We now ask patients about housing stability, transportation access, family relationships, caregiving challenges, friendships, food security. We know, and research shows, that these stressors impact health. But are we prepared for the patients' answers?
Gout, a painful, red, and inflamed joint, is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the affected area. It is most common among people with a family history, especially men. The risk of getting gout increases with age, obesity, insulin resistance and high blood pressure.
As clinicians that blend clinical skill in diagnosing and treating health conditions with consideration for disease prevention and health management, NPs provide comprehensive care to patients every day.
At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, we'd like to set you and your children and teens on a path to a healthy school season, with some helpful reminders and tips about sleep, stress, food safety and the importance of "downtime." And some advance planning can help to smooth the transition to the school year – regardless of whether you kids are in preschool, high school, or somewhere in between.
National Health Center Week 2018, from Aug. 12-18, provides an opportunity to learn more about community health center (CHCs) and witness, firsthand, why we are at center stage in a changing health care landscape.
There are multiple screening tests available for colon cancer. For people of average risk, most doctors recommend a stool test every year, a stool DNA test every three years, and a colonoscopy every 10 years. Although colonoscopy is an invasive test, it is especially effective at detecting colon cancer. Plus polyps and lesions can be removed during the test.
In fact, the time between when a new antibiotic is introduced and when resistance starts to be noticed among bacteria has fallen from 10 years to just 1. These developments have given rise to the "super bugs." These bacteria can be resistant to nearly every antibiotic developed to kill them.
According to a recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control, flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 percent to 60 percent. By taking other precautions, like hand washing and avoiding close contact with those who are ill, in addition to getting a flu shot, you get excellent overall protection.
If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.
Gardening also relates to many desirable health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity." And physical activity is a great way to ward off lots of common diseases, like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and more.
But visiting your healthcare providers for regular screenings can save you time and money in the long run - not to mention keeping you in good health so you can continue to juggle all of those responsibilities without getting run down.
Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if their old wood stove is currently operational, non-EPA certified and located in a residential building, and the stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.
Almost 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of the risk factors are unavoidable, such as age and family history. Others are within your power. When you make choices to improve your diet and increase your activity, you decrease your risk.