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A seemingly safe drug

We generally think of medications available without a prescription or over-the-counter medications as relatively safe. For the most part this is true. However, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. This may lead to potential harm. One of those seemingly safe drugs is acetaminophen. What makes this drug not so safe to use? Acetaminophen can be found in many prescription and over-the-counter medications. For instance it is the main ingredient in Tylenol an other over-the-counter cold or sleep remedies. Moreover it can be found in combination with other drugs. This may lead to over dosing or worse yet liver failure if one is not careful. The best that one can do is read medication labels to carefully to note ingredients and avoid duplication of ingestion.

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Happy New Year 2013 – Health Resolutions

It’s a brand new year and a time when resolutions are made. And if you are any thing like me, you probably have made many many resolutions. For instance, as I started writing this post I intended to discuss my New Year resolutions to maintain my blog up to date and so on. Then I started wondering about all those forgotten resolutions of past New Years. I finally came to the conclusion that this year I will not make resolutions but will focus on specific areas such as my blog. This led me to the topic of this post which is about areas to focus on in regards to your health instead of making resolutions.

So here is a list of areas to focus on to improve or maintain one’s health status:

1). Annual physical examination

2.) Regular dental examinations

3.) Eye examination

4.) Maintain immunizations up to date

5.) Regularly reconcile medication list

Bear in mind, this list is not all inclusive, but it is a great start to a healthier year. Now, I will work on my focus areas to maintain the Hispanic Latino Health blog.

Happy New Year!

Keeping Track of Your Health

A personal health record is a collection of your health information.  The term personal health record may also be abbreviated as PHR. A personal health record can contain details about past medical illnesses and surgeries. It may also include a list of current medications and conditions, allergies, and vaccinations. In essence, you may add any pertinent health related information to your personal health record (myPHR, 2009; MedlinePlus, 2010).

There are many important reasons for keeping track of your health. This may potentially save you money and time. It may save you money by not having to repeat routine laboratory tests. Moreover, you are not wasting your valuable time to repeat an unnecessary exam. Most importantly, you will have a more flexible access to your health history (myPHR, 2009). In addition, your personal record may provide a new health provider with an overview of your medical background.

There are a few ways to keep track of your health information. A very simple method is to write down on a sheet of paper a list of you medical conditions, surgeries, allergies, and current medications. If you have an allergy make sure to note what is the allergic reaction. Additionally, you can also keep any other information related to your health in a personal file. Some people keep a list of medications in their wallet. Another way to keep track of your health is to create a Google Health record on the internet. Check out the video below about Google Health.

References

Google. (2009). Google health: Product overview [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNe6-p4G7Ik

myPHR. (2009). What is a PHR? Retrieved from http://www.myphr.com/index.php/start_a_phr/what_is_a_phr/

MedlinePlus. (2010). Personal medical records. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/personalmedicalrecords.html

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