Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a progressive brain disease that currently has no cure. Huntington’s disease (HD) is a genetic disease that is caused by an error in the DNA at a specific gene. As a person ages, this error starts to affect the brain greatly in areas that control mood, behavior, and movement.  DNA is made up of a collection of …

AIDS Awareness Month

December is World AIDS Awareness Month and we are using this day to reflect upon our worldwide response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This year marks 40 years since the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported. We are honoring the more than 36 million people worldwide, including 700,000 in the United States, who lost their lives …

Rare Disease Day

We spoke with Kaitlin A. Kerr, former oncology nurse, current actress, model, and writer about her experience coping with a rare disease. Kaitlin has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Ehlers Danlos Syndromes (EDS) are “a group of related disorders caused by different genetic defects in collagen.” Through the trials and tribulations that this diagnosis …

National Kidney Month – CKD

March is National Kidney Month, and we worked with a Registered Dietitian to help us learn about her role in working with patients who are coping with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and what we can to support out CKD and ESRD population. End Stage Renal Disease, also known as End Stage Kidney Disease, is …

Living with Chronic Kidney Disease

To close out Kidney Awareness Month, Valeda asked our Clinical Pharmacist Marisa Postava to interview someone who is currently living with CKD. She chose to interview her father Michael Postava, Sr. Mr. Postava is a United States Marine Corps Veteran as well as a Former Law Enforcement Officer. He was able to teach us firsthand how patients cope with CKD …

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, so we are taking the time to talk about HIV/AIDS and the importance of screening in our younger populations. In 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 21% of new HIV diagnoses were those aged 13-24 years old. That means about 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses are …

Prevention – National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

We will be continuing our talk on HIV & AIDS awareness with a discussion on prevention. To recap, HIV is most commonly spread through anal or vaginal sex with a person who is HIV positive, but it can also be spread through sharing needles or syringes with an HIV positive person. Those most at risk of contracting HIV in the …

HIV Treatment – National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

Our last discussion on HIV & AIDS awareness is on treatment. There are several different medications used to treat HIV/AIDS. Many are available as once daily treatments, but each regimen is a combination of medications to actively suppress the virus. Antiretroviral therapies (ART) for HIV have come a long way. Back in 1987, the first drug for HIV, zidovudine, was …

Arthritis Awareness Month

The month of May is recognized each year as Arthritis Awareness Month. More than 54 million adults as well as 300,000 children are living with arthritis and related diseases. That’s about 1 in 4 Americans who are afflicted with arthritis. All month long, the Arthritis Foundation, CDC, and other partners work to raise awareness for arthritis through fundraises, Cure Arthritis …

Hepatitis Awareness Month

This month of May, we are commemorating Hepatitis Awareness Month! We at Valeda RX are working to raise awareness surrounding Hepatitis and encouraging everyone to get tested for Hepatitis once to help the CDC’s efforts to eradicate the virus and say #kNOwMoreHepatitis. There are 5 different types of the Hepatitis virus: Hepatitis A (HAV), Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV), …