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Finding inspiration during COVID

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A woman, I'll call Debra, attended one of the classes that I teach. She asked, "how can I stay socially connected and motivated during this isolation period?  My health is vulnerable and I need to be very careful."

How many of you wonder the same?  It's very hard to stay motivated and engaged in a world you're not allowed to connect with, especially if your health is compromised. 

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Why Does Winter Worsen Arthritis Symptoms?

Rheumatoid arthritis pain can feel worse during the winter months

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

If you feel your arthritis symptoms getting worse when winter comes, you are not alone. But what causes this issue?

Colder weather may worsen arthritis pain for a variety of reasons. We discuss those reasons and what you can do about them below.

Why does cold weather cause more pain or stiffness?

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Lead Poisoning: What You Need to Know

Lead exposure can put your health at risk, but there are ways to avoid it

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

Around 3.6 million families in the United States are at risk of exposure to lead, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here's what you need to know.

Exposure to lead can cause serious health problems — especially in children. Read on for more information about lead exposure and how to prevent lead poisoning.

What Is Lead Poisoning?

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Vaccine hesitancy?

It is important to know the facts and not rely on misconceptions and miscommunication often found in social media

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

FROM ADA ICON - Many news reports are focusing on vaccines and the ONU HealthWise Pharmacy is receiving questions related to vaccine development. Here's a detailed vaccine explanation from Karen Kier, pharmacist and member of the ONU faculty.

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Understanding Cold-Induced Asthma

Winter weather can trigger asthma symptoms

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

When the weather gets cold, a lot of people who have asthma notice that their symptoms get worse. Why does this happen, and how can you avoid it?

Here's what you need to know about cold-induced asthma.

What Is Cold-Induced Asthma?

Cold-induced asthma occurs as winter approaches and temperatures drop. People who have asthma may notice that they have more trouble breathing when outside, and exercising outdoors can become far more difficult.

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You Have the Flu — Now What?

Flu treatment options explained

This story provided by Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy.

Flu season is here, and that means you or a loved one might have been diagnosed with the flu.

Can the Flu Be Treated?

Yes—the flu can be treated with antiviral medications.

Antivirals are medications that fight the flu in your body. These medications are not sold over the counter. They require a prescription from your doctor.

Antivirals are different from antibiotics because antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections — not viral infections.

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