Health News
Understanding the Diabetes Epidemic
Monday, March 11, 2013

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In the 1940s and ‘50s, the United States dealt with a countrywide polio epidemic, with more than 100,000 Americans affected and nearly 6,000 reported deaths. Starting in the early 1980s, the AIDS epidemic affected nearly one million Americans, killing more than 550,000. Right now, we are dealing with an even more staggering disease, affecting many more Americans, and dramatically impacting our healthcare system. As of data released in 2011, there are 26 million Americans with diabetes mellitus. Even more concerning, an estimated seven million of those with diabetes do not even know they have the condition. Nearly 80 million more Americans have pre-diabetes.

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Understanding the Flu Shot
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Occasionally, I will have a patient tell me that they received a flu shot, but still ended up getting the flu. While the flu vaccine does not always protect you from getting influenza, it certainly protects you from getting a more serious infection and or dying from influenza. It’s still a great preventive measure to take during flu season, and one I recommend to my patients.

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February is National Heart Health Month
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Join Kennedy in taking action today to prevent heart disease in the future!!

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Why?

  • More than 2 million heart attacks and strokes occur in the US every year.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • 2200 deaths occur daily in the U.S. as a result of cardiovascular disease.
  • $444 billion is spent in healthcare costs and lost productivity in the U.S. each year.
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Over the Counter Medicines: Making Safe Choices
Thursday, January 31, 2013

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When seeking pain relief or fever reduction, patients are faced with many over-the-counter (OTC) options. The array of choices can be overwhelming, especially when also trying factor in any potential interactions with other medications, or health issues the patient may face. Here are some tips from your family doctor to help reduce confusion and increase the safety of use of over-the-counter medications.

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Understanding High Blood Pressure
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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More than one in three adults in the United States has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. A normal blood pressure is 120/80; if your blood pressure is consistently higher than this number, you are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and other complications.

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