You and Your Health


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Facts about hypertension

Persistent blood pressure elevation or hypertension affects about one in three, making it the most common chronic disease seen in medical practices. As we age, the incidence increases. Only about 7% of people aged 20 to 54 years of age have hypertension; 54% in people 55 to 64; and 78% for elders 75 years old and older.


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Summer allergies

Now that summer is here, allergy suffers are reacting to agents associated with this season. April showers and May flowers and their associated allergens change over to tree pollen in late spring and then in summer to grasses, weeds and other seasonal challenges.


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Summer tune-up

Our summer has started, and we are experiencing higher outside temperatures and an increased chance of insect bites, sunburns and possible dehydration, heat exhaustion or stroke (hyperthermia). This article will highlight health strategies to prevent these types of summer health problems.

HYPERTHERMIA AND DEHYDRATION


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Screening for colon cancer

Colorectal (colon and rectal) cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed, with prostate and lung cancer in males and breast and lung cancer for women being more common. Annually there are about 135,000 people diagnosed with bowel cancer and 50,000 related deaths.


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Safe use of herbal supplements

The history of the use of medicinal plants goes back to the Paleolithic age, approximately 60,000 years ago. There is a great deal of written history on the use of herbal treatment in Sumerian, ancient Egyptian, and Greek history. Bronze age Chinese documents record a list of over 200 plants with medicinal properties.


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Neck and low-back pain

Experiencing neck or low back pain is a virtually universal experience. Spine pain is a common reason for seeking care and treatment from our primary care physician. This article will describe common conditions causing pain in our neck and back and an overview of treatment.

Mechanical causes for neck and back pain

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