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Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Can a Patch Prevent Peanut Allergies?

January 16, 2018

For nearly 15 million Americans, sitting down to a meal or grabbing a snack comes with a whole host of considerations because of food allergies. An allergic reaction can range from mild symptoms to critical flare-ups that require emergency care. Of the eight major food allergens including milk, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish – peanut allergies affect over 3 million Americans. Food allergies are especially pesky since most people are allergic to more than one food. The prevalence of food allergies has prompted researchers to focus on new ways of treating the condition. A... Continue Reading

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Uncover the Fascinating World of General Surgery

January 15, 2018

You may have heard that you, or someone you love, will be receiving services from a General Surgeon. Here is all the information you need to understand the challenging and unique field of general surgery. What is general surgery? General surgery is a surgical specialty. The word "general" might make this statement seem misleading, but it's true. A general surgeon is a doctor who performs surgeries for many ailments rather than specifying one system or organ, such as neurosurgery or cardiothoracic. So, it's not the case that all surgeons are considered general surgeons, even though all... Continue Reading

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Cancer Screenings That Could Save Your Life

January 11, 2018

Cancer is the second leading cause of death. Cancer kills more than half a million Americans every year equating to one of every four deaths in the United States. A way to drastically reduce this number is to detect cancer as early as possible. The most efficient way to do this is through a cancer screening. Catching cancer at an early stage will increase the chances of a successful recovery. Listed below are the top four screenings that you should consider. Skin Cancers-Skin Biopsy This screening is meant to diagnose skin cancers, the most common type of cancers. During a skin biopsy, a... Continue Reading

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New Culprit Found in the Hunt for Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

January 8, 2018

Researchers working to unearth the cause or causes for Parkinson's disease are following a line of evidence linked to farmers. It is known that farmers are more prone to getting Parkinson's disease. One of the reasons this may be the case is may be due to exposure to pesticides and other chemicals. One 2006 study that had followed patients for 9 years, showed that patients with regular exposure to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson's. But this study didn't look at specific types of pesticides. Now, more recent data shows that Paraquat and Rotenone, specifically, may cause more... Continue Reading

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Nearly 50% of Americans Have High Blood Pressure. Could You?

January 5, 2018

When you go to the doctor, more than likely your appointment starts with a check of your vital signs – temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure. We're all striving to fall within the healthy range in these areas. However, a recent announcement by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology changes the range for what's considered healthy. This new guideline means that 46% of Americans, nearly half the population, is now diagnosed with high blood pressure. The New Normal Previous guidelines define high blood pressure as a systolic reading of 140 or more... Continue Reading

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The Girlfriend’s Guide to Cervical Health

January 3, 2018

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical health is one of the most sought-after health topics today, and as a woman, it's in your best interest to stay aware about cervical cancer and its potential threats. Fortunately, cervical cancer is preventable when you get the necessary screenings and follow your doctor's care recommendations. When doctors find cervical cancer early, there is hope for a cure, but it can still be life-threatening. Due to this risk, you should take the first step to ensure that you know the status of your cervix so that you can stay healthy. What is Cervical... Continue Reading

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Inflammation: Why It's a Red Flag for Your Health

December 12, 2017

Remember the last time you cut your finger or stubbed your toe? More than likely you noticed signs of inflammation as your body was healing. The redness, swelling, warmth, and stiffness you experience after an injury is your body's way of repairing the damage and warding off dangerous bacteria or viruses. Inflammation is a natural process that occurs when your white blood cells kick into high gear and produce substances to protect and heal the body. A Closer Look at Chronic Inflammation In some instances, the body can trigger inflammation incorrectly, resulting in damage to normal tissue... Continue Reading

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Yes or No? When Are Antibiotics the Right Answer?

December 7, 2017

Whether it's a persistent cough, a stuffy nose, or a fever – the expectation when seeing a doctor is that we'll be given medicine to make us feel better. While short-term relief is what we're after, could our reliance on antibiotics be harming us in the long run? It turns out that overusing or misusing antibiotics may result in antibiotic resistance – one of the world's most concerning public health problems according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). So, how do you know when to say yes and when to say no to antibiotics? Bacteria versus Viruses The culprits of what ail us come in two... Continue Reading

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HPV in Men: A Growing Health Concern

December 5, 2017

In recent years, the human papillomavirus or HPV, has become a hot topic. Vaccines to protect against the virus have gained media attention and are a topic of debate for many parents since vaccines are recommended around 11 or 12 years of age. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that almost 80 million people are currently infected with HPV in the United States. In 2017 alone, 14 million people, including teenagers, are expected to be diagnosed with HPV. Most of the recent HPV media coverage has focused on women since HPV can cause several types of gynecological cancers like... Continue Reading

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Cope with Stress and Depression During the Holidays

December 1, 2017

The holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving through New Years, can be a time of joy, celebration, gatherings with family and friends and reflection of blessings. This is not the case for all, as many people reflect on their current situation, be it financial, relational, spiritual or other. They look at the past with disappointment and to the future with uncertainty. Holiday Depression and SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder are two distinct mental health conditions that are real during this time of year. According to Mental Health America, many factors can cause the "holiday blues":... Continue Reading

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