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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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7 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.