Expert Health Articles

  • When to go to a Primary Care Office vs Urgent Care Center vs Emergency Department
    Health care needs occur at all hours of the day and night. Determining if you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or choose a nearby urgent care or hospital emergency department for more immediate care is important to your health and safety. The first step is knowing the differences between primary care offices, urgent care centers and emergency departments.
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  • Milk
    Milk from cows is known to be a great source of calcium, protein, vitamin D and vitamin A. Individuals with a lactose or milk-protein allergy can find these nutrients in plant-based milks, such as almond milk. However, plant-based milks may not meet the nutritional needs of every individual, especially growing children. This article compares cow, almond, soy, rice and coconut milk to consider whether plant-based milks are an appropriate substitute for children without true milk allergies.
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  • What is insulin resistance? What is metabolic syndrome?
    Metabolic syndrome is defined as being interconnected by physiological, biochemical, clinical and metabolic factors that directly increase the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Insulin resistance is a condition in which a normal insulin concentration does not adequately produce a normal insulin response. Effective preventative approaches include lifestyle changes such as weight loss, diet and exercise and medication treatment when deemed appropriate.
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  • Dermaplane
    Dermaplane is a gentle, noninvasive exfoliation of the skin that has been in common practice for more than 40 years. By passing a carefully controlled blade over the skin in slow stroking motions, dead skin cells are lifted off and removed, revealing the healthier skin below. Exfoliation is a natural process, but our cells turnover rates decrease as we age. By removing up to 21 days' worth of dead skin cells, Dermaplane can help minimize signs of aging and leave skin smoother and healthier than before.
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  • Antibiotic Resistance
    Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria changes in a way that reduces or eliminates the ability of antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Using antibiotics inappropriately can lead to this resistance, causing individuals to develop “super bugs.” Considering other methods to treat illness and taking prescription medication exactly how your doctor prescribes can prevent antibiotic resistance from occurring.
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  • Bedside Manner
    Bedside manner is most commonly referred to as the way health care providers handle interactions with their patients while building a doctor-patient relationship. Although technology has had a negative impact on the quality of bedside manner due to less face-to-face interaction, providers are realizing the importance of connecting with patients and practicing empathy. Several benefits result from quality bedside manner including better clinical outcomes, quicker recovery and increased immune function.
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  • Meatless Meals - The Power of Plant Proteins
    Meatless meals or more commonly practiced as meatless Mondays, is the idea of going without meat for a day. The meatless Mondays campaign started in 2003 and has grown in popularity ever since. Choosing plant-based protein versus animal protein provides numerous health benefits, leaves more money in our wallets and creates a more sustainable food environment.
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  • What is Endometriosis?
    Endometriosis is a condition in which the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, is found outside the uterus.
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  • Living with Osteoarthritis
    Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 30 million Americans. Osteoarthritis frequently occurs in the hands, hips and knees. It is a degenerative joint disease also known as “wear and tear” in the joints. Osteoarthritis is caused by damaged cartilage tissue between bones and it usually develops slowly and gets worse over time. This may result in disability of one’s ability to perform daily activities. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain or aching of joints, stiff joints, swelling and decreased range of motion.
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