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Understanding Hepatitis C
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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One of the main goals of primary care physicians is to practice preventive medicine: that is, preventing onset of disease, or identifying disease early so as to avoid poor health outcomes in the future.

To that end, your doctor may request that you undergo screening tests on a routine basis. You may be familiar with many of these procedures; mammograms, pap smears, prostate exams and colonoscopies all fall under the “screening” umbrella. One of the newer recommended screening tests is a one-time blood test for hepatitis C in patients born between 1945 and 1965. This recommendation -- supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD), and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force -- is advised for all members of the Baby Boomer generation without regard to risk factors. According to the USPSTF’s findings, 75% of all current Hepatitis C infections are in this age group.

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Healthy Holiday Cookout Options
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Read more... This summer treat your friends and family to healthy cookout fare.  The old standards can be made healthier with just a few changes and still keep their crowd appeal.  Try adding these healthy updates of cookout faves to your backyard bash menu:
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How Do I Know if I’m in Labor?
Monday, June 02, 2014

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As a pregnant woman approaches the final weeks of labor, her anxiety often grows. Many women wonder if they will recognize the symptoms of labor and make it to the hospital on time. In movies and on TV, women have one contraction and give birth minutes later, however in reality, it is usually slower and less dramatic.

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Coping with Spring Allergies
Monday, April 28, 2014

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As I write this, I’m happy to report that Spring is officially here. I know this not because of the weather (there’s currently snow on the ground!), but because of the sinus congestion and runny nose I’ve been fighting for more than a week now. Many of you may be in the same boat, suffering from seasonal allergies or, more medically, Allergic Rhinitis. Where do these symptoms come from? How can they be remedied?

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Immunizations During Pregnancy
Thursday, March 13, 2014

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At your first prenatal visit, your provider will test to see if you are immune to rubella (German measles) and varicella (chicken pox). Most people will have had the immunization for rubella as children. Some people will have had the chicken pox and be immune to the illness, and some people will have had the vaccine. If you are not immune to rubella or varicella, you will receive the vaccination after the baby is born on the post-partum floor. These two vaccinations are not safe to receive during pregnancy.        

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