When a suspicious mole or rash affects your body’s largest organ, a skin biopsy can be an important diagnostic tool. It can also be cause for concern, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. Learn more about this procedure and what it entails. What Is a Skin Biopsy? A skin biopsy is essentially the … Continue reading “3 Things to Expect When You Have a Skin Biopsy”

Diabetes is a serious disease. It can be controlled but requires lifestyle changes in order to stay ahead of it. You have to maintain a healthy diet, monitor your blood glucose levels and get regular exercise. People with diabetes are more susceptible to infections, because high blood sugar levels can weaken the immune system. Nerve … Continue reading “Tips to Help Prevent Retinopathy”

Although an abnormal pap smear can cause concern, it does not necessarily mean your doctor has identified cervical cancer. The test results typically indicate cell changes resulting from the papilloma virus (HPV). Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance (ASCUS) Squamous cells are sometimes detected on the surface of the cervix, and these cells may be … Continue reading “What Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Mean?”

When you’re at risk for blood clots, Coumadin can be the most powerful line of defense in your doctor’s arsenal. It can also come with equally powerful side effects. If you’ve been prescribed this medication, also called warfarin, it’s important to know what symptoms indicate an urgent need for medical attention. Potentially Serious Side Effects … Continue reading “Watch for These Coumadin® Reactions”

In our youth, we feel invincible. We may feel invincible as we age, too, but the truth is we are not. Actually, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to our health. An annual wellness visit for seniors may not seem like a big deal, but it should be a high priority. Changes as … Continue reading “Annual Wellness Visit for Seniors Who are Under-served”

As we age, we discover there are certain areas of life that require a little more attention. One of those things is our health. We are more susceptible to colds and broken bones. Not only that but if we don’t watch our nutrition, exercise and diet, we could develop diabetes. According to the American Diabetes … Continue reading “Annual Wellness for Seniors: Preventing Diabetes”

It’s inevitable. Someone is going to get sick, break an arm or be wounded in some way shape or form. You can’t rush to the hospital every time one of these instances pop up (hint: they usually pop up at the worst times, too). Where do you go? Should you go to an emergency room … Continue reading “When to Make an Urgent Care Visit”

Managing your healthy lifestyle means taking proactive measures to help you avoid serious health problems. Your preventive care visit is the time to partner with your doctor to ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to live a healthy life. If you see your physician just once per year, make the visit count and … Continue reading “4 Questions to Bring to a Preventive Care Visit”

Even if you get warts regularly, you might not know exactly what a wart is. A wart is the result of an infection from a form of HPV (Human Papillomavirus), which is common. When the virus gets into the outer layer of the skin, usually through a scratch, it causes rapid growth. This is a … Continue reading “Wart Removal 101”

If you’ve ever had blood drawn or an intravenous injection, you’ve experienced a venipuncture procedure. This is the term used to describe any puncture of the vein in a medical setting and can be performed to remove blood from the body or to add substances like medication, fluids and diagnostic dyes. While this is a … Continue reading “Can Serious Complications Occur from Venipuncture?”

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