Posts Categorized: Family Medicine

8 Tips to Improve Your Body’s Immune System

Immune System Disorders to be aware of A number of factors affect the body’s immune system, and one of these is your lifestyle. Your habits can impact how well the immune system stops germs, viruses and chronic illnesses from affecting your body. Changing bad habits to good ones can have significant benefits to immune system function and overall health. 1. Get Enough... Read more »

Common Injuries of the Hand and Arm

Injuries to parts of the hand and arm, like the elbows, wrists and fingers, have multiple causes. Acute injury, overuse, bad technique or improper physical fitness before participating in certain activities are often to blame. Here are some of the most common injuries in the hand and arm, and what you can do to treat... Read more »

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Doctor

Choosing a new doctor can be challenging, particularly for those who have recently moved or are part of a new community. Asking for recommendations can be a good starting place, but you may also want to consider your specific needs and those of your family. Here are some factors that might play a role in... Read more »

How to Raise Healthy Kids

As a parent, it’s important to provide the opportunity for your children to make healthy lifestyle choices. Children’s health can be affected by a variety of areas, from the foods they eat to their daily routine. Here are several areas that are important to healthy kids, plus some tips to lead them down the right... Read more »

Kidney Stones 101

Also called renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis, kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidneys. Kidney stones can be caused by a variety of factors, and they can affect any part of the urinary tract. Passing kidney stones can be extremely painful but usually doesn’t cause permanent damage. In... Read more »

Diet and Your Heart

The food you put in your body plays a significant role in your heart health and risk of developing heart disease. Many people struggle to change their dietary habits, but with the right advice and a few simple tweaks, you can put yourself in a much better position when it comes to a heart-healthy diet.... Read more »

Complications of Strep Throat

Strep throat, an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by strep bacteria, causes a severe sore throat and may lead to fever. The standard treatment for strep throat is antibiotics. If this treatment is not properly applied, or even in some cases where it is, strep throat complications can lead to other conditions or... Read more »

5 Tips to De-Stress the Entire Family

Stress is a common concern for many individuals, but it’s also a growing consideration for families as a whole. A 2010 study found that 73 percent of parents report family responsibilities as a significant source of stress, and the connections between high stress levels and health issues are well documented. Children model the behaviors of... Read more »

Safe Sleep for You and Your Baby

Sleep is very important for children, especially infants and newborns. Knowing how to keep your baby safe while sleeping, and knowing what the sleep risks are, will help both you and your baby rest easy. Sleep Needs and Risks Newborn babies tend to sleep about 16 hours a day, usually in periods of three to... Read more »

Preventing Tick Bites: What You Need to Know

Ticks are small, arachnid insects commonly found outdoors in grassy, bushy or wooded areas, or on animals. They can be harmful to humans because ticks carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that can lead to serious illnesses. Here is some basic info about the types of ticks you may encounter and how to combat them both... Read more »