Managing Your Chronic Condition at Work: Know Your Legal Rights

Author: Joe Acierno, M.D., J.D.   The following content is not legal advice. This post is intended to provide general information. Finding a work-life balance can be challenging. When you add a chronic health condition into the mix, it can feel overwhelming. For many people, managing a chronic condition in the workplace is about juggling…

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Understanding Retail Pharmacy vs. Specialty Pharmacy

Author: Martha Peters, Regional Account Executive  As an account executive for Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions (HPS), one of my favorite parts of establishing and building relationships with healthcare professionals and patients is education. I often explain who we are at HPS, what we do and why the specialty and infusion pharmacy services we provide are so…

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Recognizing and Overcoming HIV Stigma of Healthcare Providers

Author: Kent Marburger, Pharmacy Intern; Paige Blatchford, Clinical Pharmacist  There are nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S.  While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports an overall decline in HIV infections and diagnoses, there are still nearly 39,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Certain populations are more at risk for contracting…

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Surviving Winter with a Chronic Condition that Makes You Sensitive to Cold

Author: Amy Adams, Clinical Pharmacist   Certain chronic conditions and medical treatments make people more sensitive to cold weather. As the temperature drops, it’s important to know how to adjust so you can stay warm through the fall and winter months. Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) offers expert tips on how to survive winter with a…

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Simple Ways to Improve Male Fertility

Author: Brian Jones, Clinical Pharmacist  Roughly one-third of infertility cases are caused by male infertility. If you and your partner are struggling to get pregnant, your doctor or a fertility specialist will help you determine the cause. If you’re just starting to plan your family or you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, here…

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Nutritious Foods to Keep You Warm In Cold Weather

Author: Megan Hall, Licensed-Registered Dietitian  The food you eat affects your body. When the temperature drops and cold weather sets in, fuel your body with food that can help raise your body temperature and make you feel warm. Here are some nutritious foods that can help keep you warm in cold weather. Thermogenesis and Body…

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Self-Injection Medication Safety

Author: Michele, Registered Nurse Medicines come in many different forms. Many people are used to taking pills and other oral medication at home and visiting their doctor for injections. However, self-injected medications are commonly used for a number of different conditions, including diabetes, fertility treatments, growth hormone deficiency and others. Self-injections are a safe, effective…

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Understanding How Patients Access Medication from a Specialty Pharmacy

Author: Teresa Kelley, Clinical Operations Supervisor  For many people, the first time they hear about a specialty pharmacy is when they’re prescribed a specialty medication. Specialty pharmacies operate a little differently than traditional, retail pharmacies. This can cause confusion when it’s time for patients to start taking their specialty medication. Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) wants…

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Chemo Brain: What it is and How to Cope

Author: Brian Jones, Clinical Pharmacist  Chemo brain is a term widely used to describe chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment. In other words, chemo brain is a mental fog caused by or connected to your cancer treatment. Even though it’s called “chemo brain,” chemotherapy is only one potential cause of this mental fog. Learn more about this common…

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