Spread of the Zika Virus

The Zika virus hasn’t been seen as harmful until recently. It was discovered in Uganda in 1947 and caused small outbreaks in bordering countries as well as Asia. This sporadic outbreak has affected millions of individuals and thousands of babies. With flu-like symptoms, those who are mostly affected by the virus are pregnant women.

Zika causes serious birth defects and affects the brain development in fetuses, which is called microcephaly. Babies born with this eye-opening virus have irregularly small heads and underdeveloped brains.

Although microcephaly could be caused by genetics or environmental causes, such as alcohol and drug use, the virus differs because it attacks the fetus repeatedly, which occurs throughout all three trimesters.

Unfortunately, scientists haven’t discovered any new information about the virus and how to cure it but believe that Zika could be linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which your immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling throughout the body is a major sign caused by the disorder, but can escalate to paralysis. Those infected could suffer from the syndrome temporarily or permanently; sadly there is no way to predict it.

While fear continues to grow and linger, scientist, patients, and families hope to find a cure to save thousands of lives.

Prescription Drug Increase in Local Pharmacies

One common thing many people turn to when they aren’t feeling their best is over the counter medicine. 65 million Americans use easy to get medications, but the problem we are facing is the 5% increase in 2014 and the drastic 11.8% increase seen by statistics. The changes we may be facing include price increases, the physical and mental health of those purchasing the medication, and the reliability of the medications to solve patient’s issues.

More people spend their money on things such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Aspirin. Even simple pain relieving medicines can increase in price as more people take it. It is important you limit your use, as simple as it is to go and buy them.

Your health and survival is important. If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t survive. Popping pills to relieve pain can lead to all sorts of problems, especially in the liver and kidneys. It is important to take the medication in moderation only when truly needed.

Don’t rely solely on prescriptions for healing. A lot of the time it numbs the pain instead of taking it away. Try natural healing remedies as much as possible so you aren’t dependent on taking the usual over the counter medicines. Your body will become accustomed to taking pills, leading you to taking a higher dose over time, which affects your health.

Overall, it is okay to take medicine for a headache or what your doctor prescribes you, but you don’t want to misuse it. These habits lead to addiction especially in medically prescribed drugs such as Xanax and other pills with habit-forming effects. Be careful for what you put in your body, as your body treats you well so be good to it!