Posts Categorized: Family Medicine

Caring for Your Heart: Tips to Prevent Heart Attack & Stroke

Heart Health Heart disease, including heart attack, is the number one cause of death in the United States. Stroke, a related condition, is the number five cause of death in the United States. Several factors that contribute to heart attacks and strokes are not under our control, but many of the biggest factors are—including your lifestyle, which... Read more »

Bedwetting: What Can You Do?

Also known as nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting is an event that occurs in most children during potty-training years—it’s estimated that about seven million children in the United States alone wet the bed on a regular basis. Before age 7, bedwetting is considered normal and a result of immaturity. At a certain point, however, bedwetting may be... Read more »

9 Brain Boosting Foods

Every part of the body ages with time, including the brain. And while the functions of each may be different, the brain is just like any other body part—healthy habits help it stay in much better shape during the aging process. A big area in brain health is food. Research shows that adding certain foods... Read more »

Dry Drowning & Secondary Drowning: What to Watch For

Swimming Pools and Other Recreational Waters: A Haven for Hardy Parasites Some parents might assume that the danger of drowning is no longer present once children leave the pool, lake, ocean or bath, but this isn’t truly the case. Drowning is defined as trouble breathing after you get water in your airways—this often happens while swimming or bathing, but it can occur in other ways as... Read more »

Exercises to Help with Osteoarthritis

In the past, rest and immobilization were deemed the best treatment approach for people with arthritis and osteoarthritis.Today, doctors recommend keeping the hips and knees moving to maintain muscle strength around those joints and prevent additional damage, such as fractures. Here’s what you should know about exercising with arthritis, without increasing pain or risking injury.... Read more »

Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that travels through the blood via proteins (called lipoproteins). It’s made by the body to carry out important tasks like hormone production and food digestion. Cholesterol is also found in many common foods. There are different kinds of these lipoproteins, some are referred to as “good” and others as “bad”—bad... Read more »

What You Should Know About Head Lice

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are parasitic insects found on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes. Lice feed on human blood multiple times per day and live near the scalp. Lice are not known to spread other diseases, but they can be an annoyance and require prescription treatment to remove. Here’s a look... Read more »

Understanding and Preventing Heat Stroke

During the hot summer, your risk is increased for heat stroke, a condition characterized by the body overheating to temperatures of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and requires emergency treatment. Untreated heat stroke can lead to brain, heart, kidney and muscle damage that worsens the... Read more »

Pregnancy Weight Gain: What is Healthy?

OBGYN - What to Expect AFTER Expecting Weight gain is expected and highly necessary during pregnancy. While a baby is in the womb, the mother must provide nutrients through additional calorie consumption, which naturally leads to an increase in weight. What are the right amounts of weight gain, and what are some strategies you can take to hit these proper thresholds during... Read more »

How To Safely Lose That Baby Weight

Twins During pregnancy and leading up to delivery, it’s natural and expected for mothers to gain weight as they provide nutrients for the growing baby. When the baby is delivered, however, it becomes time to lose that weight. In most cases, if you were a normal weight and gained the general recommended average of between 25... Read more »