Healthy Living

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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Why Better Sleep Should Be Your Top New Year’s Resolution

January 6, 2017 | Pulmonary/Critical Care

lack of sleepTypical New Year’s resolutions include exercise, dieting, and weight loss. But did you know sleep also has a huge impact on your quality of life? In fact, sleep can impact everything from your performance at work to your relationships with loved ones. Here are the top reasons you should consider putting better sleep at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list.

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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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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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