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•  Editor's Notebook
•  Counseling Pearls
•  It's the Law
•  Clinical Corner
•  Annual Index 2009
•  Consult Your Pharmacist
•  Educational Spotlight
•  Quick Poll
  Photo Overview of Hepatitis B and C Management
Although much effort has been dedicated to the eradication of these diseases through education and vaccination, viral hepatitis is still a worldwide problem.
  Photo Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Reduce Diversion
Pharmacists need to be aware of the potential for drug diversion, recognize the warning signs of possible misuse, and acknowledge a legal obligation to minimize drug abuse.


Editor's Notebook
Making a Difference

Some heartwarming stories have emerged from our newly launched social networking site, PharmQD, and they are especially timely during this holiday season.
Counseling Pearls
Photo Probiotics and Microflora

There is a new focus on the role of beneficial bacteria in aiding digestion, boosting natural defenses, and fighting off bacteria that could cause health problems. Foods containing these organisms have become quite popular in recent years.
Photoweb exclusive IBS Treatment Guidelines

Irritable bowel syndrome places a significant burden on society, taking a toll physically, psychologically, socially, and economically. It also presents an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to participate in the care of patients with the condition.


It's the Law
Gender Discrimination and Its Consequences

There is no reason to differentiate compensation or enforcement of policies based on gender alone, as a female pharmacist and a large pharmacy chain have learned.
Clinical Corner
Photo Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery currently offers the best method of producing sustained weight reduction in morbidly obese individuals. It should be considered only after all conventional therapies for weight loss have been attempted.
Photo Gastrointestinal Bleeding: An Alarming Sign

Early intervention to control bleeding is important in order to minimize mortality, especially in elderly patients. Upper endoscopy and colonoscopy are the best methods for identifying the cause.
Annual Index 2009
Annual Index 2009

A listing of articles published in 2009.
Consult Your Pharmacist
Strategies for the Relief of Bloating and Gas

Various sources for this problem have been identified, including air swallowing, diet, lactose intolerance, and IBS.
Educational Spotlight
Emergency Contraception: An Update of Clinical and Regulatory Changes

Current information about levonorgestrel-based emergency birth control and strategies for educating consumers are discussed.
Ovarian Cancer: One of the Common Gynecologic Malignancies

Pharmacists can play an integral role in the treatment of this disease by understanding chemotherapy treatments and providing appropriate supportive-care options.

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Pandemic Infections Reach 50 Million
Atlanta, GA — Some 50 million people, or one in six U.S. residents, have been infected since the start of the H1N1 flu pandemic 7 months ago, the CDC has said. Of these, more than 200,000 patients have needed inpatient care and almost 10,000 have died. The estimates, which span April through mid-November, are higher than figures released by the CDC last month. The H1N1 pandemic continues to affect younger people disproportionately. The agency said that 1,100 children and 7,500 “younger adults” have died, many of them under age 50. The H1N1 pandemic strain is still the main cause of influenza, the CDC said, although experts are now seeing cases caused by influenza B.
Coffee Could Protect Against Diabetes, Prostate Cancer
Chicago, IL, and Cambridge, MA — Drinking lots of coffee might keep diabetes and prostate cancer away, the results of new studies show. A meta-analysis of 18 studies showed that drinking three to four cups per day was associated with a 25% lower risk of diabetes than drinking two cups or less per day, according to Rachel Huxley, PhD, and colleagues, of the George Institute for International Health in Sydney, Australia. The results, which included similar findings for decaf coffee and tea, were reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. In separate coffee news, reports from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), found that drinking large amounts of coffee can reduce a man’s risk of death from prostate cancer. The researchers found a strong relationship between consumption of six or more cups of coffee a day and a reduced risk (41%) of aggressive prostate cancer. A weaker relationship was found between heavy coffee use and all forms of prostate cancer (about a 19% reduction). “The more coffee you drank, the more effect we saw,” said Kathryn Wilson, a research fellow in epidemiology at HSPH.
Senate Affirms Screening Mammography for 40-Year-Olds
Washington, D.C. — The Senate voted 61 to 39 to approve an amendment to the proposed health care reform bill that would require health insurers to cover mammograms for women ages 40 to 49. The vote was contrary to a recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that women under 50 should not undergo routine mammograms. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), would increase coverage and eliminate copays for more women’s preventive services than the underlying bill contained.
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