Healthy Living

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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Flu Complications: Are You at Risk?

October 26, 2016 | Primary Care, Vaccines

little boy sick with fluFor most people, the flu means aches, fevers, a sore throat, and possibly missing a week of school or work. However, the flu can create serious health problems. Statistics show that:

    • The flu sends more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital each year.
    • An estimated 36,000 people in the United States die from flu-related complications annually.
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Partnering With Patients for Better Care: Meet Dr. Stacy Burns

October 19, 2016 | Primary Care, Provider

Dr. Stacy BurnsDr. Stacy Burns encourages patients to be involved in every step of their healthcare. “One of the things I enjoy most about practicing medicine is the relationships I build with my patients,” says Burns. “I believe doctor-patient relationships should be built on mutual respect and trust to ensure good communication.”

Burns is a board-certified internal medicine doctor who recently joined LeBauer HealthCare on Elam Avenue in Greensboro. She is taking new patients and has experience providing preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment to adults of all ages.

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5 Ways to Partner with Your Doctor for Better Health

October 14, 2016 | Primary Care, Provider

doctor and patient discussing resultsOne way to improve your overall health – and recover more quickly if you are ill – is to be sure you have patient-centered health care. In a patient-centered care model, patients are active participants in their health and health care decisions. The patient and doctor talk and agree together on a plan of care. The result is healthier patients who are more successful in managing any chronic conditions and better equipped to make healthy lifestyle changes.

How can you be sure you have patient-centered care?

Following these five guidelines will put you on the right road to partnering with your doctor for better health.

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