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

Cholesterol not great? Here’s how to improve it

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease — the number one killer of Americans. Although there are medications available to help lower bad cholesterol, many Americans still don’t have desirable levels. And because there are no symptoms, you won’t know if yours are good unless you get it checked regularly by your primary care physician.

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Topics: Exercise, Nutrition, Heart health, Primary care, Cholesterol

Reasons for a missed period

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 13, 2016 1:00:00 PM

From confusion to panic, women may have a variety of reactions when their monthly menstrual cycle doesn’t make an appearance. Aside from the obvious reasons of pregnancy or menopause, there are a number of reasons your period may not show up on time — or at all. If you’ve been having regular periods but you suddenly miss one or more, this is known as secondary amenorrhea. Here are the most common causes of this issue:

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Topics: OBGYN, Women's health, Pregnancy, PCOS