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Public crises: Be prepared

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Human crises both worldwide and close to home present a constant need for critical support by aid workers, medical staff and others headed to the scene to assist.  Because of this, it is crucial that people are adequately prepared and educated to provide effective, efficient care for those in need.

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Narrative medicine weaves storytelling into health care

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Illness is collaborative. It’s not just a list of symptoms and a diagnosis, but a story.

That’s the philosophy behind a new educational initiative at the Community‐University Health Care Center (CUHCC). It’s called narrative medicine.

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The birth control pill: what’s fact and what’s fiction

There are plenty of rumors about birth control pills, more commonly known as “the pill”: The pill makes women gain weight. Antibiotics will make birth control less effective. You have to take the pill at the same time every day. But what’s actually true?

Health Talk sat down with Sarah Westberg, Pharm.D., associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, to find the answers.

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When to say goodbye

Any pet owner can understand the heartbreak that accompanies the moment when their pet receives a grim health diagnosis. To many, pets become a member of the family: A cocker spaniel was a couple’s first “child.” A cat was a source of comfort to someone who was going through a difficult time. A golden retriever was the first one to greet his owner at the door, and the last to say goodbye.

And then the vet recommends euthanasia.

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Pharmacists play a prominent role in animal healthcare

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While pharmacists are well known for helping people with their medications, it’s often overlooked that they play a primary role in animal healthcare. While veterinarians prescribe animal medications, pharmacists have had an increased role in preparing and dispensing them.

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How to prepare your cat for a trip to the vet

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Like many pets, cats need regular examinations to maintain a good weight, test for parasites and infectious diseases, look for dental problems and to receive vaccines.

Veterinarians can often detect conditions before they become significant, painful and costly, but unfortunately, many cats go unchecked. This Saturday is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center is encouraging cat owners to take their cats to the vet so they can live long and healthy lives.

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