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

Signs you may have IBS

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

When your stomach doesn’t feel right, it can really throw a wrench in your plans. Sometimes you may eat a food that doesn’t agree with you, or you occasionally catch a stomach virus. Fortunately, these episodes are short-lived, and most people recover quickly.

When you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), however, you experience digestive problems regularly. But because there’s no standard test for this all-too-common condition, many people struggle with it for years before getting a diagnosis.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, IBS, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Do you have an underactive thyroid?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Inside your neck is a tiny gland that has a major effect on nearly every system in your body. It’s your thyroid, and when it’s working correctly, you feel fine. But if something goes wrong, you can experience a wide array of problems. When it doesn’t release enough of its special hormones, you may develop an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism.

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center, Thyroid health

5 signs of a great PCP

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

A primary care physician (PCP) plays an important role in your overall health. You see your PCP when you’re sick, and you should also be seeing him or her regularly for well checks and screenings. Your relationship with your PCP can impact your overall health care experience, so make sure you choose carefully.

Different people prefer different personalities in their PCP, and that’s to be expected. But no matter your personal preference, there are some qualities to look for to ensure you’re getting thorough, quality care.

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Topics: Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

8 tips to help you find success in your New Year’s resolutions

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 24, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Each year, we make promises to ourselves to do better, go for that promotion, and more often than not, lose weight. It’s the customary time of the year to make a goal and try to stick with it for the entire year. However, we often fall off the race horse before we develop a good stride, and our health suffers because of it. Instead of making resolutions you won’t keep this New Year, use these tips from ShapeFit.com to find success in reaching your goals.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Exercise, Nutrition, Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Homeopathy — does it work?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Homeopathic products are readily available today in health food stores and even neighborhood drugstores. But are they safe to use — and do they work?

What is homeopathy?

Although many people lump homeopathy and herbs into one category, their qualities and forms of action are quite different. Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine, but unlike herbs, homeopathic remedies can be made from various substances from plants, minerals, or even animals. They are typically very diluted, and often come in the form of a sugar pill or liquid tincture.

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Is it really a sinus infection?

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 17, 2015 11:00:00 AM

It’s the prime time of year for colds, which often lead to nasal congestion, coughing, and other symptoms that can be miserable. And although a cold can make life difficult for a few days, they usually clear on their own with no ill effects.

Sometimes, however, a cold leads to an infection of the sinuses known as sinusitis. How do you know if it’s just a cold -- or if it has progressed to something worse?

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Topics: Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Feeling dizzy? Find out why

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

We all know the feeling of getting dizzy after spinning around or riding a carnival ride. Typically the feeling lasts only a moment before you get your balance again.

Imagine living with this feeling on a regular basis, when you were trying to work or do daily activities. This dizziness, known as vertigo, can be frightening, can interfere with quality of life, and can even be dangerous if it results in falls or injuries.

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Topics: Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

E. coli — how to protect yourself

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 8, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Many people have heard the term E.coli in the news when an outbreak occurs. But the truth is, we are surrounded by E. Coli in our environment — and many of these bacteria don’t make us sick at all. A problem arises when certain types of E. coli infect people through contaminated water, food, or contact with infected people or animals.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

How to create an advance directive

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

It’s a topic most people don’t care to think about -- end of life care. But if you were in a situation where you couldn’t speak for yourself, wouldn’t you want others to know your wishes? This is where an advance directive comes in.

So what is an advance directive? It’s a legal document that can state what kind of care you want — or don’t want — if you are unable to communicate. You can also use it to identify a person whom you trust to make healthcare decisions for you. These are two different approaches, so let’s discuss how they both work.

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Topics: Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center