Do I Need a Patient Advocate?

patient advocate-Vitals

A patient advocate is someone who works for the benefit of patients and their families during medical crises or hospitalization. With so many visits to specialists when a medical problem arises, an advocate can “connect the dots” and speak to all the physicians to make sure everyone is up to date with the patient so nothing falls through ... Read More...

Free health care. For real.

free health care

The old adage that “the best things in life are free” is especially true when it can be applied to the expensive things we really need in life, like health care. Health Insurance Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many states have expanded Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Generous subsidies are also available for those who qualify to ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I get the HPV vaccine?

hpv vaccine

Q. Should I get the HPV vaccine since I am already 26-years-old? Will I be exposed to the virus if I take the vaccine? What are my risks? A. It’s great that you asked this question now. This is the last year that you would be eligible for the human papilloma virus vaccine! The CDC recommends that all women age 26 years and under receive ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Could I have a thyroid problem?

thyroid problem

Q. I've been having a difficult time losing weight. I hear hypothyroidism is on the rise. Should I get tested? A. You are on the right track when you consider this question. While it is predicted that 59 million people in the U.S. suffer from a thyroid problem, most of them are not yet aware of it!  When there is a family history for a ... Read More...

Medical spa vs. Day spa. Do you know the difference?

medical spa vs. day spa

We’ve come to realize that optimal health is a balance of body, mind and spirit. Imbalances whether due to stress, poor diet or medical conditions can throw an entire system out of kilter. Spas can be a great place to regain some balance by decreasing stress, relieving aching muscles, making lifestyle changes, and boosting self-esteem with ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: My kid has the flu

my kid has the flu

Q. My kids may have the flu.  What should I do? A. Yes, it’s that time of year again- the achy, sniffly, congested, fever time that makes our lives miserable is here. The thing is, it’s not just a question of feeling miserable when it comes to a child suffering from the flu. Not only are children easily vulnerable to the quickly ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I bank my cord blood?

should i bank my cord blood

Q:  I'm pregnant. My husband and I are both healthy. Is it worth it to save our cord blood? How could we use it? A. Sure, money is tight and with all the changes to your family associated with this new baby and financial demands, it’s understandable that you would question the value to each purchase. Technology now allows us to obtain ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Do I have frostbite?

do i have frostbite

Q. It has been extremely cold where I live.  Should I be worried about getting frostbite?  What are the symptoms and how can I protect myself from getting it?   A. Unfortunately, with the cold that we have been experiencing lately, frostbite is becoming more common. Both hypothermia and frostbite are due to cold temperatures.  ... Read More...

Ask the Doctor: Relieving Back Pain

relieving back pain

Q. Shoveling the snow has made old back pains return. What can I do to alleviate the pain?   A. Before relying on a strong pain medication, there are many options for you to try. First, try consistent 20- minute applications of ice over the painful parts of your back to decrease the pain and inflammation caused over the course of the ... Read More...

Natural Remedies for Colic

natural remedies for colic

It’s tough to see a baby cry. And that’s why colic is so painful for parents. It can be frustrating – not to mention emotional – to have an inconsolable baby who cries excessively. Doctors tend to diagnose colic if a baby cries for over 3 hours at a time a few times per week. The condition is quite common. One out of every 4-5 babies ... Read More...