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Early Diagnosis is Key to Overcoming Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, at some point in their lifetime, more than 38 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, a cancer diagnosis doesn’t always mean the worst. Thanks to early detection techniques ...

Fight the Flu!

With the change in seasons, colds, coughs and other viruses tend to rear their ugly heads. Viral and bacterial infections are two very different things, so it’s important to know when antibiotics and immunizations help versus when they may do ...

Frequent heartburn and acid reflux could be more than a just a nuisance.

Acid reflux happens to almost everyone, especially after a spicy meal, but if it’s happening twice a week or more to you, it could be doing more harm than you realize. Heartburn and acid indigestion are some of the common symptoms associated ...

The importance of Medication Reconciliation

Over-the-counter and prescription medications are used frequently to treat thousands of unique health issues, but many times, patients are not openly communicating with their primary care provider about all the pills they are taking. Patients may ...

Wound Care for Diabetics

According to the CDC, the risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50-percent higher than adults without the disease, in part because it affects the whole body and can lead to hardening of the arteries. Ongoing, elevated blood sugar levels damage ...

Pain Management- Finding Balance in Treatments for Pain

Prescription pain medication has one job: treat the patient’s pain. This makes it a common solution. Despite the pain-relieving benefits, prescription pain medication used outside of a doctor’s orders, in conjunction with unapproved ...

Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

Physical therapy is an effective alternative to consider for long-lasting improvement with pain.

Opioids as a last resort

The opioid struggle in our community is very real and can only be won with patience and support.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Throughout time, surgery has been predominately hands-on and requires doctors to make large incisions. Now, technology is paving the way for minimally invasive surgical procedures to become more standard. For patients, this means faster recovery ...

10 Ways to Prevent Food Poisoning

Warmer weather begs for cookouts and picnicking, but as temperatures climb so does the risk of harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites seeping into your food. According internist Jerry Correces, M.D. , with Meritus Internal Medicine-Robinwood, food ...

Men's Health: Tips for Baby Boomers

“Baby boomers” is a common term used to describe people born in the years ranging from 1946-1964. Of those, about half are male - the fathers, grandfathers and male leaders of our community who we love and respect. It’s a guy thing. ...

Kid Alert: Sidestep a Sedentary Summer

Kid Alert: Sidestep a Sedentary Summer Childhood obesity, which has almost tripled in the past 30 years, has many of the same causes as adult obesity. Too much time spent watching TV, playing video games or using mobile devices takes away from ...

The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care

Nurse practitioners are becoming more common in primary care. Find out why--and how they add value to the primary care team.

Help for Pregnant Teens

Nurse practitioners are becoming more common in primary care. Find out why--and how they add value to the primary care team.

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a type of abuse usually involving a spouse or partner, but it can also involve a child or the elderly. Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to law enforcement and in fact, it takes six to eight times for a victim of ...

Why You Should Laugh More

A lack of joy, a feeling of oppressiveness or stress. In today’s fast-paced world these feelings can arise with frequency and ferocity. So how do you change your outlook? Look to something or someone who makes you laugh. Laughter, according to ...

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Colon Cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Have you had a colonoscopy recently?

Superfoods to the Rescue?

Prunes boost bone density, cabbage is a good blood purifier and garlic helps the immune system. With claims like these, it’s no wonder people stock their refrigerators with superfoods. So what are superfoods? “Superfoods are ...

Influenza Primer: What You Need to Know

For the first time in 13 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC reports that the entire continental US has widespread flu activity so the more you know about the disease, the better. Rashida McCain-Hall, M.D., with Meritus ...

Heart Disease: What You Can Control

One million people will have a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease this year according to the American Heart Association. Think of it as the entire population of San Jose, Calif., being wiped out. With an increase in obesity, sedentary ...

Why You Need to Eat Less Processed Foods

The ability to process foods has enabled man to extend the nutritional shelf life of food since the earliest time of civilization. These processes included fermentation, salting, drying and smoking foods. Yet today’s processed foods may include ...

Fitness Trends 2018

Yes, it’s that time of year when people look for the perfect workout. While there’s no magic potion to increase your activity level, trying something new is a good thing, says Elizabeth Buckwalter, physical therapist assistant with ...
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