7 Things You Need To Know About Hepatitis Right Now

Posted by CarePoint Health on May 26, 2017 10:15:47 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated the month of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month—and May 19 as Hepatitis Testing Day. The goal of setting aside the entire month of May is to educate people on what the CDC considers a hidden epidemic and encourage them to get tested.

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Topics: Hepatitis

Less is more: MAKOplasty minimally invasive knee surgery

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 27, 2017 12:26:58 PM

So maybe you’ve got a chronic knee problem and it’s time to do something to stop the pain and be active again. If you don’t like the thought of a surgeon sawing off your knee joint and cutting through muscle and tendons (aka traditional open surgery for a total knee replacement) then odds are you’re looking into minimally invasive knee surgery (MIS) options. If the approach is right for you, there can be distinct benefits—particularly if you’re a candidate for partial knee replacement using the latest robotic procedures.

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Topics: Robotics

Why robotic surgery is really superhuman surgery. Is it right for you?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Apr 4, 2017 1:51:37 PM

Imagine you are facing major surgery, and you have two options. You can choose to have a surgery done using the traditional open method, which may require a large incision to be made. Or you could choose a robotic surgery. Considered the most innovative form of minimally invasive surgery now available, it promises smaller incisions, less noticeable scars, less pain and a quicker recovery. But here’s the rub: you have to let a robot do your surgery, right? Not exactly.

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Topics: Robotics

GI Health: Innovative pill camera for digestive tests

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 22, 2017 1:40:29 PM

What if you could swallow a pill that would pass through your small intestine and capture video that your doctor could then use to diagnose all kinds of gastrointestinal problems? It’s possible and gastroenterologists at CarePoint Health like Geethan Sivananthan, MD, are doing it. 

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Topics: Gastrointestinal

GI Health: When to see a gastroenterologist

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 22, 2017 1:01:08 PM

What do you think of when you hear the word gastroenterologist? If it’s colonoscopies you are only partially correct. They do specialize in colon health and during colon cancer awareness month they are keenly focused on getting the word out about colonoscopies and preventing the number two cause of cancer death—colon cancer.

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, GERD

Are You Putting Off Scheduling Your Colonoscopy?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 22, 2017 12:30:23 PM

Have you thought about delaying or even skipping having a screening colonoscopy? Does the preparation the night before—or the test itself—seem overwhelming? You are not alone. Gastroenterologist Jeevan Vinod explains that many times our fear of the procedure is driven by not being able to see the whole picture

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Topics: Gastrointestinal, Colon health

10 things Gen-X and Millennials need to know about colorectal cancer

Posted by CarePoint Health on Mar 16, 2017 11:55:58 AM

Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) has been something many people didn’t normally think about until their 50th birthday—when it was recommended that they have their first colonoscopy. However, a new study led by the American Cancer Society and published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising in young and middle-aged adults. At the same time, rates of colon cancer are declining for adults 55 and older. 

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Topics: Gastrointestinal

911 for your heart: don’t ignore the signs

Posted by CarePoint Health on Feb 20, 2017 9:59:09 AM

How do you know if it’s a heart emergency? Consider the most common signs of cardiovascular danger. Certain symptoms like chest pain are well known; others not so much. When it comes to heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest, being aware of the warnings—so you can respond in time—can make a life-saving difference.

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Topics: Heart health, Heart stroke, Heart attack, Heart failure

How well do you know your heart?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Feb 14, 2017 4:06:53 PM

What’s your risk for heart disease and stroke? To find out, experts recommend three things. Get  a doctor’s assessment of your current health status. Talk about your health history and habits to better assess your risks. And start taking smarter steps—even if they’re small—for a healthier future, right now.

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Topics: Heart health

The right way to talk about weight with girls

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

There’s no question that weight is a sensitive issue for nearly everyone. Whether someone is too thin or too heavy, other people’s words about body weight can have a lasting impact on an individual.

Young girls, especially, are susceptible to being hurt or embarrassed by the wrong type of comment about their weight. Because of societal pressures to look a certain way, many girls as young as age 9 feel pressure to be “beautiful” or “thin.”

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Children's Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center