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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

By: Amanda Mhoon, Pharm.D. The hot topic in the news related to healthcare right now is the Zika Virus.  You can’t turn on the news without hearing something about it.  The World Health Organization has deemed it a “global health threat” and the CDC has issued travel notices for people travelling to affected countries.  Those […]

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Spring Break Health Safety Tips

By: Brady Lewis It’s hard to believe that Spring Break is around the corner! It is one of the most popular times of year to travel, and with any big vacation comes a great deal of preparation. Whether you are hitting the surf or the slopes, it is always a good idea to be prepared […]

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What is Shingles?

By: Rickie Porter, PD Did you know that anyone who has had chickenpox may get shingles later in life?  Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you recover from chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in your nerve roots.  In some people, it stays dormant forever. […]

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How do I Count Carbs?

By: Rebecca Kyle, Pharm.D. This year you are really going to do it.  This is the year that you are going to shed that weight.  Your friend told you that she did it by going on a low carb diet. Or maybe you went in for your yearly checkup and the doctor told you that […]

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Tips for Treating the Common Cold

By: Denise Roark, Pharm.D. What can I do about this cold? This is the text I received recently from a friend of mine.  It is something I get asked quite frequently, especially this time of year.  While the common cold is usually harmless, it can make you feel awful, and could last up to two […]

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Melatonin: Sleep Hormone & More

By: Trenton Dunn, Pharm.D. What is Melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone created by the body in the pineal gland using the amino acid tryptophan (found in chocolate, oats, milk, poultry, etc).  This hormone is made and secreted at the onset of darkness in conjunction with normal circadian rhythms, normally peaking from 11p.m. to 3p.m.  There […]

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How do I take my Thyroid Medicine?

By: Julie Cole, Pharm.D. The key to getting the best absorption of your thyroid medication is consistency; otherwise, there will be erratic absorption, and it will be harder to regulate your thyroid levels. When should I take my thyroid medicine? The ideal time to take your thyroid medication is in the morning on an empty […]

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Head Lice: Recognize, Identify and Treat

By: Gary Fancher, P.D. Two things increase in January each year – credit card debt and a surge in head lice cases. We at Collier Drug aren’t able to fix the first, but we can help you with treating head lice. Head lice are the result of contact with someone with head lice so do […]

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Medicare Part D Basics

By: Kathryn Stark, Pharm.D. With the New Year just beginning, it’s a good time to review the 4 main stages of a model Medicare Part D program. Picking and choosing a plan can be a complete whirlwind in itself and the confusion doesn’t end there. Drug coverage can change throughout the year depending on how […]

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How Hormones are Key to the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions by ZRT Lab

With the New Year just under way, many people are working hard on keeping their New Year’s Resolutions. Whether the goal is to lose weight, or relax more, we all start off with the best of intentions. Somewhere along the way though, we get sidetracked. We run into an obstacle, or we get busy, and […]