2015 Flu Shots Now Available at All Owens Locations
It’s autumn, which means that it’s time to get vaccinated against this year’s influenza virus. Each year, influenza (commonly known as “the Flu”) affects 5% – 20% of Americans. The Flu is spread via tiny airborne droplets that are generated by coughs or sneezes. People who touch surfaces or objects that have the Flu virus on them and then touch their mouth, eyes or nose can also be infected.
Statins are primarily used for prevention of cardiovascular disease among otherwise healthy adults. While patients typically think of statins and the heart, various studies have shown they affect the body’s response to other diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer.
According to a recent article published in Medical News Today, a new study published in the journal Diabetologia suggests that statins may more significantly increase a patient’s risk of type 2 diabetes than was previously thought. While studies have been circulating since 2013 about this, the current study’s authors explain that previous studies were limited and did not result in findings applicable to the general population.
New Hope For Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease With Medication
Alzheimer’s disease has long presented serious problems for older Californians and their loved ones. Over half a million Californians, 55 and over, are living with the disease – accounting for one-tenth of all Americans with Alzheimer’s. According to the California Alzheimer’s Disease Program, this number is expected to nearly double by 2030, growing to over 1.1 million. Among Latinos and Asians living with the disease, the number is expected to triple within that timeframe.