Health Matters

Four Myths About Palliative Care

Posted by Jennifer Robinson, BSN, RN on Mar 12, 2018 8:13:00 AM

Palliative care is a new word for many of our patients, and it's also a relatively new medical specialty. But what are the specifics of palliative care? Let's debunk four myths about this enigmatic discipline.

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Topics: Health Care 101

How The Movies Miss the Mark on Heart Attacks

Posted by Dr. Ronald McKechnie on Feb 26, 2018 7:18:00 AM

A grey-haired man falls to his knees, grabbing his chest in pain. That's what the script calls for, but the reality can be very different.

Movies often depict the traditional warning signs of a heart attack as major chest pressure or pain. But the signs of a heart attack can vary, and so too can the gender or age of the heart patient who has one.

If you experience any of the following symptoms (particularly very suddenly or severely) it is of utmost importance that you seek medical help straight away because you very well could be having a heart attack.

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Topics: Cardiology, Health Care 101

White Foods: Worthy or Worrisome?

Posted by Tracy Yoda, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDE on Jan 30, 2018 8:50:09 AM

Here's what you didn't know about white-colored foods....

This New Year, many of us have resolved to live healthier lifestyles, whether by quitting smoking, exercising more or eating a healthier diet. If you’re looking to change your diet or take on a new health trend, you’re probably unsure about which one is best for you.

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management

Your Yearly Health Plan (Infographic)

Posted by Gini Hoffman on Jan 15, 2018 7:29:00 AM

It’s been a few weeks since you set your goal to improve your health this year, and it is going great – or maybe not so much. Whether or not you’ve made any progress, it's never too late to refocus on your health.

Get started by breaking down your health goals into smaller, more achievable objectives. Set an intention for each month and stick to them. 

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness

What is Hospice Care?

Posted by Jennifer Robinson, BSN, RN on Jan 8, 2018 2:08:05 PM

Hospice is about living with hope and dying with dignity

What is Hospice Care.jpgThe purpose of hospice care is to enhance the quality of life of the terminally ill, and to support the family in caring for and keeping their loved one comfortable in the home. The goal is to support patients who no longer wish to continue curative treatment or when the side effects of curative therapies outweigh potential long-term benefits.

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Topics: Health Care 101

When is Minimally Invasive Surgery Right for Me?

Posted by Dr. Stephen Lin on Nov 20, 2017 7:28:00 AM

Minimally invasive surgery isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s changing the face of medicine. You’ve likely heard of this type of surgery before, but I am often asked to describe what it really means.

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Topics: Health Care 101

What is a Low Dose CT Scan?

Posted by Dr. Lynne Skaryak on Nov 15, 2017 7:15:00 AM

Do You Qualify?

Medicare recently approved the coverage for the lung cancer screening which includes a low-dose CT scan. We are hoping that most other insurance companies follow suit in approving this coverage. To qualify for the screening, you must be 55 to 77 years old and:

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Topics: Women's Health, Health Care 101

The 5 Most Popular Colon Cancer Screenings

Posted by Dr. Bruce Waldholtz on Nov 1, 2017 3:44:32 PM

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common and deadliest forms of cancer in the United States, but it has one uncommon characteristic—its ability to be detected early.

Colonoscopy screening can reduce cancer risk and detect it early, when it is most treatable. It is one of the most effective tools available to prevent cancer deaths. In fact, if caught early, colon cancer has a survival rate of nearly 90 percent. And other, effective colon cancer screenings are also available.

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Topics: Cancer Care, Health Care 101, Digestive Health

Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Posted by Gini Hoffman on Oct 23, 2017 7:18:00 AM

What takes less than 10 minutes, is virtually painless and could potentially save your life? The influenza vaccination. Commonly known as the flu shot, it can prevent you from becoming seriously ill or worse.

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Topics: Family Health 101, Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness

6 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Doctors Appointment

Posted by Dr. Susan Ziglar on Oct 1, 2017 10:00:00 PM


You don’t have to be a doctor to take charge of your health care. Getting the most out of your next medical appointment, and understanding the information provided, can be as easy as following a few guidelines.

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Topics: Health Care 101

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