New FDA guidelines suggest limiting access to painkillers

Proposed FDA guidelines would limit the availability of painkillers.

On Oct. 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a major change in the way painkillers will be distributed to patients in an effort to reduce abuse of prescription drugs in the country.1 This news will have far-ranging ripple effects on the way pharmacists and pharmacy technicians…

FDA moves to ban trans fats

In recently proposed rules, the FDA announced it plans to all but eliminate trans fats from the nation's food supply.

Soon, physicians, certified medical assistants, pharmacy technicians and other health professionals may no longer have to worry about the dangers artificial trans fats pose to their patients. A measure recently proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will almost entirely eliminate the…

How to stay focused on your studies during the holidays

When the holidays come around, it can be hard to focus on your studies.

Once the calendar turns to late October, it’s time to start celebrating some of the most popular holidays of the year – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The weather is usually still crisp and cool in most places, people are excited to spend time with their friends and…

Birth control pills may lead to higher risk of glaucoma

Researchers have found a connection between birth control use and glaucoma.

Birth control pills have become ubiquitous in American culture, with millions of women taking them on a daily basis.1 For the most part, they are viewed as a vital part of women’s health, but a recent study has found that long-term use can lead to an increased risk of glaucoma, a leading cause…

The 4 best jobs for millennials

Some of the best jobs for millennials are in the field of health care.

Millennials (also known as Gen Y) are the generation comprised of people born between roughly 1980 and 2000. While there has been a lot of negative press for what has been termed the “me, me, me generation,” those who are familiar with the 20-something crowd tend to view them as hard working,…

My Starting Point – Mayra Ruiz Gallegos

Mayra Ruiz Gallegos

Hey guys, my name is Mayra Ruiz Gallegos and this is my Starting Point. Just a couple of weeks ago I started the Pharmacy Technology program at the Carrington College Mesa campus. Over the next 10 months, I’ll be sharing my college journey with you through blog posts like this one. I’ll let you…

New heart attack risk calculator appears flawed

A new online tool that is supposed to help doctors calculate a patient's risk of heart attack has been experiencing problems.

Leading heart organizations in the United States recently released a new set of guidelines intended to clarify rules on reducing cholesterol. However, one of the key components of that effort – an online heart attack risk calculator – has been suffering through some early glitches, hampering the…