fall prevention

Finding balance—What to know about fall prevention

Posted on October 6, 2017

When we’re younger, falling down is seen as a natural part of development. When we’re a little older, falls might be seen as funny. But for seniors, falls are no laughing matter. As we age, falls become more likely, for a number of reasons. During the aging process, we typically lose some balance and mobility, … »

dry skin

Winter & your skin

Posted on January 13, 2017

Baby, it’s cold outside. And with the colder temperatures brings a unique set of challenges for our skin. Whether you usually have oily, dry or combination skin, you likely find that winter makes your skin drier than usual. While dry skin typically brings a feeling of tightness, you may also experience flaking, cracking and even … »

Ask an Expert: Heart attacks in women

Posted on November 25, 2015

Q: Is it true that many women have heart attacks without having chest pain? A: Most of us associate chest pain with heart attacks, but recent studies show that women may experience different heart attack symptoms than men. In one study, researchers found 43 percent of the women didn’t experience any type of chest discomfort … »

Ask an Expert: When should my child switch to an adult medical practitioner?

Posted on September 9, 2015

Q: At what point should I switch my child from a pediatrician to a physician who specializes in treating adults? A: This is a question frequently asked by parents of older teens. The right time to transition your child to a family medicine or internal medicine physician depends on several factors. First, check with your … »

Ask an Expert: Childhood blood pressure on the rise

Posted on July 16, 2015

Q: Our pediatrician took my son’s blood pressure during our last office visit. Why is it necessary to measure the blood pressure of a four-year-old? A: All children over age 3 should have their blood pressure measured routinely with a blood pressure cuff that is an appropriate size for the child’s upper arm. Regular monitoring … »

Ask an Expert: Leaves of three, let them be

Posted on July 8, 2015

Q: How can I help my child find relief from a poison ivy rash? A: As your children head into the great outdoors this summer, remind them of the simple rhyme, “Leaves of three, let them be.” Poison ivy consists of shiny clusters of three leaves, typically found in shrubs, vines, and trees. Sometimes the … »

Ask an Expert: When should I have my first mammogram?

Posted on July 1, 2015

Q: When should I have my first mammogram? I’m 36 years old without a family history of breast cancer. A: All women, regardless of family history, should have a baseline mammogram between age 35 and 40 and annual mammograms after 40. Over 85 percent of women with breast cancer do not have a family history … »

The right way to reduce your child’s fever

Posted on May 28, 2015

Help your child cope with a fever. Many parents panic when their children have fevers. That’s not always necessary. In fact, a fever can help your child’s body fight off an infection. But when a fever rises high enough that your child is uncomfortable or dehydrated, there are quick and easy ways to lower it … »

Making the most of your doctor visits

Posted on May 21, 2015

Adjust your mindset. When visiting a doctor, patients tend to adopt the mindset that their fates are solely in the hands of the professionals. This leads some to show up, say a few words, and leave without getting a complete grasp of their health situations. As a patient, it is important to remember these two … »

The most important health facts every woman should know

Posted on May 15, 2015

In celebration of the 16th annual National Women’s Health Week, May 10-16, we’re taking a closer look the health facts that all women need to know now.

Ask an Expert: Are Pain Relievers Bad for You?

Posted on May 6, 2015

Are pain relievers actually bad for you? There are a lot of conflicting claims about them in the media.