If you're someone who suffers from chronic joint pain and you hear about those kind of results, it's easy to think "replacement surgery is for me." And you may be right. But surgery is, shall we say, a big deal and should rarely be your first course of actio
Like Lyme disease, the most common one, it is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick. According to the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont has the highest annual incidence of anaplasmosis nationwide.
Many primary care offices are offering patients more types of care more conveniently than ever. Knowing about all of the services your primary care practice offers can help you take better care of yourself and your family.
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.