Cost-effective drugs — WINTER 2010 what’s available? As more prescription drugs hit the Cost-effective drugs by health condition: A convenient chart for you Take control of your holiday stress level Just say “no” to pneumonia and the flu HIGH CHOLESTEROL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
bad cholesterol as well astriglycerides — fats in the blood —and is available over the counter. Other over-the-counter drugs thatwork to lower fats in the blood areomega-3 fatty acids. The fibricacid drugs, including gemfibrozil(Lopid®), are prescription drugsthat work to reduce fats in theblood. A balanced diet and active
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prescription anti-viralmedications, such as
oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) areavailable for the treatment of
BRAND-NAME VS. GENERIC PRESCRIPTIONS DRUG OPTION HEALTH CONDITION GENERIC NAME BRAND NAME DRUG CLASS High blood pressure High cholesterol Heartburn/GERD Common cold Influenza For a complete list of brand-name and generic medications covered under your current ODS, Providence or Clear One PERSprescription drug benefit, please visit ODS online at www.odscompanies.com/members or log on to your myODS account andconsult the PERS Prescription Drug Plan List of Covered Drugs. You may also contact ODS Pharmacy Customer Service foradditional information at 503-265-4709 or 888-786-7509.Were you among those nursing an overspending hangover last January?
seem to be too muchwork, too stressful and too chaotic. It’s easy
spending, commitments and preparations.
avoid expensive express delivery charges.
meaningful, more simplified and more fun?
schedule something special for yourself —perhaps a massage or an hour on the
Stop for a moment and think about your ideal
holiday season. Then, make a commitment tochange your game plan. You can achieve a
• You be the gift. One of the most special
healthier and happier holiday season. Here’s
gifts you can give is your time. Instead of
exchanging actual presents, consider aspecial night with friends or family for
• Count the costs and make a cut. Think
about your holiday spending — from gifts
creating memories together is as valuable
sprinkles for those sugar cookies. Focuson what truly makes the holidays special.
• Keep it simple. What’s really important to
loved ones happy and make that yourpriority.
• Make your list and check it twice. It works
for Santa, and it can work for you. Outline
Simplify your plans and wrap up your holiday
tomorrow’s to-do list before you go to bed
season with more time, more money in your
savings and, most important, more fun.
night. Recheck in the morning, plan aroute and combine errands to help yousave time and money. Just say “no” to pneumonia and the flu HOW TO PREVENT BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA FLU SHOTS AND GOOD HYGIENE CAN
There are two kinds of pneumonia — viral
HELP KEEP YOU HEALTHY THIS FLU SEASON
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness
types are dangerous, but one is preventable.
caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild
to severe illness and, at times, can lead to
pneumococcal disease, is a serious disease that
death. Most healthy people recover from the flu
kills more people in the United States each year
without complications. However, some people
than all other vaccine-preventable diseases
— including older people, young children and
people with certain health conditions — are at
preventable with a pneumonia vaccine.
higher risk for serious complications from the
The single best method of protecting yourself
flu. Common flu symptoms include fever, sore
against bacterial pneumonia is to get the
throat, headache, congestion, tiredness (can be
vaccine when you turn 65. This is usually
needed one time, but some high-risk adults may
need a second vaccination. Both are covered by
To prevent the spread of germs:
Medicare. No one should receive more than two
pneumonia shots in their lifetime. Talk to yourdoctor to see if a second pneumonia shot is
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue
when you cough or sneeze, and then throwthe tissue away. Do you need a pneumonia shot?
• If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze
To see if you are at high risk for pneumonia,
into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
check the boxes below that apply to you.
• Avoid touching your face until your hands
The single best way to protect yourself against
health problems (consult your doctor).
the flu is to get a flu shot each fall. Do you need a flu shot?
problem, such as heart disease, sickle cell
Check the boxes below that apply to you.
disease, lung or liver disease (includingcirrhosis), diabetes, or alcoholism.
You have diabetes; diseases of the heart,
kidneys or liver; or chronic anemia.
drugs; long-term steroid use; bone marrow
treatment or organ transplant, or you are
receiving high levels of steroids. (These
contact with people in the groups above.
susceptible Native American populations.
If you checked any of the boxes above, protect
You reside in a nursing home or other long-
yourself by getting a flu shot every fall.
Go to your local pharmacy to get a flu shot, or
call your doctor’s office and ask about their flu
first pneumonia vaccine five or more years
If you checked any of the boxes above, protectyourself by getting a pneumonia shot rightaway. Find cost-effective drugs for your health condition Take control of your holiday stress level Page 4 Just say “no” to pneumonia and the flu Page 5 Providence Health Plan Clear One Health Plans Kaiser Permanente
The Caffeine Problem Introduction In this lesson, we explore the dynamics of caffeine in the body through the use of exponential functions. Various foods and drinks popular around the world contain caffeine. Caffeine is an alkaloid compound that comes from plants, including coffee, tea, kola nuts, mate, cacao and guarana. Many people drink caffeine drinks because they like the taste of the
March 2002 Specific-IgE tests may indicate asthma risk SYNOPSIS and the possibility of prevention 795 infants (aged 1–2 years) with atopic dermatitis (AD) receivedplacebo or cetirizine for 18 months. This report from the ETAC study group shows that specific-IgE screeningof infants with AD indicates those who are at risk of developing asthma. 566 of these children were followed fo