July 31, 2019
Inflammation is the body’s natural first defense to an outside threat. Infections, injuries and toxins trip a signal to increase blood flow and send immune cells to danger, but the response is intended to be temporary. Sometimes the body gets stuck in fight-response and the immune system goes haywire. The good news is lifestyle changes can reduce chronic inflammation. Here’s how:
July 22, 2019
Mental illness is one of the most prevalent health problems in this country. Roughly one in five people will struggle with mental illness, but despite its widespread impact, less than half will receive any treatment or counseling. Even though mental illness is among the leading causes of disability and one of the most expensive ailments plaguing our health care system, there remains a great divide between recognizing mental illness and embracing it as a legitimate and potentially serious medical condition.
July 19, 2019
Mental health is a complicated equation. It’s the product of your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, and it affects how you think, feel and act. Mental health problems are so common they outnumber most other risks for serious health conditions, but the feeling that “it’s not OK to not be OK” causes many to ignore symptoms.
July 18, 2019
Nothing says summer like piling into the family mobile and hitting the open road. This year, 100 million Americans will take a vacation, and nearly half will take a road trip. If you’re planning your next adventure, keep these six important health tips in mind:
July 17, 2019
Millions of Americans are struggling to make sense of difficult and sometimes inexplicable health issues. Increasingly, experts are pointing to inflammation to help answer some of the most pressing health problems – heart disease, Alzheimer’s, sleep apnea, cancer, depression, allergies and other problems can all be linked to an immune system stuck in overdrive.
July 09, 2019
If you’ve ever given birth, you were probably tested for Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a type of bacteria that can be passed from mother to baby during labor and delivery. Group B Strep is the leading cause of meningitis and bloodstream infections in newborns. There are roughly 2,000 cases and 50 fatalities a year, but antibiotics during delivery can prevent mom from passing GBS on to her new baby. Here’s what pregnant women need to know.
July 03, 2019
If you’re African American and struggling with mental health, finding care may not be as easy or straightforward as you might think.
July 02, 2019
Overnight camps can be a great way for kids to boost their confidence, make new friends and explore different boundaries. Whether it’s one week or whole summer, camps teach kids independence and resiliency. Still, sending kids off to camp can be hard for parents who are used to being in charge. Here are five tips to help parents set their kids up for success.
June 22, 2019
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, and it affects nearly 6 million Americans. While the causes of Alzheimer’s are not fully understood, we know there is a genetic component that typically works alongside lifestyle factors. Since we can’t tweak our genes, lifestyle is your best offense in beating Alzheimer’s, and these 3 factors are proving to be the most compelling for your brain:
June 19, 2019
Summer is finally here, and parents everywhere are breaking out the swimsuits and sunscreen. While there’s no better way to beat the heat, pool safety is a major concern this time of year. Before you and your kids take the plunge, here are 6 safety tips to help keep your family safe in the water.
June 14, 2019
Thanks to advances in cancer prevention, detection, treatment and follow-up care, there are 15.5 million cancer survivors living today. But even when cancer is in the rearview mirror, the effects can linger. While friends and family are quick to rally support during treatment, the aftermath of cancer can be just as devastating as the cancer itself
June 14, 2019
We’ve all forgotten a name or misplaced our keys. Fatigue and stress can make even the most put-together person seem out of sorts, but how do know if it’s a momentary lapse or something more serious?
June 11, 2019
Alzheimer’s is something I talk a lot about with patients. Not only is it prevalent – but the incidence is growing, and the lack of both a definitive cause and a cure makes people feel especially uneasy. Unsurprisingly, Americans worry about losing their mental capabilities twice as much as their physical capabilities, which explains why Alzheimer’s is the most feared condition, with cancer trailing behind as a distant second.
June 05, 2019
June is the month to celebrate men’s health. Fittingly, Father’s Day falls right smack in the middle, and families everywhere will pause to celebrate the men in their lives. At the risk of being a complete downer, however, most men need more than a golf outing or a morning to sleep in to get their health back on track.
June 02, 2019
Most people don’t get enough sleep, which results in forgetfulness, an inability to concentrate, irritability and all sort of other unpleasant consequences. But did you know your lack of shut-eye is downright dangerous?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
April 22, 2019
Exercise is part of the cure for minority health disparities. Check out these 10 reasons to get moving today!
April 19, 2019
Racial health disparities have persisted for far too long. Here are 4 ways NPs are fighting back!
April 16, 2019
It’s spring cleaning time! Check out these four important steps to safely clear out your medicine cabinet.
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.
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.
April 02, 2019
Happy National Public Health Week! Check out these five public health victories worth celebrating this April.
March 19, 2019
Roughly one in 10 adults have undetected kidney damage. Here are five early signs that your kidneys may be in trouble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2019
February is the month to celebrate the people we love. It’s also the month to celebrate heart health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 18, 2019
Roughly 20 million people have thyroid problems, and more than half have no idea. Here are 10 things you should know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.