Words to the wise about filling and taking prescriptions

Dec 27th, 2017 | By

To help you take medications safely and reliably, the National Institute on Aging, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, suggests some things to do when you fill a prescription, especially a new one: Make sure the label has your name on it and the directions from your doctor. If it

Man’s death confirms worst fears of flu season

Dec 12th, 2017 | By

Pierce County recorded its first flu-related death one month into the new flu season, confirming warnings by health officials of the seriousness of the illness. A man in his 70s who lived in the western portion of the county died Oct. 31 after suffering from the flu. He had chronic health problems that increased his

Don’t get the hiccups from Medicare

Nov 21st, 2017 | By

The Medicare annual election period takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. It’s a time for people with Medicare to make important decisions about their healthcare. Just ask the 17.7 million people who decided on a Medicare Advantage plan in 2016. There are many factors to consider so that you get the Medicare plan

How should UTIs be treated? (Hint: It’s not with cranberry)

Oct 31st, 2017 | By

For ages, people have turned to cranberry as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections. The belief was that products such as cranberry juice would prevent bacteria from infecting the tract between the kidney and urethra, providing relief from the burning and discomfort of these common infections. But the truth is out; cranberry is no