Using Turmeric to Help Arthritis

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Student Osteoarthritis1 Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders worldwide. It can affect any joint of the body, but most commonly targets the spine, hands, hips, or knees. OA can be divided into two categories: Primary OA is when one experiences OA without any specific cause, which is commonly…

Fenugreek for Lactation?

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Student In a previous article, we discussed about breastfeeding; including when to start breastfeeding and the benefits associated with it. If you missed this article or need a refresher on this topic, take a look at this link for more information on breastfeeding. Today, we’ll take a look at another topic…

Why is Menthol So Cool?

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate What is Menthol? Menthol is one of the most well-known additives used in consumer products. It’s added to confections such as chocolate, oral-care products and medicinal products for its cooling and biological effects. The aromatic plant from which menthol is derived has been shown to exhibit various properties, including antibacterial, antifungal, antipruritic…

Anti-Aging: Antioxidants – What is the Evidence?

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Candidate Antioxidants Welcome back! In part one of the series on anti-aging, we briefly discussed what antioxidants are and a simple step to prevent skin aging – sunscreen. As promised, we’ll discuss the following antioxidants, what their roles are, and the evidence behind their use, safety and efficacy. Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Commonly…

The Use of Probiotics in Transplant Patients

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate How Safe are Probiotics Really? In last week’s article, we discussed that while the use of probiotics is generally safe for most patients, caution is advised in individuals who are immunocompromised or have a severely damaged gastrointestinal tract. Today, we’re going to delve deeper on the safety of probiotics in immunocompromised…

Probiotics for Treating Diarrhea

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate What are Probiotics? The word “probiotic” means “for life” as opposed to “antibiotic” which means “against life.” In medicine, probiotics refer to products containing live microorganisms that help improve the balance of intestinal microorganisms.1 In contrast to antibiotics, probiotics promote the growth of essential gut bacteria, instead of eradicating microorganisms. If…