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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 20, 2018
Here are five reasons why a nurse practitioner (NP) can make your life a lot easier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 12, 2018
If you’re a woman suffering from chronic pain, you may not be getting the treatment you deserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.