Dandruff Problem?

That Darned Dandruff: There’s Help for the Itching and Flaking

Simple dry skin is the most common cause of dandruff. If this is the cause of yours, you’ll likely have areas of dry skin all over your body. Another frequent cause is irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis), which is marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales.

 
Not shampooing enough can be a culprit. If you don’t regularly wash your hair, oils and skin cells from your scalp can build up, causing dandruff. Other causes can include psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis (from sensitivity to hair-care products) or a yeast-like fungus.

 
If you are experiencing dandruff flaking or an itchy scalp, see your doctor, who should be able to determine its cause by looking at your skin.

 
— Source: The Mayo Clinic

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Your Mammogram: Make It More Comfortable with These Tips

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
— a great time to schedule that mammogram you may have been putting off. If anxiety about possible discomfort has kept you from picking up the phone, try these tips.

■ Hold off on caffeine. Caffeine has a tendency to make a woman’s breasts tender and lumpy, potentially making the mammogram uncomfortable. Avoid drinking coffee and tea, unless it’s decaffeinated, for a week prior to a mammogram. Other items containing caffeine include diet drinks, chocolate and even some common over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Be sure to read the label of any OTC medications before you take them prior to a
scheduled mammogram.

■ Check your calendar. “Most women’s breasts are naturally more tender or slightly swollen during the week prior to their menstrual period,” says Alicia Starr, M.D., medical director at Baylor Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center. “Try to avoid scheduling your annual mammogram during this time.”

— Source: Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas

Vaccinations available at Moye’s…An ounce of prevention

Flu season is upon us and now is a great time to get your flu vaccine.  Just walk in — No appointment necessary. If you are on Medicare then you may be eligible to get your flu shot for free!  Don’t delay, get your flu shot today!

AND…Did you know that Moye’s Pharmacy offers vaccination services including the vaccine for shingles?  Shingles can be very painful and debilitating.  If you have ever had chickenpox then you are at risk.

Click below to learn more about the shingles vaccine or call your Moye’s pharmacist for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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“Diabesity” in America

type-2-diabetes2The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 2 out of 5 Americans are now expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. A new study finds that the increase is related to the rise in obesity rate combined with our lengthening lifespans.

Some minority groups are being hit even harder. 50 percent of black women and hispanic men and women will likely develop type 2 diabetes over the course of their adult lives.

Researchers evaluated medical records for over 600,000 people between 1985 to 2011. They found that the lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes increased for the average 20-year-old American man, jumping from nearly 21 percent in the late 1980s to just over 40 percent in 2011. For women, it grew from 27 percent to 40 percent in the same time period. 

The article notes, “Doctors have coined the term ‘diabesity’ to reflect the combined effects of the diabetes and obesity epidemics.”

The good news is that with the improvements in medical treatment, people with type 2 diabetes are living longer.

The key to reversing this trend is better preventative health technics: daily exercise, eating right, and getting enough sleep.

–Source: WebMD’s article “40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes: CDC”