Cognition & Memory: How Hormones Influence Our Minds
Thanks to advances in modern medicine, we are living longer than our predecessors. We’re also finding that living longer does not necessarily bring happiness because “quality of life” depends on being healthy—both in mind and body.
For many people, their greatest fear is losing their mind or memory as they age. The good news is that current research indicates that we can effectively improve brain health, even in our later years.
The Brain is Our Most Valuable Asset
The brain is the largest organ and, many people would argue, also the most important one. In Your Miracle Brain, Jean Carper states that “Unquestionably, the brain is our most precious physical possession, the seat of our entire being—our intelligence, personality, our humanity, our mind, our soul. Nothing is more central to a successful and fulfilling life than an optimally functioning brain.” And yet, even with today’s emphasis on health and fitness, the public has seen very little on how to improve or maintain brain health. It seems that the brain has been overlooked.
Changes to Your Prescription Label
“Medication misuse has resulted in more than 1 million adverse drug events per year in the United States” according to the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a nonprofit, standards-setting organization focused on ensuring the quality, safety and benefit of medicines and food.
Women’s International Pharmacy is choosing to update our prescription container label to address this concern. You may have noticed the new simplified label on your most recent prescription. The updated label provides the following advantages:
- Prominent Display of Critical Information: items like patient name, drug name and instructions will be positioned near the top of the label. Less important non-critical information is positioned further down in the label in a less obtrusive manner.
- Improved Readability: Larger font sizing in an easily read type (Arial) in combination with adequate white spacing allow the patient to quickly pick out the needed instructions.
- Explicit Instructions: Adequate spacing, choice of wording and consistency of instructions are normalized for easy understanding and comparison between prescriptions. If more room for instructions is needed the expanded instructions will be printed on your prescription information sheet (included with all prescriptions).
As a patient’s pharmacy of choice it is WIP’s responsibility to make sure we provide the most essential information for patients to be safe and compliant with their medications. As a practitioner’s chosen partner we nurture a trusting relationship to meet professional obligations.
Our Best to Your Health in 2013!
Progesterone for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
Recent clinical studies support the use of progesterone in the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). One trial found that the mortality rate of subjects with moderate to severe adult TBI, who were given progesterone intravenously for 3 days after the injury, was less than half of that among control subjects. And, these subjects were still doing better 30 days later. A second study found similar results, and neither study found any serious adverse effects.
Studies involving animals also support the use of progesterone in the treatment of acute stroke. This research indicates that progesterone protects the brain against damage caused by lack of blood flow, and it may also reduce the size of the blood clot involved.
- “Is Progesterone Worth Consideration as a Treatment for Brain Injury?” by D.G. Stein and I. Sayeed; American Journal of Roentgenology; 2010 Jan; 194:20-22.
- “ProTECT: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Progesterone for Acute Traumatic Brain Injury” by D.W. Wright, A.L. Kellermann, V.S. Hertzberg, et al.; Annals of Emergency Medicine; 2007 Apr; 49(4):391-402.
- “Improved Outcomes from the Administration of Progesterone for Patients with Acute Traumatic Brain Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by G. Xiao, J. Wei, W. Yan, W. Wang, and Z. Lu; Critical Care; 2008; 12:R61.