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Thyroid Troubles: Signs You Need to Change Your Medication

February 13, 2017 | Primary Care

thyroid problemsThe thyroid produces two hormones, T3 and T4, that regulate metabolism throughout the body, affecting everything from your heart rate and body temperature to food digestion. Many patients with an underactive thyroid, known as hypothyroidism, struggle to find the right medication dosage. The trial and error involved in adjusting medications can leave a patient bouncing between two extremes: fatigue and sluggishness, or a shaky nervousness that leaves them wide awake at night.

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6 Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

February 2, 2017 | Primary Care

man with sleep apneaAmerica is a sleep deprived country. But some of us are exhausted no matter how much sleep we get. In fact, more than 20 million Americans are estimated to have sleep apnea, a condition that leads to tiredness and sleepiness even after 8 hours of sleep.

What is more concerning is that only a fraction of those with sleep apnea have been diagnosed and treated. Discover the signs of sleep apnea and the serious health complications that can result from untreated sleep apnea.

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4 Health Risks to Watch in Your 30s

January 23, 2017 | Primary Care

healthy 30 year oldWith busy careers and growing families, many people in their 30s aren’t finding the time to take care of themselves. If you coasted through your 20s with only a few visits to the doctor and not much thought about your diet, now is the time to pay attention to your health. Yearly physicals, completing recommended health screenings, and healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk for chronic health problems later in life.

While your family health history plays a role in the health screenings you need, here are four of the top health risks 30-year-olds need to watch.

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Staying Safe in the Snow

January 19, 2017 | Primary Care

Snow Safety for ChildrenChildren’s eyes light up when snowflakes start coming down, and they can hardly contain their excitement at the thoughts of sledding, building a snowman, and making snow angels. However, the cold weather and wet snow mean parents have to take precautions to keep little ones safe. The next time you wake up to a winter wonderland, be sure to follow these snow safety tips.

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New Doctor Cares for Children and Adults in Burlington

January 4, 2017 | Primary Care

Dr. Jayce CookAre you looking for a doctor who can care for the whole family? Dr. Jayce Cook, a board-certified family medicine physician, offers care for children, teens, and adults at the LeBauer Burlington Station office in Burlington, NC.

A Passion for Family Care

“I enjoy getting to know patients of all ages,” says Cook. “Having a positive impact on the health and well-being of families and individual patients is one of the reasons I chose family medicine. I enjoy helping people and was always fascinated by science, so medicine was a natural fit for a career.”

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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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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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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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