• Comparing 2 Types of Weight Loss Surgery

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    There are different types of weight loss surgery available to help people with severe medical needs. Before talking to your doctor, learn just a little more on your own about your weight loss surgery options.

    Gastric Sleeve Surgery

    What is gastric sleeve surgery?
    This type of surgery makes the stomach smaller to help the patient lose weight. The surgeon makes a large incision in the abdomen and removes half of your stomach, leaving a thin vertical sleeve that is roughly the size of a banana. Your stomach is then stapled shut.

    Who is eligible for gastric sleeve surgery?
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  • Is Your Excessive Sweating Keeping You from Achieving Your Goals?

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    Sometimes it is easier to hide.
    On the first day of summer when all of your friends are out skiing at the lake, you can hide it.
    At the outdoor concert when everyone has been baking in the sun for hours while they wait for the top band to come on stage, you can hide it.
    After finishing the three mile long bike ride that takes you through scenic trails and wooden bridges, you can hide it.
    During the move out of your college dorm when the air conditioners are completely ineffective, you can hide it.
    Other times, it is impossible to hide.
    As the entire room sits silently in the 300-person lecture hall taking the last exam of the semester, you cannot hide it.
    When the whole sorority is gathered together in an air conditioned section of the Continue Reading

  • It’s a Family Affair How Families Can Work Together to Improve Their Family Health Care Practices

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    There are many things that ironic about life in America. For example, many American citizens are wary of immigrants and would prefer stricter immigration legislation, yet the country of the United States itself was founded by immigrants who stole land from a population of indigenous that had been living here for thousands of years.

    Similarly, the United States is often considered one — if not the — most powerful country in the world with access to the best education, the best infrastructure, the best agricultural, the best environmental practices, the best liberties for citizens, the best government, the best military, the best economy, the best manufacturing facilities and — get this — the best healthcare, yet ironically, the United States also has the highest incidences of childhood obesity, hig Continue Reading

  • What Urgent Care Clinics Are and When You Should Use Them

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    Your primary care physician is the heart of your medical team. He or she is meant to be your first point of contact when something ails you. The trouble is, sometimes those ailments arise when your primary care physician isn’t available. With growing demand for their services, primary care physicians are often overbooked and hard to reach. To meet the nation’s growing health care needs, the U.S. will need to add nearly 52,000 primary care physicians by 2025. So should you do if you need medical attention but can’t reach your primary care physician?

    Many opt to visit the Emergency Room, thinking it’s the only other available to them. This can be a costly and time-consuming mode of getting treatment, however. A far better option in non-life-threatening instances is a walk in urgent care clinic. Continue Reading

  • Common ENT Problems Are Treatable and Curable

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    There are a number of ear, nose and throat conditions that can cause problems in children ranging from sleep disorders to speech problems. The good news is that there are treatments for most of these conditions, and children will outgrow some of them.

    One of the most common otolaryngological conditions afflicting children is ear infections. It’s estimated that 83% of children have at least one ear infection by the age of 3, and nearly one in three have had at least three. Ear infections usually are fairly minor and can be cured with antibiotics, but chronic ear problems also can lead to some complications such as hearing loss.

    Among the other common ENT problems is enlarged tonsils. This can be due to tonsillitis or other infections, but some children just have tonsils and sometimes adenoids that are larger Continue Reading

  • Don’t Have a Primary Care Physician? Here Are Some Reasons You Should

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    Do you have a primary care physician? Many American adults do not. As a result a lot of people end up in the emergency room. There are a lot of reasons this is a bad thing. This is one of the most expensive ways you can receive medical care. According to he Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), the average expenses for people who have been to the emergency room more than once were $1,319 in 2009. That same year they also found that the median expenses for these people were $615. The waiting time is long and it is just getting longer. Between 2003 and 2009, the wait time grew by 25%. It went from about 47 minutes to just over 58 minutes. Even if you are admitted to the hospital, you may have to wait in the hallway for an extended period of time while a bed becomes available. In 2008, nearly 80% of Continue Reading

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Sleep Apnea

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    Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly while they sleep. It can be a very complex condition, so here is everything you need to know about this disorder.

    There are two types of sleep apnea:

    1. Obstructive sleep apnea. This is the most common form of the disorder and is caused when a person’s airways are blocked, which happens most commonly in the back of the throat.

    2. Central sleep apnea. This happens when a person’s brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.

    What are some sleep apnea causes?

    1. When your throat and tongue muscles relax more than normal.

    2. You are overweight, thus causing extra fat tissue to line and narrow the windpipe.

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  • Is Bariatric Surgery The Choice For You?

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    Weight loss is a sensitive subject for a number of reasons. Many people feel ashamed by their need to lose weight. They shouldn’t be; by recognizing that you need to lose weight, you’re taking the first step down a road to a healthier you. But the greater issue perhaps — and the reason behind much of that shame — lies in the fact that many find themselves unable to lose weight no matter how hard they try. They work out, they change their lifestyles, and they even change their diets; but it’s just not working. With over two out of three adults in the U.S. being considered overweight or obese, it’s undeniable that diet and exercise doesn’t work for everyone. Some people need a push in the right direction. Others simply can’t lose weight through traditional diet and exercise, even if they try Continue Reading

  • Should I Use Urgent Care, the Emergency Room, or 911?

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    When illness or injury leaves you in need of medical care, it can be hard in the moment to know who to turn to. From your primary care physician to urgent care and emergency room centers or even 911, every medical center fills as unique role in providing care. Understanding how they work together and which symptoms warrant a visit to which medical center, can ensure you get the treatment you need promptly and cost-effectively.

    Primary care physician

    Your primary care physician is always the best person to turn to first when you’re hurt or sick. Since they knows you and your medically history best, they’re the most able to make informed choices on your behalf. Many primary care Continue Reading

  • Are you Ready to Make a Change in Your Life? How Medical Weight Loss Could Benefit You

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    There is a right way to do everything, and that includes making changes in your lifestyle and body image. The decision to change your body and life isn’t one you should take lightly. These kinds of transitions take a lot of time and effort to maintain, and it’s not a one and done kind of deal! So before you turn to fad diets and surgery, here are a few things you should know.

    Rapid weight loss isn’t healthy

    Physicians and nutritionists recommend losing weight at a rate of approximately one pound every week. While that may seem excruciatingly slow, medical weight loss professionals say that losing Continue Reading

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