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Where’s the beef?: Red meat and health

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

In 1984, Wendy’s food chain released a commercial with Clara Peller asking “where’s the beef?” The commercial aired in the United States and Canada to highlight Wendy’s use of more beef and less bun compared to their competitors.

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Weekend Doctor: Acute vs. chronic pain

By Loreen Morris, APRN-CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Blanchard Valley Pain Management

Pain is a universal human experience, serving as a vital signaling mechanism alerting the body to potential injury or harm. However, not all pain is alike, and understanding the distinction between acute and chronic pain is paramount for effective management and treatment. 

Acute Pain
Acute pain is characteristically short-lived, arising suddenly in response to tissue damage or injury. Acute pain serves as a protective mechanism, signaling the body to take action to prevent further harm. Common causes of acute pain include trauma, surgical procedures, burns, cuts, and fractures. The pain is often localized to the area of injury and is characterized by its intensity and sharpness. Acute pain tends to resolve as the underlying cause heals, with a duration typically lasting less than three to six months. 

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Fly Me to the Moon: Selenium and Health

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

Kaye Ballard sang the 1954 song In Other Words, which was the original version for Frank Sinatra’s 1964 Fly Me to the Moon. Bart Howard–who wrote the song–estimated by the time Sinatra released his, at least 100 versions had been recorded. 

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Weekend Doctor: Stress relief

By Katie Fultz, PA-C and James Davidson, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Medical testing and procedures can sometimes present a challenge both physically and mentally for a patient and their caregivers. Understanding those types of stressors and having tools to help manage them can help patients have a more positive experience. Eustress is positive stress that represents positive challenges and positive changes. Distress is negative stress that can come from negative or difficult challenges. 

Medical testing and procedures can bring both stressors as well as other feelings such as anxiety, depression, fear, worry, accomplishment and relief. When these challenges are present in patients’ and caregivers’ lives for a certain period of time, they can manifest into physical symptoms such as headaches, disturbed sleep, gastrointestinal upset, increased blood pressure, chest pain and increased postoperative pain, to name a few. 

Without stress management tools and coping mechanisms, patients can turn to unhealthy ways to manage that stress such as inappropriate use of prescribed drugs, use of illegal drugs, increased use of alcohol and smoking.

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Anger management and health

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

Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler starred in the 2003 movie titled Anger Management. The movie was a comedy about an interaction between a normally mild-mannered gentleman and his anger management therapist. Television and the movies will often portray someone having a heart attack with an angry outburst.

How much do we know about the impact of anger on our health?

The Journal of Psychosomatic Research evaluated the impact of trait anger on sleep quality. The study found those with trait anger did not feel rested and experienced excessive daytime sleepiness. 

What is trait anger and how does it differ from anger in general?

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Weekend Doctor: Children and Anxiety

What parents need to know and when to seek treatment

By Navneet Patti, MD
Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio at Caughman Health Center

Anxiety is a normal emotion essential for survival and functions as our brain’s inherent response to perceived danger. It facilitates the avoidance of danger in many scenarios, meaning it is adaptive and not necessarily pathological. 

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