. However, is it really safe to take ibuprofen regularly?

Ibuprofen is a pain reliever that is an over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for a range of aches and pains, including joint pain, muscular pain, toothaches, menstrual pain, and arthritis. It is available as tablets, capsules, syrup, as well as topical gel that you can rub into your skin. It is also available as an ingredient in combination remedies. While you can buy these over the counter, there are some formulations that are prescription only.

Hocus Pocus

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Halloween weekend was full of movies including the 1993 film Hocus Pocus. The movie was released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 16, 1993 and did not recoup the expense to make the movie.  However, it has become a Halloween classic about three witches played by actors Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy who are brought back to present day from Salem, Massachusetts. The movie has developed a following around Halloween and can be seen on several channels including Disney+. Currently, there is a sequel being produced that is to be released in 2022 for those who are fans of the movie. The title of the film had me thinking about the meaning of hocus pocus.

ONU preparing to provide pediatric COVID-19 vaccines

Ohio Northern University’s HealthWise Pharmacy and Mobile Clinic are preparing to offer pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11, pending CDC approval and deliveries of appropriate doses and supplies. Federal agencies have indicated the vaccines could be available as early as November.

“We’re 100 percent on board with this,” says College of Pharmacy Dean Steve Martin, Pharm.D.

Weekend Doctor: Living with an ostomy pouch

By Betzy McMaster RN, WCC, OMS Wound Care Solutions

An ostomy is a surgical procedure that diverts a portion of the intestines to the outer abdominal wall to create a stoma that expels stool. It is estimated 450,000 people in the U.S. have an ostomy. It is a new way of living and with modern medicine, patients can experience a full life again.