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Julianna Sheppard
I am (what I have termed) a "tooth and nail" sort of pharmacist; I will do everything within my power to help every one of my patients to the best of my abilities.
I am (what I have termed) a "tooth and nail" sort of pharmacist; I will do everything within my power to help every one of my patients to the best of my abilities.

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Your phone may be your best #workout buddy. Check out #GoRed's list of apps to help spur your workout to new heights! What’s your favorite fitness app?

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I could definitely prioritize this over those "Stop Bullying" courses we hear about (which probably just give the bullies ideas on new things to do and better ways to get away with it, and really should have been covered by parents, but that's another soapbox).

The author speaks as someone who personally educates, and that is probably the best path to take, rather than a course, at least to begin with.
How come our schools don't educate our children about mental illness, something that could save their lives? "Breaking Bipolar" blog author, Natasha Tracy, says mental illness education for youth matters.

#mentalillness #education #bipolarblog #mentalhealthawareness

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Neurotransmitter serotonin shown to link sleep–wake cycles with the body's natural 24-hour cycle

The findings may also help in understanding similar brain rhythms in humans and how they may contribute to disorders. "Similar mechanisms may also work in human brains," says Miyamoto. "Dysfunction of the serotonin system has been implicated in depression and patients frequently complain of insomnia. Thus, our study may provide insights into the relationships between serotonin, sleep, circadian rhythms and depression."


More information: Miyamoto, H., Nakamaru-Ogiso, E., Hamada, K. & Hensch, T.K. Serotonergic integration of circadian clock and ultradian sleep-wake cycles. Journal of Neuroscience 32, 14794–14803 (2012).… 794.abstract

#science   #sciencesunday  

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Go +University of Florida, both for citrus research, so more people can enjoy grapefruit, and for the excellent people who make up the College of Pharmacy (Dr. Derendorf).


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It is so important for healthcare providers to communicate effectively with their patients, particularly on subjective measures like pain. Yes, it can take more time, but to properly care for our patients we need to take that time, develop that trust and listen, so they will tell us what is bothering them and we can move together towards improving their quality of life.

Every patient is somebody's loved one, and deserving of our respect and care.

BMC Geriatrics | Abstract | "I feel so stupid because I can't give a proper answer" How older adults describe chronic pain: a qualitative study

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Another excellent article from +Psychiatric Times.

Migraine and Psychiatric Comorbidity - Psychiatric Times

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
 - Albert Einstein

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It is unfortunate, the limits we place on those recovering from traumas. Grief and mourning have become almost taboo; if you lose a loved one, you are required to "be strong" and told that your loved one is "in a better place" or "not suffering anymore".

People don't seem to have time anymore to take a moment with those who are grieving, to just give them space to mourn: to mourn the hole in their world, to mourn the dramatic change the loss has on every aspect of their day, to allow the happy times to bring light into the grief, and to eventually work through the grief so that they can accept this new normal, while never forgetting the lost loved one.

Grief is normal, mourning should be considered normal as well.
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