“I’m pregnant. Should I get the flu shot?” A quick word on mercury and safe injections.

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Student With flu season being just around the corner, we’ve been covering various topics regarding the flu shot, such as what influenza is, how we can prevent it, why we need the flu shot, and the differences between the flu, the common cold and the stomach flu. Continuing this series, today’s article…

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…

Why Should Mothers Breastfeed? The Benefits of Breastfeeding Over Using Formula

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Student Whether you’re a soon-to-be mother or already have a child, there is one topic that’s always withstood controversy – breastfeeding. The world of breastfeeding is perplexing. Mothers often have many questions like: When should you breastfeed? How long should you breastfeed? Should you even breastfeed? If these questions are something…

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…

The Codeine Controversy – How Safe and Effective is Tylenol® #1 Compared to Other Over-The-Counter Products?

Ethos Ho, BSc Pharm Candidate A Painful Dilemma Are you experiencing pain that just won’t go away despite taking medications like Tylenol® or Advil®? Perhaps a headache, migraine, swollen joint, or an aching muscle is keeping you up at night, or preventing you from participating in your daily activities.  You may be thinking about using…

An Apple A Day: Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

Aaron Chy, BSc General, PharmD Candidate How ‘bout them apples? It seems like everywhere you look these days, there’s another health trend on the rise. From coconut oil to detox teas, many natural-based health remedies have become popular for their supposed benefits towards weight loss and chronic disease management. Apple cider vinegar is another popular…