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A Celebration Success with the Future in Mind

Category: Pharmacy Success Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

For the hundreds of Rx30 pharmacy operation software owners present at the Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL, January 28-29, 2017, it will be something to be remembered forever! The inaugural RX30 conference was absolutely exciting from the Friday morning CE and into the Friday night Welcome Reception and Exhibitor Grand Opening. It continued to the Saturday night extravaganza. Read more ...

Personalized Therapeutics through Pharmacogenomics

Category: Patient Engagement Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Introduction Most healthcare professionals are aware of the emerging field of pharmacogenomics. Many are not aware however that it is nearing its 15th year of pursuit to combine the science of how drugs work (pharmacology) with the science of the human genome (genomics). Although the field of pharmacogenomics is still in its infancy with only limited use in select disease areas such as cancer, cardiovascular challenges, HIV, Alzheimer’s and asthma, the coordination between United States research centers is accelerating the pace and implementation in several new disease states. This approach to personalized medicine is a significant departure from previous drug development where the idea has existed that each drug works pretty much the same in every individual and where by exception over time is has been learned that many different aspects must be considered when a medication is provided to the end user. Read more ...

Considerations at The Intersection of Cognitive Ageing and Psychobiology

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Cognitive decline is a normal consequence of the age-related changes in the physiology of the brain and the larger senescence every human being experiences. Cognitive decline is often presumed, by the unknowing, to be a precursor to dementia. It is not. Dementia is not a part of normal aging. It represents a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the ability to think so severely that it impairs one's ability to perform normal activities like eating or getting dressed. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, but memory loss by itself does not mean that someone has dementia. Age-related memory loss as part of cognitive decline manifests itself as the rare occasion, for example, of making a bad decision, missing a monthly payment, forgetting which day it is and remembering later, sometimes forgetting which word to use or losing things from time to time. Read more ...

Nutritional Influence on Cognitive Decline

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

The First Stage of Cognitive Decline Cognitive decline is associated with various neurodegenerative diseases which are caused by changes in the brain possessing neurotransmission decay. These neurodegenerative diseases can include mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s disease, other Dementias and in certain cases Parkinson’s Disease. Read more ...

Why We Get Hungry and Cannot Lose Weight

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Perhaps surprising is that an individual’s weight actually triggers why we get hungry. Hunger “pangs” causes the forced interplay of two hormones: leptin and ghrelin and the subsequent influence of another hormone (insulin) produced by the pancreas. How then does this happen? Read more ...

The Health Power of Raw Honey

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Many individuals are unaware that raw honey is a powerhouse of health benefits. Everyone realizes it is a sweetener but how about honey’s enzyme-rich, vitamin and mineral containing, anti-microbial, antioxidant and antibiotic capabilities? Surprised? Read more ...

The Conundrum of Food Addiction and Weight Loss

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Would you agree food addiction and weight loss can be a complex and difficult problem to manage? Where can food addiction and weight loss meet to ensure desired success? Read more ...

Are Wellness Teas Non-Pharmacologic Alternatives?

Category: Patient Engagement Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Recent market assessments indicate the current $7 Billion tea market will grow to $ 8 Billion by 2020—three years from now. Are teas and special herbal tea formulas actually effective in doing more than just supporting overall health? Can certain teas actually effect healing? The answer is YES! Read more ...

Automated Retrieval System Prevents Patient Medication Delivery Errors

Category: Pharmacy Success Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Seamless Integration into Existing Workflow Software “The RxMedic Automated Retrieval System (ARS) (www.RxMedic.com) and our RX30 pharmacy management operating system (www.RX30.com) work together seamlessly. The prescription filling and point of sale delivery for our customers, due to the integration of the ARS within our RX30 workflow, creates a comfort for our pharmacists and technicians. We avoid patient delivery errors.” These comments from Eric Russo, one of the two pharmacists in charge at Hobbs Pharmacy in Merritt Island, Florida (Mark Hobbs is the other PIC), were captured during the last stop of the 2016 Healthcare Advocate Tour (www.AskDrS.org). Recall the phrase “Save the best for last”?  Read more ...

Senescence and Nutrition

Category: Healthcare Advances Written by Dr. Charles Shively / December 14, 2019

Dehabilitation or Regeneration? If one visits various dictionaries, the definition of senescence typically includes reference to the process of aging and the degenerative loss of various body functions or processes. In brief,”one who begins to age”. Age-related loss of function is a trait of virtually all organisms that age. In humans, age-related degeneration gives rise to a host of well-recognized challenges: atherosclerosis and heart failure, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, pulmonary insufficiency, renal failure, neurodegeneration (for example Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases) and various others. These changes begin to show them typically mid-life beginning in the 50-60 years of age range. From a pathological standpoint it is typically about debilitating losses of tissue or cellular function.  Read more ...