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The ABCDEs of Melanoma: How to Know When to Worry

May 16, 2019

Despite the prevalence, most people don’t know what exactly they’re looking for when they self-check for melanoma, and that can be unsettling. Here’s a helpful checklist that you should use as your starting point.

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Four Signs Osteoporosis is Silently Putting Your Health at Risk

May 14, 2019

Osteoporosis is known as a “silent disease” because many people don’t know they have it until they fracture something. But waiting to find out can be dangerous. Make an appointment with your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms.

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The Luke Perry Legacy:  No One Is Too Young for a Stroke

May 09, 2019

Stroke is still the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for one in every 20 deaths, and this year, roughly 800,000 people will suffer a stroke – one every 40 seconds. Here are seven changes that you can make to lower your stroke risk at any age:

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Too Many Women Put their Health Needs Last: National Women’s Health Week is out to Change That

May 08, 2019

Nearly 80 percent of women put their own health needs last, behind children, pets, elders and spouses. This reality is the genesis for National Women’s Health Week – a time devoted to ensuring more women make their own health a priority – which fittingly kicks off on Mother’s Day.

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Teens are Struggling with Mental Health Issues. Here’s How You Can Help.

May 06, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a reminder that as a community we all have a role in the mental health of our family, friends, neighbors and peers. Here are four things you can do to support the young people in your life who may be suffering.

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Can You Recognize the Early Warning Signs of a Stroke?

May 02, 2019

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke. Too often, victims don’t recognize the signs, or wait to see if the symptoms go away before seeking emergency treatment, but this is the wrong approach.

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Exercise Can Boost Minority Health – 10 Reasons to Get Moving!

April 22, 2019

Exercise is part of the cure for minority health disparities. Check out these 10 reasons to get moving today!

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Four Ways Nurse Practitioners Are Standing Up to Racial Health Disparities

April 19, 2019

Racial health disparities have persisted for far too long. Here are 4 ways NPs are fighting back!

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It’s Spring Cleaning Time: Four Steps to Safely Clear Out Your Medicine Cabinet

April 16, 2019

It’s spring cleaning time! Check out these four important steps to safely clear out your medicine cabinet.

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Dispelling Autism Myths. What Parents of Kids on the Spectrum Want the Rest of Us to Know

April 11, 2019

April is Autism Awareness Month, and while it is a very common condition — one in 59 kids in the U.S. is on the spectrum — it is still remarkably misunderstood. Even those who know the basics of autism generally don’t grasp the nuances of the condition until they know someone who is affected, and even then, the range of experiences varies drastically.

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Spring Break Smarts: Six Reasons Your Teen Should Seek Health Care in Paradise

April 03, 2019

It’s Spring Break time, and young adults everywhere are ready to shake off the winter blues with a memorable adventure. What is often a rite of passage for older kids is also a source of despair for parents. As parents load bank accounts with emergency funds and phones with emergency numbers, don’t forget to talk about the seemingly common sense – but not always so obvious – reasons that teens should seek medical help on the road.

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Five Public Health Victories Worth Celebrating

April 02, 2019

Happy National Public Health Week! Check out these five public health victories worth celebrating this April.

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Five Easily Overlooked Signs that Your Kidneys May Be in Trouble

March 19, 2019

Roughly one in 10 adults have undetected kidney damage. Here are five early signs that your kidneys may be in trouble.

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More than Beauty Sleep: Why Being Tired is Bad for Your Health

March 08, 2019

For some people, sleep is what they do with their spare time. For others, sleep disorders keep them awake at night. As many as 60 percent of people have trouble sleeping, and one in three adults is sleep-deprived.

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They Hit Their Head, Now What? How to Tell if it’s a Concussion

February 25, 2019

It’s always cause for concern when someone hits their head, but some concussions require additional attention. Here’s what to look for.

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Five Signs Your Teen May be Struggling with an Eating Disorder

February 22, 2019

Eating disorders affect 30 million people—more than Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and autism combined. Roughly 95 percent are between the ages of 12 and 25, and only 30 percent will seek treatment, in part because their parents have no idea they’re suffering.

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How to Instill Heart-Healthy Habits in Your Kids

February 18, 2019

Most people think a heart-healthy lifestyle is something only adults need to worry about, but good heart health starts when we’re young.

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Is Your Heart Older than You?

February 15, 2019

On your next birthday, add seven candles to your cake to account for your heart age. That’s how much older the average adult heart is compared to its chronical age, thanks to these five things.

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Forget the Chocolates: How to Give the Gift of Heart Health this Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2019

February is the month to celebrate the people we love. It’s also the month to celebrate heart health.

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You’re Feeling Lousy: How to Tell if it’s the Flu?

February 08, 2019

Flu season is in full swing, and even though it’s shaping up to be milder than last year, it’s still widespread, and nine states are experiencing high flu activity.

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Deadlier than Car Accidents: What Parents Need to Know About Opioids

February 04, 2019

The opioid epidemic has been escalating for a while now, and more and more parents are finding themselves in the middle of an unexpected crisis.

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Do These Five Things to Dramatically Improve Your Cardiovascular Health

February 01, 2019

Cardiovascular disease claims more than 830,000 lives each year, accounting for one out of every three deaths in the U.S. Every 38 seconds, someone dies from cardiovascular disease, and today, 92 million people are living with some form of it.

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Why You (And Your Cervix) Need a Checkup This Year

January 18, 2019

Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. In the 1950s, the groundbreaking Pap test finally provided a simple, game-changing screen that could detect precancerous cervical cells long before they develop into cancer.

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10 Things You Should Know About Your Thyroid

January 18, 2019

Roughly 20 million people have thyroid problems, and more than half have no idea. Here are 10 things you should know.

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New Year, Clean Slate: Six Appointments to Make in 2019 

January 16, 2019

Managing your own health can be daunting and sometimes downright confusing. Even people who are diligent about preventative care often feel they aren’t doing enough or aren’t doing the right things.

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Tired of Failed Resolutions? Try These 5 Things Instead

January 01, 2019

New Year’s resolutions are great in theory, but usually aren’t very effective. By February, eight out of 10 people who embraced the idea of change just a few short weeks before abandon it altogether.

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10 Holiday Chores that Count as Exercise

December 22, 2018

New tweaks to exercise guidelines are making it easier for Americans to cross “workout” off their to-do list, all in time for the holidays. While the guidelines still say to shoot for 150 minutes of rigorous physical activity a week, you no longer need to sweat in chunks of 10 minutes or more to reach your goal.

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How to Make Your Holiday Gift List, and Check It Twice … for Safety

December 20, 2018

Buying gifts for the wide-eyed wonders in our lives isn’t as easy as you might think. Toys come in all shapes and sizes, but some are a lot safer (and more appropriate) than others.

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Three Get-Healthy Resolutions that Don’t Involve a Scale

December 17, 2018

Everyone has bad habits, and many are contemplating which to break after the ball drops. There are of course the popular no-brainers — exercise more, eat better — but there are many others that are just as important. Here are three resolutions people frequently overlook.

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Expert Tips to Alleviate Holiday Anxiety

December 15, 2018

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. They can also be the most stressful. If your plans are creating anxiety, it’s time to reassess. Nearly a quarter of Americans experience “extreme stress” during the holidays, so much so that nearly half would prefer to skip them altogether.

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Finally, Exercise Guidelines for the Gym-Averse

December 12, 2018

New exercise guidelines are chipping away at the animosity most Americans feel towards exercise. For decades, experts have argued that 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise — broken into sweat-inducing stretches that keep your heart rate up for at least 10 minutes (and ideally more) — is the key to good health

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The Truth About Flu Shots: Why They Work, and Why They Matter

December 07, 2018

Most people don’t think of getting a flu shot as part of their civic duty. If history repeats, less than half the people eligible for a flu shot this year will get one, largely because they just don’t see the point

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Are You Playing Diabetes Roulette?

November 27, 2018

More than 100 million Americans are affected by diabetes, and an astounding number have no idea. Only one in four people with full blown diabetes are aware of their condition, and only one in 10 with prediabetes know they’re heading down a dangerous path.

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You Don’t Have to be a Smoker to Get Lung Cancer

November 26, 2018

This year, more than 230,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, bringing the number of people living with the disease to over half a million.

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Six Facts About the Most Common, Most Commonly Misunderstood Cancer

November 14, 2018

More than half a million people have lung cancer today, but ironically, most people don’t know a lot about it. Here are six facts you should know about the most common cancer in the world.

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Beyond a Cure: Four Ways an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Can Help Patients

November 12, 2018

We all forget things from time to time. For some, more progressive forms of dementia set in and their cognitive function decreases over time. Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for upwards of 80 percent of all dementia cases, and there is no known cure.

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Five Reasons Men are Living Sicker and Dying Younger—And What You Can Do About It

November 09, 2018

If the battle of the sexes was based on health alone, women would have the edge. In general, men live sicker and die younger, thanks to the culmination of several factors.

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10 Subtle Signs You May Be Battling Pancreatic Cancer

November 08, 2018

Pancreatic cancer is rare, complicated and deadly. Symptoms for pancreatic cancer are easy to overlook, but flagging suspicions could save your life.

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Worried About Your High Blood Sugar? Do These Four Things to Prevent Diabetes

November 04, 2018

Diabetes doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. In fact, most people with diabetes start out with prediabetes, when their blood is higher than normal, but not high enough to have diabetes.

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Shattering Stigmas: What Women Need to Know About Lung Cancer

November 02, 2018

In the last 40 years, the rate of lung cancer has dropped 35 percent for men, while rising nearly 90 percent for women. Once thought of as a male smoker’s disease, lung cancer is shattering stigmas.

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Halloween Safety 101: How to Make Traditions Kid-Friendly

October 25, 2018

Halloween is right around the corner, and families are gearing up. Last year, more than 40 million trick-or-treaters hit the streets for some ghoulish fun, and this year will be no different.

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Snack Time Anxiety: Understanding Food Allergies in Your Child’s Class

October 24, 2018

Almost 6 million children have food allergies. That’s one in 13 kids, or roughly two in every classroom navigating snack time, birthday treats and lunchroom chaos that involves more than a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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We Need More than Breast Cancer Awareness:How to Use What You Know to Save Your Life

October 15, 2018

It’s been 25 years since the first pink ribbons appeared to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In that time, we’ve seen a reduction in breast cancer for women over the age of 50 and a decline in overall death rates, thanks in large part to better screening and early detection.

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Seven Surprising Facts About Breast Cancer

October 12, 2018

Breast cancer awareness has a lot of people seeing pink this month, with good reason. More than 250,000 women will be diagnosed this year, and most of us will know someone personally affected. Even though breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, here are seven surprising facts that you may not realize

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Are You Practicing Good Lung Health? Five Tips to Breathe Easier

October 09, 2018

Right now, one in seven older adults suffers from some sort of lung disease, whether it’s chronic bronchitis or emphysema (which make up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD), asthma or occupational lung diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma.

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It’s Not All in Your Genes: Five Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

October 08, 2018

Many women spend much of their adult lives staring down breast cancer. The stats are alarming: one in eight will be diagnosed, and every year 260,000 women join the survivor ranks to live a life forever altered by cancer.

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Is Your Health IQ Your Biggest Barrier to Better Health?

October 04, 2018

Not understanding your own health needs may be the biggest barrier you face to better health. Providers are becoming increasingly aware of this phenomenon, and nurse practitioners (NPs) are on a mission to change it

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Health Education Saves Lives

October 03, 2018

The best way to survive disease is to prevent it before it starts, but many people find it daunting to take on this responsibility. While just being alive means everyone has an inherent risk of getting sick, seven out of 10 deaths are due to largely preventable chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

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Four Facts Every Woman Should Know About Ovarian Cancer

September 18, 2018

This year, more than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. While statistically far less common than breast cancer, ovarian cancer can be deadly.

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It’s Not all in Your Head: Ways Chronic Pain Can Change Your Life

September 17, 2018

Chronic pain is the most popular reason people see their NP or other provider. It’s also the leading cause of long-term disability.

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Four Easy Steps to Help Your Child Fight Obesity

September 14, 2018

A quick glance around the playground confirms that childhood obesity is a problem. Despite rumors that child obesity rates are declining, new research points to the opposite. Since the 1970s, obesity rates have more than tripled, and today one in five kids struggles with their weight.

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Five Things People with Chronic Pain Wish the Rest of Us Understood

September 14, 2018

Chronic pain is the most common – and most commonly misunderstood – of all health conditions. There are more people living with chronic pain than with diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, yet people living with chronic pain tend to feel isolated, judged and even shamed for their condition.

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Five Ways to Fight Obesity as a Family

September 11, 2018

The weight struggle in the U.S. is real, and it starts early. One in five kids heading back to school this September is obese, and one in three are overweight. Most kids come by their extra pounds honestly. Less than three percent of Americans meet the qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle,” which includes regular exercise, eating healthy, a low body fat percentage and not smoking.

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Signs Your Child’s Obesity is Doing More Damage than You Think

September 10, 2018

Most parents know obesity isn’t healthy and can lead to heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, but many overlook the severity of the more peripheral consequences that come with being overweight as a kid.

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Why You Should Celebrate Labor Day by Taking a Break from Work

August 28, 2018

Labor Day was invented because workers felt they were spending too much time working. Sound familiar? Today most people associate Labor Day with last day of summer barbeques, but many see it as a bonus holiday instead of a gentle yearly reminder to take a break from work.

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Why Your Child’s Blank Medical Form is Really a Cry for a Primary Care Provider

August 27, 2018

Many parents are in the throes of the mad back-to-school dash, and the scramble to get all the necessary supplies and forms is real.

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Vaccine Exemptions Threaten Kids Heading Back to School. Here’s What Parents Need to Know.

August 21, 2018

A rise in non-medical vaccine exemptions has created hotspots in the U.S. where the risk of contracting diseases like measles is growing, but pediatric and family nurse practitioners (PNPs and FNPs) are out to change that.

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Back to School Means Back to Worrying

August 21, 2018

Back to School Means Back to Worrying: Tips to Help Parents Manage the 5 Biggest Health Concerns for their Kids. If you’re already bracing for the demands that come with school, a little advance prep can help. Here are easy fixes to the five biggest health concerns that keep parents up at night.

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First Day Jitters: How to Help Your Child Cope with Back to School Anxiety

August 20, 2018

Most kids have mixed emotions about the first day of school. It’s exciting to start a new year, but fear of the unknown – teachers, classmates, routines – leaves many kids grappling with anxiety. Here are five ways to help your little one cope when nerves are keeping them up at night.

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How a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care Provider Can Save You a Lot of Headache this School Year

August 20, 2018

Here are five reasons why a nurse practitioner (NP) can make your life a lot easier.

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Why Picking the Right Primary Care Provider Matters

July 23, 2018

Picking the right primary care provider (PCP) can be difficult, but it’s one of the most important health care decisions you can make. Patients who receive personalized care tend to make healthier life choices, focus more on prevention and detect health problems earlier.

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Mental Health Stigmas are Hurting Minorities Most

July 23, 2018

A sad spike in recent high-profile suicides has made mental health part of our everyday conversation, but this is a crisis that has been escalating for decades. Although largely seen as a “white problem,” mental health struggles disproportionately affect minorities, and many who suffer don’t get the treatment they need.

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Missing the Bullseye, 8 Hidden Signs You Have Lyme Disease

June 20, 2018

Summer is the season to head outdoors, but the looming threat of tick bites has many uneasy about a hike in the woods, with good reason.

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Seven Bad Health Habits Men Should Break Because We’re Not as Healthy as We Think We Are

June 19, 2018

Americans have a disease – but not the kind you can diagnose. Across the board, we think we’re a lot healthier than we are, which is ironically making us more unhealthy.

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Finding the Right Provider Can Improve Your Child’s Autism Prognosis

June 16, 2018

Autism is a major concern for parents today. Roughly one out of every 68 children has autism. Despite being one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S., parents still can have a hard time finding the care their family needs.

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Nurse Practitioners Must Play Key Role in Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

June 15, 2018

America’s opioid abuse problem is now worse than ever. This has prompted Members of Congress to again roll up their sleeves to continue to build on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which passed with bipartisan support in 2016.

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Sick and Tired of Being Misunderstood – How to Fight Back Against Chronic Pain

June 14, 2018

More than 100 million adults experience chronic pain – nearly one third of all Americans. Chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

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On a Sugar High? Diabetes Rates Are on the Rise for African Americans

June 13, 2018

So often I hear from patients that they are tired of getting the same prescriptions to ward off any number of chronic conditions affecting Americans today. While it may sound like a broken record, don’t tune it out.

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Ladies, the Chronic Pain Struggle is Real, Here’s How to Fight Back

June 12, 2018

If you’re a woman suffering from chronic pain, you may not be getting the treatment you deserve.

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Health: Student Athletes’ Most Important Equipment

June 11, 2018

While health is important for everyone, it’s doubly important for student athletes who have to be in top shape to represent their school and, in some cases, to maintain their scholarships.

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A Quick Guide to Autism for Worried Parents

June 08, 2018

Here’s a cheat sheet to the basic age appropriate questions that trigger autism red flags. If you answer “no” to any of the following, or your instincts tell you something is off, make an appointment with a provider to have your child formally evaluated.

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Four Ways African Americans Can Defy the Troublesome Health Disparity

June 07, 2018

For many African Americans, the risk factors that go on to cause major health problems are undetected for too long, and that leads to trouble. Because successful treatment often starts with early discovery, missing warning signs dramatically decreases the chances of a healthy outcome. For African Americans, this is happening more than it should.

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Ask a Nurse Practitioner: Dr. Joyce Knestrick

June 06, 2018

While generally considered an enjoyable and enlightening few years, college can be a stressful time for both students and for parents as students take their health into their own hands. Fortunately, Dr. Joyce Knestrick has some insight for students and experience for parents sending their kids off to college.

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Six Steps to Relieve Your Overworked and Underappreciated Kidneys

June 05, 2018

When asked to rattle off the most important organs in the human body, many people overlook the kidneys. These organs are vital to your health, and what you don’t know about their function and more specifically how to take care of them, can lead to significant health problems.

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Five Easy Tips to Help the Sleep Deprived Get Some Shut Eye

June 04, 2018

If you’re feeling sleep deprived, join the club. One out of every three adults doesn’t get the minimum of seven hours of sleep on a regular basis, and every day, roughly 84 million groggy Americans attempt to sleep walk through their daily routines.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: What it Means for African American Women

May 28, 2018

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer among women in the U.S. Unfortunately, there are racial disparities that result in a higher mortality rate.

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5 Reasons Women Should Pay More Attention to their Stroke Risk

May 23, 2018

About 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and 55,000 more of them will be women. While breast cancer feels like the most looming threat for many women, stroke kills twice as many as breast cancer.

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Five Reasons a Nurse Practitioner May be Your Ideal Pediatric Primary Care Provider

May 18, 2018

When you have children, choosing the right pediatric provider can feel overwhelming. Obviously keeping your kids healthy is a huge priority for new parents, but finding the right provider and the right practice for your family can be more complicated than many people anticipate.

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Are Breast Cancer Myths Putting You at Risk?

May 15, 2018

This year, more than 250,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease, and even with the abundance of information out there, common misperceptions will still lead women at risk astray. Here are six dangerous myths I hear from patients too often, along with some fast facts to help you keep breast cancer in check.

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Do These 5 Things to Help African American Moms Live Healthier

May 11, 2018

In many ways, moms are the foundation of our communities, serving as beacons of strength and perseverance. When it comes to health, however, these same women tend to put their own needs last, and that presents a real problem for the rest of us.