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Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month serves as a crucial platform to shed light on a neurological disorder that affects millions worldwide. As we delve into the intricacies of Parkinson's Disease, it becomes apparent that the impact extends far beyond the individual diagnosed. This month-long observance not only aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by those living with Parkinson’s but also emphasizes the importance of early...

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Autism Awareness Month serves as a pivotal time each year to shine a spotlight on the experiences, challenges, and strengths of individuals on the autism spectrum. This dedicated month-long observance not only fosters understanding and acceptance but also fuels advocacy efforts, promotes support services, and drives impactful initiatives worldwide. By delving into the history, significance, and global reach of Autism Awareness Month, we can...

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The history of pharmacy is a fascinating journey that has been significantly shaped by the contributions of Black pharmacists. Throughout the years, these trailblazers have played an instrumental role in advancing the field of pharmacy, overcoming numerous challenges, and leaving an indelible mark on healthcare and patient care. From their pioneering work in research and innovation to the establishment of Black-owned pharmacies that catered...

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In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that medicine is the enemy. However, this is a common misconception that often stems from misinformation and fear. It's crucial to understand that medicine plays a vital role in maintaining our health and well-being. Rather than being an adversary, medicine should be viewed as a valuable tool in our quest for a healthy life.

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As the new year begins, it is essential to take a moment to assess our medicine cabinets and ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medications we have stored. Checking medicine expiration dates is a vital step in maintaining our health and well-being. Expired medications can not only lose their potency and effectiveness but also pose potential health risks. In this article, we will explore the importance of checking medicine expiration...

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The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and quality time spent with loved ones. However, it is also a period when many stores and pharmacies have limited operating hours or are completely closed. This can become problematic if you or your family members experience common health issues that require over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. It is essential to be prepared and keep certain OTC medicines on hand during the holidays to ensure that...

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The Power of Positivity During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and togetherness. It's also a time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Research has shown that maintaining a positive mindset during the holidays can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. By focusing on the positive aspects of the holiday season, you can experience a boost...

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Closing the Gap: Improving Health Equity

The homeless community in Southwest Atlanta faces enormous health disparities compared to the general population. You may not realize the scale of the problem in your own backyard. Over 3,000 people in Atlanta are homeless on any given night, struggling with lack of healthcare, food insecurity, unsafe living conditions, and health issues that often go unaddressed. The statistics are sobering. Average life expectancy for a homeless person is...

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Best Effort

Last night, my family and I went to cheer for and support the Atlanta Hustle. The Hustle is Atlanta’s professional Ultimate Frisbee team, and they play at Silverbacks park. This was going to be the first home playoff game ever hosted by the Hustle, who were 10-2 this year and also 6-0 for the season at home. Three years ago, I had never heard of Ultimate Frisbee. Now my business is the official pharmacy of the Atlanta Hustle and I am an avid...

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Passport to Victory

Many people are patiently waiting for someone to define victory for them. While we all encounter obstacles in life, if they remain unchecked, they can cause us to take the scenic route to achievement. Some people have a distorted view of, and or a strained relationship with, success. Others are caught in the crosscurrents of the external aesthetics of peace, whilst balancing the internal dynamics of turmoil. The tension between the...

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I have several role models, none more important and instrumental than my mother. She only had a seventh-grade education, yet pushed her children to become doctors, lawyers, and even a navy admiral. Another Louisiana native that I must mention is Mary Munsun Runge of Donaldsonville, LA. Her father, John Harvey Lowrey, was a pharmacist, and the first black pharmacy owner in the state of Louisiana. Obviously, breaking barriers was in her blood,...

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New Year's Resolution

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Say goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023. If you’re like most people, you’ve taken the time to create a New Year’s resolution. There are plenty of things you need to stop and or start doing, but through it all, don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

Strive to be the best you can be without being too hard on yourself, or taking yourself too seriously. Learn to appreciate the beauty of being in the moment. This cannot be done...

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The Perfect Gift

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this holiday season, I hope that you remain safe, healthy, and joyful. Many people will spend large amounts of time away from their loved ones as they search for that perfect gift. Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” On December 25th you may open many gifts, but on December 26th you may also be returning...

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Open Floor Concept

Once upon a time there was a young, insecure woman who longed to have a child of her own. Truth be told, this little lady was still very much a child herself. She accumulated all the accolades of a five star general in the eyes of her family and friends, but it came at a high cost. Most of the time the substitutionary sacrifice for her happiness, was her hurriedness. You see, adrenaline is an amazing hormone. Many people who are victims of...

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Preventive Maintenance Scheduling

It’s not what you think; I want to talk to you about preventive maintenance scheduling. Countless Black women, we won’t even mention Black men, live a poor quality of life and/or die prematurely simply because they skip routine visits to the doctor. While I truly understand the rationale behind self-diagnosis—please excuse my peremptory tone— change orders are imperative and must be our new narrative. When was the last time you made a change...

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Hormone Awareness

Women often believe that conversations about menopause are reserved for senior citizens or at least those in their fifties. There are many health complications that arise as a result of even a slight decline in estrogen levels. Exercise and nutrition play a vital role in the management of menopause. Unfortunately, in many cases, hypothyroid issues can easily be misdiagnosed as perimenopause. Young women and matriarchs alike, must pay close...

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