Archive for May, 2016

Working Together for Better Patient Care: Networks with Primary and Specialty Care Offer Advantages

May 31, 2016 | Provider

Confident female doctor in front of teamMany of us may go for years with relatively few health problems and are able to rely solely on a primary care physician for check-ups, routine screenings, and the occasional sore throat or cough. However, we’re all susceptible to illnesses that require more in-depth care. You may need to see a specialist for a procedure or to either rule out or confirm a particular diagnosis. At other times, your primary care physician may have already made a diagnosis but wants you to receive treatment offered by a specialist.

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Dreading a Doctor Visit? Five Tips to Overcome Nerves

May 25, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-05-18_3If you get butterflies in your stomach thinking about a trip to the doctor, you’re not alone. While many adults may not admit they feel nervous or embarrassed when it comes to healthcare appointments, the phenomenon is actually common. Many people worry about a bad test result or pain associated with a procedure. Others may be embarrassed to discuss certain health topics or be afraid the doctor will lecture them on the repercussions of unhealthy behavior.

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Starting Over With a New Doctor: Four Tips for a Stress-Free Transition

May 23, 2016 | Provider

2016-05-18_LHCSeeing a new doctor for the first time can be slightly stressful, even if you know switching doctors is in your best interest. Perhaps you just moved to a new neighborhood that is no longer convenient to your old doctor’s office or your previous doctor retired. You may have decided a particular physician is not the best match for your personality or health goals.

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Hope for Mental Illness: Awareness and Treatment Options

May 19, 2016 | Behavioral Medicine

2016-05-18_LHC_2Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.— that’s 43.8 million people — experience mental illness in any given year. Anxiety disorders affect 18 percent of American adults, and among people aged 15 to 24, suicide is the second leading cause of death. While the numbers are staggering, studies show that awareness and education help prompt more people to speak out and seek treatment. In honor of National Mental Health Month, we’ve provided a list of common signs of mental illness and information about treatment benefits and options.

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Beyond the Beach Body Diet: Four Overlooked Tips for Long-Term Weight Loss

May 12, 2016 | Primary Care

2016-05-12Summer is the perfect season for pool parties and weekend beach trips, yet many people dread the thought of putting on a swimsuit due to extra pounds. In a quest for a lean and toned beach body, adults and teens often turn to weight-loss programs that offer quick and dramatic results. But do these programs work and do they keep weight off in the long run? Will you look great in June, but gain it all back by September?

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Team Up with an Endocrinologist to Manage Thyroid Function

May 3, 2016 | Endocrinology

2016-05-03If your thyroid gland isn’t functioning properly, it can affect everything from energy levels to heart function to digestion. Patients with thyroid disorders may suffer from a wide range of symptoms. Understanding how a thyroid disorder can impact your health is the first key to feeling better. We’ve compiled information about two of the most common thyroid disorders and tips for coping.

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