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  • Woman smiling and eating yogurt with berries

    Nutrition and Mental Health

    Keeping a healthy diet isn’t just good for your body, it might benefit mental health, as well… You probably know that the food you eat affects your body. Many studies have shown the connection between your food choices and your overall health. Eating a nutritious…

  • Doctor examining patient’s ear with otoscope

    Ear Infection

    An ear infection is one of the most common conditions among children. It is caused by a viral or bacterial… infections create pressure in the Eustachian tube that connects the throat to the middle ear. This pressure causes the ear pain. A chronic ear infection can last…

  • Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite… the town of Lyme, Connecticut, were being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers investigated and found that tick bites were causing the illnesses. Lyme disease is carried by black-legged ticks (sometimes called deer ticks)…

  • American soldier in uniform, who suffers from PTSD

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder caused by a traumatic event or series of events… and recovering from traumatic events. You may have acute, or short-term,PTSD that can last for several months. You may have chronic, or long-term, PTSD that can last…

  • Floor scale with tape measure wrapped around apple to illustrate obesity

    Obesity

    Obesity is a complex, and increasingly common disease that is associated with many health risks such as high blood pressure,… or to lose weight. Medicines include: Antihistamines, alpha blockers (given for allergies) Corticosteroids/steroids (given to reduce inflammation or to treat some chronic conditions) Beta blockers,…

  • family doctor stands in front of blurred family in background

    Deciding When to See a Doctor

    It can be hard to know when you should go to the doctor. There are no rules about when to… some general guidelines might help you the next time you’re trying to decide. Path to improved health Below are some common illnesses and problems we…

  • Pneumococcal Vaccines for Seniors

    Pneumococcal vaccines help to prevent pneumonia. Adults 65 and older, for whom pneumonia can be fatal, should get two different… can cause tooth or urinary tract infection (UTI). Older adults are at higher risk for pneumococcal disease. The infection can cause serious illness and even…

  • A woman suffering from stomach pain lays on a couch. Several types of diarrhea medicine are available over-the-counter to help you feel better and ease your symptoms.

    Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea

    Several types of diarrhea medicine are available over-the-counter to help you feel better and ease your symptoms… Diarrhea is when you have frequent, watery bowel movements – three or more loose stools in a day. Many things can cause it, including: Virus Bacteria and parasites…

  • a woman using telemedicine to speak with a doctor

    Telemedicine

    Telemedicine is a way for patients to receive access to medical care without leaving their homes by using technology to… Telemedicine is a way for patients to receive access to medical care without leaving their home or work. A doctor and a patient are…

  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A (Hep A) is liver inflammation caused by the hepatitis A virus. It isn’t typically as serious as hepatitis… What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver. Normally, the liver breaks down waste products in your blood. But when the liver is inflamed, it doesn’t…

  • A 3-D illustration of hepatitis B virus in blood vessel with red blood cells

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by a virus. It is usually spread from person to person through… What is hepatitis? Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver. Normally, the liver breaks down waste products in your blood. But when the liver is inflamed,…

  • Pressure Sores

    Pressure sores are sores on your skin. They’re usually caused by being in a bed or wheelchair nearly all the… What are pressure sores? Pressure sores are sores on your skin. They’re caused by being in a bed or wheelchair nearly all the time…

  • a tick sits on a leaf

    Babesiosis

    Babesiosis is a red blood cell infection caused by a parasite carried by deer ticks. Most infections happen in the… What is babesiosis? Babesiosis is an infection of the red blood cells. It is caused by a single-cell parasite called Babesia. The parasite is carried…

  • Family Doctors Are a Consistent Presence in Challenging Times

    Dr. Christine Khandelwal

    Working as a palliative care doctor has shown me how important a trusted family doctor is when patients face a… I sat trembling, clasping my patient’s frail hand as I held back tears. Patricia (not her real name) told me about being diagnosed with…

  • woman holding throat in pain

    Thyroiditis

    Learn about the types, symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of thyroiditis, a name for several disorders that cause inflammation of… What is thyroiditis? Thyroiditis refers to a group of disorders that cause inflammation of the thyroid. Your thyroid is the gland located in the front of your…

  • The Doctor Will See You In Person Now

    Dr. Cate Buley

    Telemedicine lets you access medical care without leaving your home. But it isn’t the right choice for every visit with… I practice family medicine at a clinic in Alaska. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, my clinic switched to telemedicine visits. Using…

  • Little boy sleeping in his bed suffering from hives

    Hives (Urticaria)

    Hives (urticaria) are bumps or patches on the surface of your skin. They can be red, itchy, and swollen and… What are hives? Hives are a skin condition. They are raised, red bumps on your skin. They can be  itchy. Hives appear on the…

  • teenager talking to a doctor in the doctor’s office

    Preparing Older Children to Make Medical Decisions for Themselves

    Children should be able to participate in their health care, even from a young age. This will help them make… It used to be that children were seen and not heard at the doctor’s office. Parents did all the talking, even when the child was…

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