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  • Is There a “Right Way” to Take My Medicine?

    Dr. Ramon O. Parrish, Jr.

    By giving specific, easy-to-understand instructions, I help my patients get the most out of their medicines and avoid problems… I enjoy working with my patients to identify and address the causes of their health problems. For me, it’s one of the most rewarding parts…

  • A close-up of skin held in piercing tool as needle is ready to go in to pierce navel

    Body Piercing

    Piercings should always be done in a clean environment using sterile (clean and germ-free) equipment. This is the best way… Body piercing is when a hole is made in your body so you can add a piece of jewelry for decoration. The earlobe is…

  • Newborn baby under ultraviolet lamp in the incubator, doctor s hand care for a sick new born in the pediatric ICU

    Caring for Your Premature Baby

    A premature baby is one that is born before the 37th week of pregnancy and can require a lot of… The birth of a baby is usually a happy time but can also be stressful. There are many things that can add stress, including if…

  • Portrait of older woman suffering for depression

    Depression in Older Adults

    Depression is a common problem in older adults, but it is not part of the aging process. Learn how to… What is depression? Depression is a medical illness. It affects your mental and physical health. Anyone can have depression, including older adults. In addition…

  • Hands holding beer and a cigarette

    Smoking Cessation in Recovering Alcoholics

    Quitting smoking can be especially difficult for recovering alcoholics. There are a number of methods that your doctor can educate… about deep-breathing, relaxation, and imaging techniques that can help you cope with stress and cravings. Things to consider Smoking is an addiction. It's as likely…

  • Middle-aged woman drinks a glass of water in the living room. Diabetes insipidus is a hormone disorder that causes extreme thirst and increased urination. It can be treated with medication.

    Diabetes Insipidus

    Diabetes insipidus is a hormone disorder that causes extreme thirst and increased urination. There is no cure, but it can… 1 or type 2 diabetes. Diabetes insipidus is a hormone disorder. It occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough antidiuretic hormone (ADH). It can also occur…

  • A mom changes her newborn baby's diaper on baby changing table.

    Preparing for Parenthood: Diaper Changing

    Bringing a new baby home is one of the most exciting times in a parent’s life. It can also be… Bringing a new baby home is one of the most exciting times in a parent’s life. It can also be overwhelming with the abundance of…

  • A mother with postpartum preeclampsia holding a newborn baby in her arms at the hospital

    Postpartum Preeclampsia

    Postpartum preeclampsia is high blood pressure in a woman who has recently had a baby. It is a rare medical… What is postpartum preeclampsia? Postpartum preeclampsia is high blood pressure in a woman who has recently had a baby. It can happen as early…

  • Yellow vitamins forming shape of B12 on wood background

    Vitamin B12

    Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient for your body. It helps keep your nervous system working properly. It also keeps… What is vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient for your body. It helps keep your body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It…

  • From a Family Doctor: Adults Need Vaccines Too

    It’s true that most vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are given to children during routine pediatric visits. But adults need them too because protection from childhood vaccinations may lessen as you age, and you may need additional…

  • woman putting drops in her eye

    Allergic Conjunctivitis

    Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the clear, thin membrane that covers your eyeball becomes swollen and irritated. It can cause itching… What is allergic conjunctivitis? Allergic conjunctivitis is a common cause of “pink eye.” It occurs when the clear, thin, membrane (conjunctiva) that covers your eyeball…

  • woman buying produce at a farmer's market

    Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) | Chronic Kidney Disease and Nutrition

    Following a special diet can help reduce the buildup of waste in your kidneys, reducing stress and slowing the progress… Normal, healthy kidneys remove waste from the blood. If you have chronic kidney disease, your kidneys are not working as well as they should. They…

  • A doctor wearing blue latex gloves

    Latex Allergy

    Natural rubber latex comes from a liquid in tropical rubber trees. The protein in this rubber can cause an allergic… What is a latex allergy? Natural rubber latex comes from a liquid in tropical rubber trees. This liquid is processed to make many of…

  • Nutrition: How to Make Healthier Food Choices

    Making healthier food choices allows you to have more control of your weight and your cholesterol and helps to prevent… A healthy diet has a many benefits, including maintaining your desired weight. It also can lower your cholesterol and prevent certain health conditions. A healthy…

  • Debunking Common COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

    Misinformation on the COVID-19 vaccines is prevalent, and it can be difficult to know what's true and what's not. Here, family physicians bust the most common COVID-19 vaccine myths. Myth 1: You can delay routine vaccinations. Routine childhood and adult…

  • A man does sit ups on a mat on the floor as part of his exercise routine.

    Why Exercise?

    Exercise is powerful medicine. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise prevents health problems, builds strength, boosts… Why exercise? Exercise is powerful medicine. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise prevents health problems, builds strength, boosts energy, and can…

  • Baby sleeping in a position on his father’s arm to help treat colic

    Colic

    Colic is when your baby cries for longer than 3 hours a day at least 3 days per week. It… What is colic? Colic is when an otherwise healthy baby cries or fusses frequently for no clear reason. It’s defined as crying for more than…

  • A woman experiencing strong contractions that are 5 to 10 minutes apart

    How Do I Know I’m in Labor?

    Going into labor can look different for every woman. But there are some common signs… Knowing when you’re in labor can be tricky. Every woman’s labor is different. Even when and how it starts varies. But there are common signs you can look for that…