Posts Categorized: Family Medicine

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 »

Why Napping Matters

Humans are part of a minority when it comes to sleeping. We are monophasic sleepers, which means we divide our days into two distinct periods: sleep and wakefulness. Over 85 percent of all mammals are polyphasic sleepers, which means they sleep for short periods throughout the day. It’s not entirely clear whether we as humans... Read more »

Teens and Meningitis: What You Should Know

Meningitis is a rare infection that affects the meninges, delicate membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord. It’s possible for anyone to contract it, but while it’s uncommon overall, teens and young adults aged 16 to 23 are at increased risk. There are multiple types of meningitis, and they can range from moderate... Read more »

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 »