Archive for December, 2016

Vitamins and Supplements: Health Fad or Healthy?

December 29, 2016 | Primary Care

Vitamin shoppingYour neighbor is raving about how much energy she has since starting a new vitamin, and magazines are filled with stories of Hollywood Stars making mineral supplements a part of their health regimen. Could you benefit from a vitamin or mineral supplement?

Health experts agree that it’s best to get most of your daily allowance of vitamins and minerals from whole foods, not a pill. However, there are some people who can benefit from a supplement.

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4 Tips for Avoiding the Flu at Holidays

December 27, 2016 | Primary Care

Flu over the holidays‘Tis the season for family visits, festive parties, and the flu virus. With more gatherings and more shopping, it’s easier to become exposed to a highly contagious virus like the flu, and no one wants to be sick on a holiday. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself.

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Is Your Lack of Sleep Due to the Holidays, or is Sleep Apnea to Blame?

December 22, 2016 | Pulmonary/Critical Care

sleep apnea, trouble sleepingTis the season for traveling to grandmother’s house, sleeping on pullout sofas, and eating way too much of your aunt’s famous Christmas cookies.  

If you’re feeling a little exhausted after the holiday season, it may simply be because of all the festivities, less-than-ideal sleeping arrangements in crowded households, and the consumption of all that yummy food.

However, if chronic exhaustion persists long after jolly old St. Nicholas has come and gone, your body could be trying to tell you there’s something more serious at play. Something like Sleep Apnea.  

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Flu or Cold? How to Tell the Difference and When to See a Doctor

December 19, 2016 | Primary Care

flu symptomsRunny nose, sore throat, and fever? All three symptoms can indicate a cold and they can also describe the flu. This time of year, when both colds and the flu are spreading, how do you know which one you have? Detecting the difference can influence whether you need to see the doctor and your treatment.

To help determine if you have a cold or the flu, review this guide to symptoms:

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Staying Healthy During the Holidays: Tips for Asthma & COPD Patients

December 15, 2016 | Pulmonary/Critical Care

family holiday travelIf you have a chronic respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, the holidays can
present extra health challenges. Attending special events or traveling on an airplane or train can put you in close proximity to sick people, increasing your risk of catching a respiratory virus that could lead to complications. You also need to make extra preparations before any trip to ensure you’ll have the medications needed while away from home.

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4 Tips for Selecting Safe Toys

December 13, 2016 | Primary Care

safe toys for kidsIf you’re searching for holiday toys for your children, grandchildren, or other young family members, remember to consider the safety of your purchases. Each year, 72,000 children under age 5 are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for toy-related injuries. In fact, December has been named Safe Toys and Gifts Month to raise awareness of the risks of unsafe toys.

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How to Manage Exercise-Induced Asthma

December 8, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

Woman running in the fallYou’re only five minutes into your run and all of a sudden you realize you’re having a really difficult time breathing.  This might be normal if only you were much further into your cardio workout, but you’re not — you literally just started.  Then, the coughing and wheezing starts and you have no choice but to cut the workout short. Could you possibly have asthma?

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5 Tips to Prevent the Pain of Heartburn

December 5, 2016 | Primary Care

Heartburn middle aged manYou’ve just enjoyed a great meal with friends, but now you have pain and burning in your upper chest and throat. Heartburn can make you feel miserable, and whether you experience it every day or only on occasion, knowing how to prevent and treat heartburn can save you from painful symptoms and restless nights.

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