Senior Health and Well-Being

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FDA Approves Drug for Pulmonary Hypertension

Apr 14, 2024

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) on March 26, 2024.The announcement was great news, as I have managed many PAH patients over the years. The only treatments I could offer them were supplementary oxygen and other comfort measures. When I was a graduate student over thirty years...

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Successful Management of Psoriasis with SORIATANE® (acitretin)

Apr 10, 2024

Author’s Note: “Sarah” is an actual patient; however, the details of her story have been altered sufficiently to protect her privacy. I can assure you that her victory over psoriasis is quite natural. If you or someone you know is struggling with psoriasis, please get in touch with a licensed medical professional.Psoriasis can...

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Tretinoin or Retinol? What’s the Difference?

Mar 20, 2024

When I discuss acne treatments with patients, many of them ask me about vitamin A-based medications like tretinoin and retinol. I enjoy these discussions because it indicates that patients have taken the time to research their options and have a baseline understanding. An educated patient is the best patient! Remember to consult your healthcare...

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Clinical Success: Topical Tretinoin for Treating Adolescent Acne Vulgaris

Mar 17, 2024

Author’s Note: The details about “Jamie’s” case are fictionalized to protect his privacy. However, the story of Jamie’s victory over acne is entirely accurate. A licensed healthcare professional should direct any course of treatment with a prescription medicine.Acne vulgaris, commonly referred to as “acne”...

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FDA Reminds Older Adults to Be Careful with Medications

Mar 5, 2024

In February 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminded older adults about safety when taking prescription medications. I am pleased that the FDA issues these reminders, but I wish they had reminded older adults that they also need to be careful with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. When I counsel patients in the office, I remind...

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How Much Is Cialis® (tadalafil): Unveiling the Surprising Cost of Cialis
How Much Is Cialis® (tadalafil): Unveiling the Surprising Cost of Cialis

Feb 20, 2024

In the realm of men's health, one medication has become synonymous with the treatment of erectile dysfunction: Cialis® (tadalafil). However, many individuals may not realize the surprising cost of this widely recognized pharmaceutical solution. As we delve into the factors that contribute to the pricing of Cialis, it becomes clear that the...

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The Constant Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

Jan 25, 2024

In December 2023, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings to nine drug manufacturers, asking them to stop selling unapproved antibiotics designed for use in animals.Before you click away from this post, please read on because this topic involves you!There is a back-story behind this latest action by the FDA: it is antibiotic...

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Diverticulitis Infection Or Inflammation In Intestines
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: The Benefits of Nexium

Jan 21, 2024

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a chronic condition that affects a significant number of individuals worldwide. The uncomfortable symptoms it brings, such as heartburn and regurgitation, can greatly impact one's quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatment options available, one of which is Nexium. A widely prescribed...

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Navigating Menopause: Understanding the Journey and Finding Relief

Dec 9, 2023

I am a male physician, and as such, I approach topics like menopause with the acknowledgment that I can never truly understand what my female patients experience. I will never go through menopause myself. However, I hope to say that I have practiced long enough to see and treat many women in menopause, and I have lived long enough to witness loved...

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