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Flying to US: Negative COVID-19 Test Required

US health officials require negative COVID-19 test for air travelers entering US

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

Traveling to the United States just got a little trickier.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that all air passengers who hope to enter the US will have to get a negative COVID-19 test first. This new rule starts on Jan. 26.

This requirement comes as the nation is in another surge of cases and potentially more contagious variants of the virus are emerging around the world, the CDC noted.


Losing weight: How much and how fast?

Everything you need to know about losing weight and keeping it off

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

When trying to lose weight, how much should you lose and how fast should you do it?

It's natural to want to lose weight fast, but evidence shows that losing weight slowly (about one to two pounds per week) is the trick to keeping the weight off. How much weight you should lose in total is going to depend on your unique situation. That's why it's important to speak with your health care provider before starting a weight-loss plan.


Working in the cold: What you need to know

Practice these tips to stay safe while working outside in cold weather

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

It's wintertime again — when temperatures take a dive. But don't let your health take a dive, too.

Frigid temperatures can be dangerous without the proper precautions. The colder it gets outside, the more energy your body needs to remain warm. And if your occupation requires you to work outdoors, you may face a greater risk for certain cold-related problems, such as hypothermia (low body temperature) and frostbite (freezing of the skin).


Dry skin in winter? Here's what to do

Winter weather can cause dry skin, but you can take steps to prevent it

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

As you start to be able to see your breath in the outside air, you may also start to see some dryness and cracking on your skin. Here's what you can do about wintertime skin dryness.

Skin dryness is a common ailment in the colder months, causing uncomfortable redness and itching. But what causes this issue and how can you prevent it?

Read on for more information about "the winter itch."

What causes dry skin in the winter?


Covid-19 vaccine - as things roll out

Research continues to maximize the doses available in the U.S.

By Karen L. Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

It has been over a month since the COVID-19 vaccines have received FDA emergency use authorization (EUA). 

What have we learned about the vaccines as the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States are increasing? 

Many health care workers and long-term care residents have been receiving the vaccine with some completing the 2-part vaccine series. A government working group designed the plan to distribute the vaccine. 


New Year's resolutions you can keep

Four ways to make your New Year's resolutions stick

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

It's that time of year again — time to make resolutions with all those good intentions behind them. But how can you make sure they stick this year?

New Year's resolutions can be tricky. Around 80 percent of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions, clinical psychologist Joseph Luciani told the New York Post.

And most people don't keep their resolutions for very long, either. Research has shown that Jan. 12 is the day New Year's resolutions tend to falter.