• Defining Arthritis

     Arthritis is a very common condition, affecting as many as half of all Americans in their lifetime. In my more than 20 years of practice, I’ve seen thousands of patients who are suffering from arthritis. It can be a painful and debilitating disease. However, arthritis is a broad term that describes one of several conditions.

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  • What You Need to Know About Heroin

    Heroin use is on the rise in our area and many towns across the United States because heroin is a cheaper alternative for people who are addicted to or are abusing prescription painkillers. These painkillers are becoming harder to get, and are therefore becoming very expensive if obtained illegally.

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  • Health Screenings Men Need - When & Why

    Health screenings help doctors and other providers detect conditions at earlier, more treatable stages.  Whether we’re screening for blood glucose (for diabetes), cholesterol (for heart disease) or PSA (for prostate cancer), the goal of all screenings is to bring attention to a problem or a developing problem.

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  • Surviving Allergy Season

    While I know everyone looks forward to spring after a long winter, there are some people who are probably feeling a little bit of dread when it comes to their spring allergies, which will start just as soon as the weather warms up. So if you are prone to seasonal allergies, there are some things you can do to help reduce your suffering.

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  • Cervical Cancer Screening and the HPV Vaccine

    We’ve come a long way with cervical cancer.  Cervical cancer used to be the number one cancer killer of American women.  That number has gone down in recent years due to improved screening methods, but there are still improvements to be made.

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  • Lifestyle Changes That Lead to a Leaner, Healthier You

    I want to help anyone reading this know more about how eating habits and activity levels can impact weight loss. The first point to make, which is what the rest of this conversation will be about, is that weight loss is a matter of taking in fewer calories than you use during the day. 

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  • When You Gotta Go... Female Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary incontinence is a very common issue, affecting as many as one in three women at some point. Urinary (or bladder) incontinence happens when you are not able to keep urine from leaking out of your urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your body from your bladder).

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  • Stroke. Reduce Your Risk, and Know the Signs

    Stroke is the leading cause of long-term adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Because of these serious statistics, I want everyone to know more about stroke risk factors, stroke signs and symptoms, and the importance of immediate treatment if a stroke is suspected.

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  • Q&A About Getting Your Zzzzs

    Are you sleepy right now? Feeling like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night? Read this Q & A to learn about sleep disorders and treatment options.

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  • Shingles - Painful and Preventable. Patient & Physician Perspectives Part 1

    Shingles: A Patient’s Perspective – Part One
    Many people don’t know that about one in three people in the US will develop shingles during their lifetime, and older people are at the greatest risk for developing shingles. In fact, half of all people who live to age 85 will develop shingles at some point.

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  • Life as a Working Mom

    Meet Melanie - a young mother of this beautiful, active and healthy 8-month old baby girl! In this blog post, Melanie shares her breastfeeding journey and reminds all moms not get discouraged and continue to strive for your breastfeeding goals! She also reminds us to seek out help when we need it.

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  • Are You at Risk for Lung Cancer?

    According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.  An annual test for lung cancer intended for long-term smokers (Low dose CT) is now offered by Deaconess Hospital and can help detect lung cancer at its earliest, most-treatable stages.

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  • Ear Infections in Children

    Did you know that more than three out of four children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday? In fact, according to UpToDate, between 60-80% of children have at least one ear infection by their first birthday, and 80-90% will by 2-3 years old. 

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  • What Women Need to Know About Their Heart Health

    Women sometimes think that they aren’t at risk for heart disease, but that simply isn’t true. More women die of heart disease and stroke than all cancers combined. One in four women die of heart-related problems compared to 1 in 30 by breast cancer.  Also, 2/3 of women who die of a heart attack had no prior symptoms of heart disease, and women die twice as often after a heart attack as compared to men.

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  • Are You Ready to Take Shape for Life?

    Take Shape for Life is a new program at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions.  This is an effective, relatively-easy way for people to lose weight—in a non-surgical program. Many people don’t qualify for or NEED weight loss surgery, but instead would benefit from a medically-directed weight loss program.

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