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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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4 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.