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| Posted On May 25, 2017 | By:

Expired Medicines – Are They Safe?

Many of us keep unused medicines in our homes, whether left over from a prescription or purchased over-the-counter for some future need. All medicines will eventually expire –what do you do then?

First let’s step back and take a look at what expiration dates mean.

For over-the-counter medicines, you’ll find an expiration date printed on the packaging by the manufacturer. This date refers to the time beyond which the manufacturer says the medicine should no longer be used.

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| Posted On May 04, 2017 | By:

What Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy? Is It Safe? And Is It Right for Me?

As women age, the natural levels of hormones in their bodies – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, to name a few – decline. In some women, this process can be more dramatic than in others and can result in a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, mood symptoms, poor concentration and low sex drive.

To lessen the more severe symptoms, some women can consider hormone therapy. There has been a great deal of press over the past 10 years about “bioidentical hormone therapy”

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| Posted On May 02, 2017 | By:

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the large intestine that is characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and diarrhea or constipation that has lasted at least 6 months. Women are twice as likely as men to develop IBS and it is more common in people who are in their mid-forties or younger. IBS is chronic disorder, meaning it can last for many years, but it is not a disease. Symptoms may come and go over time,

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| Posted On Apr 26, 2017 | By:

Why Does My Head Hurt?

Almost everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives, but did you know that there are over 150 unique types of headaches? Common though they may be, one headache may definitely not be like another. Different types of headaches are defined by a combination of symptoms, duration, frequency, and triggers, and respond to different kinds of treatment.

Below are a few of the more distinct types of headaches, their causes,

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| Posted On Apr 19, 2017 | By:

White Coat Syndrome or White Coat Logo Syndrome? The Pitfalls of Doctor Shopping by “Brand”

People often get hung up on brand names — many times in situations where branding is of little significance. For example, some people are willing to pay double the price for a wool coat that is exactly the same in terms of material, style, and outward appearance just because there is a small designer label on the lining that nobody sees. In some cases, the brand-name and no-name wool coats are manufactured in the exact same factory.

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| Posted On Apr 06, 2017 | By:

Sunday, April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

According to a national survey done by The Conversation Project in 2013,

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| Posted On Mar 31, 2017 | By:

Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is the common term for the condition “stenosing flexor tenosynovitis.” People who have trigger finger will report that their finger is catching, locking, sticking or snapping in a bent (flexed) position.  Sometimes, people cannot straighten the finger without pushing on it.  Pain can develop in the finger and sometimes in the palm of the hand, and there may be a nodule (bump) present over the finger or palm.

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| Posted On Mar 22, 2017 | By:

Antibiotic Resistance: What is it and How Can We Stop it?

Right now we are facing a public health issue both nationally and globally called antibiotic resistance. Bacteria are everywhere, existing unseen, and while some are completely harmless, some are not. They are usually reduced by drugs called antibiotics that attack a part of their functioning system and either make them ineffective or kill them outright.

However, antibiotic overuse and misuse has led to antibiotic resistance, which is when disease-causing microorganisms cannot be killed by the usual antibiotics that are meant to eliminate them.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2017 | By:

Canker Sores

What is a Canker Sore?

A canker sore is the common term for an aphthous ulcer, a lesion inside the mouth that looks like a shallow, round, white or gray spot, often with some redness around the edge. When there are multiple ulcers, we call them “aphthae.” These lesions are painful and can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or chew. Canker sores are not contagious.

Canker sores usually last up to 2 weeks and heal on their own.

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| Posted On Mar 01, 2017 | By:

Nosebleeds: Minor Irritation or Cause for Concern?

If a nosebleed occurs out of the blue, it can be a pretty scary event. But nosebleeds are pretty common and usually don’t indicate anything too serious.

Our noses contain a great number of small blood vessels that are close to the surface and can bleed easily if aggravated. As such, nosebleeds tend to occur more often during the winter months because the cold winter air and dry indoor heat irritate the nose.

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