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What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Child From the Flu

November 23, 2016 | Primary Care

Flu shot for childDuring flu season, your children are walking around with targets on their backs. Because elderly individuals and young children are the two groups of individuals who are most susceptible to the flu virus, it’s crucial to get your child vaccinated. Vaccination is your child’s best defense against the flu this season.

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Do I Have Asthma? Recognizing the Signs in Adults

November 18, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

Woman with asthmaEven if you have chronic coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath, asthma is probably the last thing
on your mind. After all, if you had asthma, you would’ve surely found out as a child, right?

Not exactly.

Many people do not receive an asthma diagnosis until they are well into adulthood. Because the condition has many triggers, your current symptoms could be caused by a new environmental element, or simply by changes in your immune system.

Don’t brush off your symptoms as allergies, sinus problems, or being out of shape. Understand the warning signs of asthma and the importance of getting any related symptoms checked out.

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When a Cough is More Than Just a Cough

November 16, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

When you haveWoman with chronic cough an ongoing cough, everyday activities like work meetings, going to the movies, or trying to sleep at night suddenly become things you dread. You may feel, in addition to the physical discomfort, annoyance.

A cough at its best is a nuisance. However, a cough at its worst can indicate more serious health problems.

So, how do you know when a cough is more than just a cough?

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Fit Mind, Fit Body: What’s the Connection?

November 14, 2016 | Behavioral Medicine, Primary Care

Mental and physical healthDoctors are discovering more every day about how physical and mental health impact each other. There is increasing evidence that poor physical health increases risks for mental health problems. Likewise, depression and other mental health issues can contribute to everything from back pain to heart disease.

Take into account a few of these facts:

  • Depression has been linked to a 67 percent increased risk of death from heart disease. 
  • A 2011 study showed that six weeks of bicycling or weight training reduced the symptoms of anxiety for women suffering from anxiety disorders. 
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Does My Child Have Asthma? Know the Signs and Symptoms

November 10, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

Childhood asthma is a growing concern in the U.S.Young girl coughing

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 6 million children have asthma. In other words, if you look at a classroom of 30 students, at least three of them struggle with this chronic condition of the lungs.

Because asthma is one of the leading causes of school absence, it often has a great affect on a child’s learning, development, and growth. It can also hurt self esteem, as kids often feel limited on the playground or sports field.

These are the last things you want for your child.

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Back and Neck Pain: Is It Muscles, Nerves, or Discs?

November 7, 2016 | Primary Care

back and neck painAn aching back or sore neck can make normal activities painful and even interrupt sleep. While millions of Americans suffer from back and neck pain each year, there are many different types of pain and a variety of conditions that can cause the discomfort.

Sources of Back and Neck Pain

Treating back and neck pain effectively requires discovering the source of the pain. Typically, most back and neck pain is caused by one of the following:   

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3 Ways Your Doctor’s Empathy Impacts Your Health

October 31, 2016 | Primary Care, Provider

Female doctor giving compassionate care to patientWhen you’re sick or managing a chronic health issue, you turn to your doctor for medical knowledge and expertise. As it turns out, a doctor’s compassion and empathy also has an impact on recovery. While intelligence and skill are important qualities in selecting a doctor, you’ll also benefit if your physician offers a listening ear and compassionate treatment, according to a number of studies.

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6 Surprising Benefits of Stretching

October 28, 2016 | Primary Care

Woman stretching in roomWe usually think of fitness requiring sweaty gym workouts, long runs in the neighborhood, or a fast-paced exercise class. Did you know you can boost your health by simply stretching? People who regularly work a stretching routine into their day have seen both physical and mental health benefits.

Try taking 15 to 20 minutes twice a day to stretch and start realizing these six health benefits.

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