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  1. June 09, 2024

    A spoonful of AF-353 helps the medicine go down

    If you’re reading this, you probably know that your compounding pharmacist can sometimes work miracles with meds for kids, adding flavors or even turning a liquid into a lollipop.

    But some medication is so bitter — and some people are so sensitive to tastes — that a spoonful of sugar ain’t gonna help it go down. Adults can (usually) buck up and swallow, but try convincing a five-year-old how important it is to take his Augmentin.

    To the rescue are the researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philly. Despite living in Eagles territory, they actually have something useful to contribute to society: They’ve identified “the first temporary, universal taste blocker.”

    “Remarkably, and unlike our experience with blockers of bitter taste receptors,

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  2. May 24, 2024

    Understanding Endometriosis: A Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners

    Endometriosis is a complex gynecological condition that affects millions of women worldwide. As healthcare practitioners, having a thorough understanding of endometriosis is crucial for accurate diagnosis, effective management, and improved patient outcomes. In this blog, we will explore the key aspects of endometriosis, including its presentation, diagnosis, treatment options, and the impact it has on women's lives.

    Endometriosis is a chronic condition where the tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. This tissue can be found on the ovaries,

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  3. May 24, 2024

    Magic potion potential? Let's talk about methylene blue

    By Tenille Davis, PharmD, RPh, BCSCP, FACP

    What if you were told there was a single drug that had been around for 100 years that acts as a potent antioxidant, improves mitochondrial and cognitive function and mood, and has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects? You’d hardly believe it because it sounds too good to be true. However, the synthetic dye methylene blue is used for all of these purposes — and more.

    Methylene blue is a blue dye and bioactive substance. The first synthetic drug developed in modern history and originally used in the treatment of malaria, it was first approved by the FDA to treat methemoglobinemia, a rare blood disorder that affects how red blood cells deliver oxygen throughout the body. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medications. Now, it is better known as a fish tank antiseptic and a dye for blue jeans.

    It has been used for many different illnesses and conditions over the

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  4. May 22, 2024

    Reversal of fortune, hormone therapy edition

    Back around 20 years ago, women got a scare when they were told that hormone therapy could increase their risk of cancer. But it turns out the people who released that info were bureaucrats, not the scientists doing the study. They were half wrong — and it’s a major half.

    It seems that — after a 20-year study of 160,000 women — there’s a very big difference depending on the type of hormone therapy.

    Estrogen plus progestin therapy does seem to lead to an increased cancer risk, but estrogen-only therapy not only doesn’t have that cancer risk, but can reduce it as well as coronary heart disease.

    In addition to its beneficial effects on menopause symptoms (which are widely acknowledged), the new study found that, after an average of

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