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Health Matters: Four Quick Tips to Protect Against Anaplasmosis

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.

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Primary Care Offices Offer More Than Ever

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.

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Redefining Good Health - And Good Health Care

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?

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Health Matters: Five Ways to Prevent Gout

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.

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Choosing a Nurse Practitioner As Your Primary Care Provider

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.

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Back to School? Keep Kids Healthy and Happy

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.

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Prescription for Better Health: Community Health Centers Like CHP

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.

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Symptoms of Summer

Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.

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Colonoscopies: A Worthwhile Effort

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.

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New 'Boutique Bridal Show' Offers Couples Quieter, Personal Meetings With Vendors

Boutique bridal shows allow for couples to meet with various trusted vendors under one roof - without the hectic, sometimes impersonal environment of a traditional bridal expo.

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Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It

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.

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Last Minute Gift Guide

If you've been procrastinating your holiday shopping, don't worry there are plenty of thoughtful gifts still available that you can pick up locally.

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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu

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.

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Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food

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.

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Getting Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter

If you had fuel in the gas tank at that time and haven't thought about it since, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you want to use it again.

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5 Unique Pizzas You Need to Try Today!

If you're looking to try a new slice of pie, here are five unique pizzas made in the Berkshires that you'll totally want to order this weekend.

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.

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How to Choose a New Mower

Maybe your old mower is on its last legs, or maybe you're just ready for a new one. Here are some tips for choosing your next mower.

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Gardening For Your Life

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.

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