January 2016 / 3 posts found

Living Longer, Living Better?

by Ross Bryant
Two or three generations ago communicable diseases, problems in pregnancy, and other early childhood diseases were the leading health concerns in the United States and around the world. Now, after decades of economic development, more and more money for healthcare, and massive medical advances, Americans are living longer and longer. This progress, however, carries a price: The longer people live, the more health problems — and simultaneous health problems — they tend to suffer, and the more medicines they take. According to an analysis published last month in the British medical journal “The Lancet,” 2.3 billion people, almost one-third of humanity, […]

Paying Cash is Cheaper than Insurance?

by Ross Bryant
A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had the story where a man was told that his cough syrup would cost $91 under his insurance plan but but that he could buy the same drug for only $26.10 if he paid cash. Experts say that many factors play into pharmaceutical pricing.  Plus, with the addition of Prescription Discount Savings Plans like the card from CapitolRX, you never have to pay full price again! According to the story, Charles “Chuck” Conn stopped in to see his local pharmacist a couple of weeks ago to fill a prescription for a cough that had persisted for […]

When is the best time to take your medicine?

by Ross Bryant
Did you know that heart attacks occur most frequently in the morning? That epilepsy seizures peak in the afternoon? And that asthma attacks generally get worse and more deadly between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM?  A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal on “Your Body’s Witching Hours” discusses this very thing. Is there a “best” time to take your medicines? Recent studies of your body clock, that thing inside us all that wakes us up every day, usually three minutes before the alarm goes off, is beginning to get more notice by the scientists that study how our bodies […]