Author: Laura Kujubu (former DCA staff writer)

Getting Sick on a Trip Can Be a Headache If You Don’t Plan

Beyond lost luggage, getting sick is another event that can throw a major wrench into a relaxing, enjoyable vacation. As part of your travel preparations, take steps to ensure you’re ready for when the unthinkable, and inconvenient, happens. According to a July Consumer Reports article, the following tips can help reduce stress and confusion if…

Protect Your Pets: Beware of Using Online Pharmacies

Buying online prescription drugs for yourself can be a risky proposition. The same applies when ordering pet medications from an online pharmacy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns pet owners to be extremely careful if buying from an online retailer. Similar to some online pharmacies for people, online pharmacies for animals may be…

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease are rising, making it more important than ever to understand what the disease is, what the warning signs are, and the steps to try to stay brain-healthy. Better knowledge regarding the disease is the focus of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. This month, in particular, the…

Concierge Medicine: A Return to Old-Fashioned Care

Same-day appointments, phone conversations with your doctor, long visits, and house calls. These health care services, from a seemingly bygone era, may be possible with concierge medicine. Also known as “boutique medicine,” concierge medicine entails patients paying an annual out-of-pocket retainer fee—which can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars—to have access…

Getting the Most from Your Facial

A facial treatment is considered a luxury designed to improve your skin’s appearance. And, chances are, your skin will look fresher and healthier, especially if the facials are done on a regular basis. However, in the wrong hands, such as those of an unlicensed esthetician or cosmetologist, or if the tools are improperly sanitized or…