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The Perfect Storm

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

The movie The Perfect Storm starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg depicted the sinking of the Andrea Gail boat off the coast of New England. The commercial fishing boat was out on a final mission looking for swordfish when a catastrophic storm hit in 1991. The boat and the six crew members disappeared in 30 to 40-foot waves.  Many family members of the crew were not pleased with the movie’s depiction of the accident, but ultimately lost the lawsuits brought against the studio. 

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Weekend Doctor: Interruptions by technology

By Caitlin Tully
The Center for Family Safety and Healing
Nationwide Children’s Hospital*

Balancing the demands of caregiving with other life responsibilities is challenging for many parents. Many things need our attention, and we can be easily distracted by a phone alert or lose track of time scrolling through social media. Many parents’ lives have become even more digitally connected during the pandemic. This can have an impact on the health of families.   

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Variations

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

While finding a lead-in, I was looking for idioms related to variations.  I was surprised to see that the bunny hop is considered a variation of the conga.  The bunny hop was demonstrated on television by Ray Anthony in 1952, as well as being on the Disney’s Dance Along in 2013.  

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Hair

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Americans spend a significant amount of money each year on hair products and styling.  It has been estimated that over our lifetime, we can spend around $55,000 for hair care.  

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Viral kinship

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Akin means similar in character or related by blood. Are there similarities among the various viruses circulating right now? We know a lot about COVID-19, the common cold, and the flu, but how much do you know about Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)? 

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Check your sources

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

We learn early in school to find credible sources when writing a paper. Many may remember encyclopedias or going to the library to read a book to take notes.  We have become a society of instant gratification with Google or asking Siri or Alexa for an answer.  

Each week, I research the published, peer-reviewed literature to find the most reliable evidence about health and medicine. Recently, I was told there is no need to read published newsletters or newspapers because they can just get their answers from Google.  When you search Google for Google search algorithms and misinformation, amazingly you will find some pretty sound criticism of the accuracy of the results.  Is this our most credible source of information?

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