Healthy Habits for Bone and Joint Health

If you’re over the age of 18, there’s a 50-50 chance you’re affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions. In fact, the Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States found 54% of Americans deal with these issues. 

These ailments are the most frequent cause of chronic pain and physical disability in the world. So, what do they entail? Anything from back pain and osteoporosis to arthritis. Back/neck pain is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition Americans suffer from, as 101.3 million adults from a 2015 study said they dealt with these disorders, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions. Arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia), meanwhile, affects more than 50 million U.S. adults, according to a 2015 study. More...

Most Common Side Effects Associated with Prescription Medications

When your doctor prescribes medication for an ailment or condition, you know it must be safe… to a certain extent. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves prescription medications when the benefits outweigh the risks, but both prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs can have side effects that range from irritating to serious to downright strange. 

From minor discomforts like dizziness or fatigue to serious complications like shortness of breath or an increased risk for heart attack, side effects are unwanted, secondary reactions to a drug you are taking. In some cases, however, drug reactions can be serious and lead to disability, hospitalization, permanent damage, or even death. 

Side effects can occur when you start a new medication, when you change the dosage of a certain drug, or even when you stop taking it. However, not everyone experiences side effects. Your age, weight, general health, supplement intake, and even genetics all come into play when you start taking medications, so it’s hard to predict what, if any, side effects you may have. More...