Dangers of Mixing Alcohol with Medications

drugs and alcohol02 resizedThe mixing of alcohol with certain prescription medications, over-the-counter medications(OTC’s), or herbal products may lead to serious interactions and side effects.  

This consumption of alcohol can be intentional or unintentional. Alcohol can be an ingredient in products such as mouthwash, cough/cold/allergy medications, anti-diarrheals, laxatives, liquid pain relievers, dental products, and liquid vitamin preparations; always check the product’s label or ask your pharmacist. Some contain alcohol and others do not.

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Red Cross Steps to Heat Home Safely

red cross resizedFollow these important steps to get ready for cooler weather
The days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler, signs that it’s the time of year when many people turn the heat back on in their homes. It’s also the time of year when the number of home fires goes up, often caused by the use of alternate heating methods. The American Red Cross has steps people should follow as they get their homes ready for cooler weather.

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Holidays, Heartburn and Aging

turkey meal resized webSt. Luke’s Gastroenterologist Noel Martins, MD, Offers Five Tips to Reduce Heartburn
Turkey with a crispy golden skin, cranberry sauce, stuffing, creamy and buttery mashed potatoes, green bean casserole covered with onions, eggnog, coffee, pecan pie topped with whipped cream and just a sliver of chocolate cake with peppermint sauce – sounds the perfect holiday dinner, right? Actually, it’s the recipe for a terrible case of heartburn.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder... More Than the Winter Blues

sad man01Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in individuals during the same season each year. Typically, the symptoms of SAD begin in early fall and continue into the winter, but some individuals experience SAD during the spring and summer months.

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Center Helps Individuals, Families Living with Dementia

couple with doctor resized web“It's very clear that people worry about memory loss,” confirms Dr. Catherine Glew with an empathetic look, eyes gazing into the distance and seemingly recalling the hundreds of patients and families that she has seen. Dr. Catherine Glew, a physician at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), is the Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the 17th Street hospital.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Happy senior couple webSeasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in individuals during the same season each year. Typically, the symptoms of SAD begin in early fall and continue into the winter, but some individuals experience SAD during the spring and summer months.

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