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What is Direct Primary Care Medicine?

What is Direct Primary Care Medicine?

  We have witnessed dramatic changes in our health care system over the last fifty years.  Advances in medical science have extended and improved the quality of our lives.  However, there are aspects of medical care that have suffered.  Despite providers' best...

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Symptoms of Pneumonia

Symptoms of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection in which the air sacs, called alveoli, become inflamed and fill with fluid.  Bronchitis, on the other hand, is much more common and describes inflammation of the air passageways (trachea and bronchial tubes) going down to the lungs....

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Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis

An actinic keratosis is a flaky patch of sun damaged skin that occurs most frequently on the face, neck, scalp, arms and hands.  The nose, ears and lips are most commonly involved sites on the face.  The flaking is easily rubbed off, but usually comes back, generally...

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Torus Fracture

Torus Fracture

A common childhood injury after a fall is a radial fracture.  Also known as a torus, greenstick, or buckle fracture, this break occurs when a child reaches out with his hand to cushion a fall.  Since a child's bones are still relatively soft when compared to an adult,...

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White Coat Hypertension

White Coat Hypertension

"My blood pressure is only high when I am at the doctor's office."  This comment is a frequently heard in health care settings, and is clinically known as white coat hypertension.  We used to think that this finding was benign, but a recent study published in the New...

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Addiction

Addiction

It is a common misconception that drugs and alcohol are the only offending substances to cause addictions. Many of us battle something during our lifetime that can become an unhealthy preoccupation, whether it be with drugs, money, pornography, food, gambling,...

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Common Symptoms of Depression

Common Symptoms of Depression

Generalizations are risky at best, but a common way of thinking, and are often applied to the symptoms of depression.  A person with depression isn't always extremely tearful or outwardly suicidal.  There are a vast number of other findings that can indicate the...

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The Good News about Anxiety

The Good News about Anxiety

Panic Attack In through the nostrils Out through the mouth Breathe breathe breathe Shake your hands You can beat this Pounding pounding pounding In your chest. Don’t keep looking out the window Its too tempting and besides- You are on the fourth floor. Okay, if you...

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Common Supplement-Drug Interactions

Common Supplement-Drug Interactions

Natural supplements can be beneficial to one's health.  More than 50% of people with chronic medical conditions take natural remedies, with a large majority also taking one or more prescription medications.  While most supplement-drug combinations are generally...

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