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Weekly Summary -- December 28, 2018

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Here are what Pharmacist's Briefing editors consider the most important developments for the week of December 28, 2018

If You're Diabetic, Foot Care a Must

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes, a foot surgeon says.

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Do Your Gut Bacteria Affect Your Diabetes Meds?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The bacteria living in your digestive system might determine how your body processes diabetes medications, a new review suggests.

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The Secret Behind Chicken Soup's Medical Magic

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many people rely on chicken noodle soup to soothe a cold, but few know exactly why the warm broth brings relief.

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Certain Birthmarks Warrant Quick Treatment, Pediatricians Say

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For common birthmarks, doctors should abandon the traditional wait-and-see approach, a leading group of pediatricians says.

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Follow the Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss, Too

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- When the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines were released, they included details for following the Mediterranean-style diet. That's the way of eating in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea and has been associated with many health benefits, from a sharper mind to a healthier heart.

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Flexibility: A Must at Every Age

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Flexibility is a component of all types of movement -- from everyday activities to the most rigorous exercises. Being flexible helps you stay mobile and avoid injury.

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A Holiday Guide to Portion Sizes

TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- It's not just a sign of the holiday season.

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How to Handle Holiday Stressors

TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- While others are decking the halls, many people find the holidays trigger anxiety and depression.

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Vit C for Pregnant Smokers May Improve Newborn Lung Function

MONDAY, Dec. 24, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For pregnant smokers, vitamin C supplementation may improve newborn lung function, according to a study published online Dec. 7 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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HPV Ups Cervical Cancer Risk, Even With No Cellular Signs

MONDAY, Dec. 24, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The presence of certain high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types predicts future risk for high-grade cervical cancer even among women with no cellular indications of cancer at baseline, according to a study published online Dec. 10 in Cancer.

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Costs, Expected Weight Loss Impact Bariatric Surgery Choice

MONDAY, Dec. 24, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients considering bariatric surgery, costs, expected weight loss, and resolution of medical conditions are the most important characteristics driving surgery decisions, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in JAMA Surgery.

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FDA Approves Drugs for Treatment of Two Rare Blood Diseases

MONDAY, Dec. 24, 2018 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Two drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of rare blood diseases, the agency announced Friday.

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