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One thin wafer: Weight loss medication

By Karen L. Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU Healthwise Team 

In Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, there is a scene where Mr. Creosote explodes after eating too much food and being offered one thin wafer. The movie was released in 1983 after success with their other movies. 

The British comedy troupe formed in 1969 and started a comedy series on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The Monty Python’s Flying Circus was viewed from 1969 to 1974. The group’s comedy style was considered revolutionary. In 1988, the group won a BAFTA for their influence on comedy.

After holiday meals, one might express a feeling of fullness. We are entering the time of year when individuals are considering weight loss and thinking about New Year resolutions. 


Weekend Doctor: Heel pain

By Thomas Vail, DPM
Podiatry, Medical Staff Member of Blanchard Valley Health System

Heel pain is the most common foot condition that brings patients to my office. Heel pain is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, multiple muscles, the bursa, nerves and the periosteum under the heel.


How to schedule RSV vaccination for expecting mothers

Allen County Public Health encourages pregnant females to consider getting an RSV vaccination to protect their newborn's health after delivery. Receiving the vaccination at 32-36 weeks provides a boost of antibodies to the mother that is then passed to their unborn child. This provides passive immunity to the newborn during the vital first months of their lives when they are most vulnerable to severe RSV infections. 


Weekend Doctor: Taking care with fall yardwork

By Misty Watkins, LPN
Primary Care Manager, Blanchard Valley Medical Practices

As the trees are in their final stages of losing their leaves, the temperatures begin to drop, and the winds begin to pick up, many homeowners start feeling the pressure of getting their fall yard cleaning done before winter sets in. 


Weekend Doctor: Treatment for spinal stenosis

By Heather Auxier, APRN-CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Blanchard Valley Pain Management

Spinal stenosis is a debilitating condition characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal or neural foramen that can lead to compression of the spinal cord and nerves. There are various treatment options to help this condition.  

Conservative therapies include physical therapy, activity modification, and exercise. These treatment options help to improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and enhance posture to alleviate pain symptoms.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Tylenol or ibuprofen can offer temporary relief by reducing pain and inflammation. Long-term medications should be carefully monitored due to potential side effects.


Healthwise: Bilberry for eyes?

By Karen L. Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the Healthwise Team at Ohio Northern University

The idiom on target is best described as being on schedule or making good progress to achieve your goals or the results you wanted. During World War II, it was reported the British Royal Air Force pilots ate bilberry jam before engaging the enemy in dogfights at night. It has been folklore that bilberry improved their night vision and contributed to the success of their air to air combat with the Germans. 

Does science support the use of bilberry for improving vision?