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

Why you should ditch the energy drinks for good

Posted by CarePoint Health on Jan 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

With so many people dealing with packed schedules, demanding jobs, and not enough sleep, it's no wonder the sales of energy drinks have soared in recent years. For people who don’t want to get their kick with coffee, the appeal of a soda-like energy drink is often more palatable — but are they a good substitute for a cup of joe?

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Primary care, Alcohol

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

7 ways to avoid dangerous drug interactions

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 31, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people end up in the emergency room due to adverse drug reactions. Many of them are caused by taking two or more medications that don’t interact well with one another. Others involve a reaction between a food and a medication or an overdose.

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Topics: Health, Primary care, Alcohol

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

9 signs you need to head to the ER

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 24, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The emergency department is no one’s idea of a fun destination. But sometimes, it’s a life-saving necessity.

Knowing the difference between an emergency room visit and a call to the doctor can save a life. So when is it time to head to the ER? If you witness one or more of the following problems, seek emergency medical help immediately:

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Topics: Primary care, Emergency

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