Rheumatoid Arthritis – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Author: Leslie Chudomelka, Pharmacy Intern What is RA? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an alteration of the immune system resulting from an unknown cause that leads to the body mistakenly attacking itself. When immune cells attack these tissues of the body, it causes inflammation and swelling to occur that can be very painful. Chronic inflammation, can…

Read More

Enjoying the Benefits of Dairy Products, Even if You’re Lactose Intolerant

Author: Megan Hall, Registered Dietitian Sometimes dairy products get a bad reputation. The dairy food group includes a variety of different products, each with important nutrition benefits. From ice cream cones and yogurt parfaits to fancy cheeses and a refreshing glass of milk, dairy products can be a delicious part of a balanced diet. Learn…

Read More

Finding Balance: 3 Psoriasis Management Tips that Can Also Cause Irritation

Author: Michaela Wachal, Clinical Pharmacist When it comes to managing psoriasis, it’s important to find a balance of what works for your body. Each diagnosis is unique. People with psoriasis should work with dermatologists, primary care physicians, pharmacists and their entire healthcare team to manage psoriasis. If you’ve been diagnosed with this chronic condition, find…

Read More

Over-the-Counter Remedies for People with Chronic Pain

Author: Brian Jones, Clinical Pharmacist If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with chronic pain, you know how challenging it can be to find relief. With Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) you’re not alone in managing your pain and your medication therapy. HPS wants to help you live easier, healthier and happier with…

Read More

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Author: Paige Blatchford, Clinical Pharmacist The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. With spring in full swing, it’s peak season for people with allergies and asthma, and the ideal time to spread awareness and educate patients and loved ones. Allergy Overview Allergies affect…

Read More

The Effects of Gestational Diabetes for You and Your Baby

Author: Abby Cate, Clinical Pharmacist If you have high blood sugar levels during your pregnancy, your doctor may diagnose you with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed in women who did not have diabetes before getting pregnant but have high glucose levels during their pregnancy. Why Some Women Get Gestational Diabetes Throughout your pregnancy, you…

Read More

6 Gardening Tips for People with a Chronic Condition

Author: Amy Adams, Clinical Pharmacist Bright, colorful flowers can really light up a room and boost your mood, and nothing tastes quite like homegrown vegetables. Gardening is an excellent hobby with lifelong health and wellness benefits, especially for people living with chronic health conditions. Keep reading to find out more about the benefits and learn…

Read More

Breastfeeding Nutrition from a Registered Dietitian

Author: Megan Hall, Registered Dietitian If you’ve made the decision to breastfeed, you probably already know that breastmilk is beneficial for your baby’s development, providing key nutrients to help them grow healthy and strong. In order to produce nutritious breast milk for your baby, you need to eat healthy, nutritious meals. This includes eating a…

Read More

The Dangers of Uncontrolled Anger when Managing Chronic Pain

Author: Brian Jones, HPS Clinical Pharmacist Everyone experiences negative emotions such as fear, sadness, guilt and anger. People with chronic pain are often too familiar with these negative emotions. When negative emotions get out of control, it can start to affect your health. If you have a chronic condition, it’s important to recognize your negative…

Read More