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CTMH | Doctors Hospital Pharmacy sends Hurricane Relief Supplies to Anguilla

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The Cayman Islands Government has arranged Hurricane Relief for our Caribbean neighbors in Anguilla who experienced extensive damage during Hurricane Irma. CTMH Doctors Hospital Pharmacy was contacted by HSA asking to contribute medical supplies and medication for the people of Anguilla. Our materials management team (Naomi Clery & Damion Tomlin) stepped into action arranging medical supplies that were essential to Hurricane Relief. Our Home Healthcare Advisor Jocelyn McLeod also stepped up to support Anguilla with braces and support products. Maureen Gipple & Simone Davis also acted as leading Pharmacists in arranging crucial medications for the Anguilla communities.

Our staff is fully aware of the devastation a hurricane can have on an island in the Caribbean. CTMH Doctors Hospital Pharmacy stands with our neighbors in Anguilla and hopes to have their supplies to arrive Tuesday September 12th. While our pharmacy was put to the test in arranging Hurricane Relief supplies; our team still fully operated with its daily operations in supplying prescriptions and pharmaceutical one on one counseling to the people of the Cayman Islands.

CTMH Doctors Hospital Pharmacy wants everyone in the Cayman Islands to contribute and respond to Hurricane Irma’s devastating damages. Our staff encourages the support and relief efforts to our Caribbean neighbors. At CTMH Doctors Hospital Pharmacy we are a part of the Caribbean family and want to open the spectrum in ‘Taking Care of Your Health’.

Prostate Cancer

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The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men that is part of the reproductive system.

The prostate sits low in the pelvis, below the bladder, in front of the rectum and the prostate surrounds the urethra. The prostate makes seminal fluid, the liquid in sperm that protects, supports and helps transport sperm.

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men.

  • Nearly 26,730 men will die needlessly of prostate cancer.
  • 1 in 7 American men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 36 men will die of this disease.
  • Prostate cancer is nearly 100% survivable if caught early.

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Age: The risk of prostate cancer increases with age.

Ethnicity: Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than of men of other races. African-American men are also more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer.

Family History: Men with a father or brother with prostate cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. The risk is much higher for men with several affected relatives, especially if their relatives were diagnosed with cancer at a young age.

Genetic Mutations: Inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes raise the risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer in some families.

Diet: Studies indicate there may be a link between diet and the cause or prevention of prostate cancer.

Chemical Exposure: Exposure to certain chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides may have higher than average rates of prostate cancer. Veterans who were exposed to the defoliate Agent Orange are 49% more likely than non-exposed veterans to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Firefighters: Recent studies show that firefighters are at a 28% greater risk to develop prostate cancer compared to the general population.

Prevalence of Prostate Cancer

An estimated 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States this year. Further it is expected that 26,730 deaths will occur this year due to prostate cancer. This is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.

Men age 40 and older who have at least a 10-year life expectancy should talk with their health care professional about having a baseline digital rectal exam of the prostate gland and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

Most prostate cancers are discovered in the local (confined to the prostate) stage; the 5-year relative survival rate for patients whose tumors are diagnosed at the earliest stages of the disease is nearly 100%.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth and potential spread of abnormal cells. The human body is made up of billions of cells that normally divide to reproduce themselves. Occasionally, cells abnormally divide too quickly. Rapidly dividing cells can create a mass called a tumor. Some tumors are benign (noncancerous, no potential to spread). Others are malignant (cancerous). The growth of a benign tumor may interfere with body functions, such as urinating, but these tumors are seldom life threatening. On the other hand, malignant tumors invade and destroy normal tissue. By a process called metastasis, cells break away from a cancerous tumor and spread through the blood and lymphatic system to other parts of the body, where they form new tumors. Sometimes cancer grows and spreads rapidly. In other cases, it develops and spreads slowly.

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer begins when normal cells in the prostate begin to change and grow uncontrollably. Some prostate cancers grow slowly and may not cause symptoms or problems for years while other prostate cancers are more aggressive and grow quicker. Often there is no way to predict how aggressive a cancer is before a biopsy. However there are multiple new biomarkers and genomic tests available that may aid in determining if the cancer will be aggressive or not. Click below for more information about these biomarkers and genomic tests.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed, major cancer among all Americans. The incidence of prostate cancer increases with age. Some studies have shown an overall 2-to 3-fold increase in the risk of prostate cancer in men who have a history of this disease in their family. Family history is defined as prostate cancer in a brother, father, or an uncle. It is more significant if a family member was diagnosed with prostate cancer at a younger age (less than 60 years old). The incidence rate of prostate cancer is two times higher in African-American men than Caucasian men. Men with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation are also at higher risk for prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

In its early stages not everyone experiences signs or symptoms of prostate cancer. However, you should go to your doctor if experiencing any of these symptoms because it could also be a sign of other prostate conditions.

  • Problems passing urine, such as slow or weak stream.
  • Problems with needing to urine frequently, especially throughout the night.
  • Problems with holding back urine or even loss of bladder control.
  • Finding blood in urine.
  • Difficulty getting an erection or getting a painful erection.
  • Pain in hips, lower back and chest.

Source: Prostate Conditions Education Council

September is Healthy Aging Month – Reinvent Yourself!

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Think it’s too late to “re-invent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging®, it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion or hobby. Worthington is the creator of September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Now in its second decade, Worthington says September is Healthy Aging Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 45-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.

The numbers of people over 45 is growing every year. The attention used to be just on the baby boomers. The generation x-ers are elbowing their way in and have many of the same interests as the previous generation – stay active and vibrant as long as possible. There are over 76 million baby boomers today over 50 and the first of the 82.1 million generation x-ers are about to reach that milestone in 2015.

“Use September as the motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do if money was no object,” says Worthington. “And try it! Who says you have to do something related to what you studied in school? Who says, you can’t start your own home business later in life, test you’re your physical prowess, or do something wildly different from anything you’ve done before? Only that person you see in the mirror!”

Why Healthy Aging?

According to Worthington, “We saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out ‘Hey, it’s not too late to take control of your health, it’s never too late to get started on something new.’ Why not think about the positive aspects of aging instead of the stereotypes and the negative aspects?”

September is a perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging Month since it is time when many people think about getting started on new tasks after the summer. Drawing on the “back to school” urge embedded in everyone from childhood, the observance month’s activities are designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and get going on positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial and mental wellness.

September is Healthy Aging Month was first introduced when the baby boomers were about to turn 50. “At that time, no one wanted to talk about growing older,” Worthington says. “You know, it was that same ‘60’s attitude – ‘Don’t trust anyone over 30; hell no we won’t go.’ Today as the boomers turn 60 and 65, it’s a different story,” Worthington explains.

“We recognized early on that careful attention to the combination of physical, social, mental and financial fitness was powerful in the pursuit of a positive lifestyle and have built our Healthy Aging programs around that concept for the government and private sector through this annual observance as well as TV specials, videos, books, printed material, our website and blogs.

10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself during September Is Healthy Aging Month:

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip: Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!)
  2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news).
  3. Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers.)
  4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? (Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)
  5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up? Check out how much better your neck looks! Fix your stance and practice it every day, all day until it is natural. You will look great and feel better. (Tip: Your waistline will look trimmer if you follow this advice.)
  6. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)
  7. Lonely? Stop brooding and complaining about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Right this minute. Pick up the phone, landline, or cell and make a call to do one or more of the following: Volunteer your time, Take a class, Invite someone to meet for lunch, brunch, dinner, or coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, choose a new person every week for your dining out.)
  8. Start walking not only for your health but to see the neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)
  9. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while.
  10. Find your inner artist. Who says taking music lessons is for young school children? You may have an artist lurking inside you just waiting to be tapped. Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working in wood? (Tip: Sign up now for fall art or music classes and discover your inner artist!)

Tips for Staying Cool When Exercising in the Summer Heat

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Learn how to stay safe while exercising in the outdoor heat.

It’s time to take your winter treadmill routine outdoors to the parks. The days are long and warm. The trails radiate heat. Summer is here and you’re prepared to sweat! But before you lace up your running shoes, read these eight tips to keep your cool. read more →

Don’t Get Burned! How to Protect Your Body From Sun Damage

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Sunburn doesn’t just cause pain and redness. It can also cause long-term effects. Learn the risks and find out how to protect yourself.

Between the beach, the pool, and the weekend cookouts, you may be having too much fun to worry about sunburn – until that telltale stinging and redness set in. Sunburn isn’t just painful – it’s also bad for your health. read more →

Top 15 Reasons To Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away is a very famous saying. Now, you can add a new twist to this saying by replacing the apple with apple cider vinegar. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is also very effective in keeping the doctor away. It is a quick and effective ingredient for your hair, skin, cleaning coffee makers, removing coffee and tea stains from ceramic cups, polishing armor, killing weeds, making pickles as well as used for salad dressing. Apple cider vinegar is such a useful ingredient that you cannot resist the use of this ingredient every single day. It is not just used for helping you out in the kitchen and for cleaning things, but it also has many natural benefits. It is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and fluorine. It is also rich in vitamins like A, B1, B2, C, E, pectin and bioflavanoid. It is such a useful ingredient that you need to use it in your daily routine. read more →

Amazing Benefits Of Black Tea

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One of the widely consumed tea is black tea. Such a tea is obtained from the leaves of the shrub known as Camellia sinesis and it is more oxidized than the green, white and the oolong tea varieties. It has a stronger flavor than other varieties of tea.

Black tea is produced by methods that are different from other tea varieties. They are first plucked and then set out to be withered in order to remove the moisture from them. After they have lost out maximum moisture content, the leaves are rolled manually or with the help of machines. This is done by exposing them to high temperature. After the leaves have been fully oxidized, they are sorted as per the size.

Black tea is a name given to it due to the dark color of the tea’s liquor. If one notices carefully, it is usually orange or dark amber in color. Chinese are known to refer to it as red tea. The caffeine content in the tea is a concerning factor.  Cup of black tea is known to contain half the amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee. read more →

Eat Right for Your Type of Arthritis

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Learn about the foods that may help ease pain and inflammation and slow disease activity.

When you have arthritis or a related condition, getting the right nutrients can help to alleviate pain and inflammation and positively affect overall health. Research suggests that what you eat may influence the progression and symptoms of certain types of arthritis and related conditions.

Although there is no magic potion at the supermarket, studies have shown that certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties and specific benefits for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and osteoporosis symptoms. read more →

5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure

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What you don’t know about high blood pressure could hurt you. High blood pressure affects one in three Americans,1 yet many people with the condition don’t know they have it.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, high blood pressure is treatable and preventable. To lower your risk, get your blood pressure checked regularly and take action to control your blood pressure if it is too high. read more →

Cayman Pharmacy Group & CTMH | Doctors Hospital pioneer introduction of Medical Cannabis

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Grand Cayman’s Cayman Pharmacy Group and CTMH | Doctors Hospital have made a groundbreaking medical introduction by acquiring an initial quantity of Medical Cannabis for the treatment of physician selected patients who are resident to the Cayman Islands.

The newly approved Government Legislated process, which takes advantage of importing pharmaceutical grade cannabis extracts from a Health Canada authorized licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes is now available in Grand Cayman.  The oils extracted, containing measurable combinations of active ingredients of cannabis: THC (Tetrahyrdocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are to be initially dispensed out of Professional  Pharmacy. Caribbean Medical Distributors LTD is working through Professional Pharmacy to spearhead this strongly supported treatment in phase I of supplying cannabis oils to pharmacies in the Cayman Islands. read more →