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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

When bad breath signals a health problem

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 10, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Most people have experienced bad breath at one time or another. Usually, we know it’s from the garlic we ate or perhaps our morning cup of coffee. Once you brush and floss, the problem goes away.

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Topics: Health, Primary care

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

Eat less meat for better health

Posted by CarePoint Health on Dec 1, 2015 11:00:00 AM

When you’re striving to eat a healthy diet, one thing is key: balance. A diet too high in sugar, or too low in protein or carbohydrates, may not be optimal for health. Although protein is an important part of a healthy diet, most Americans are getting too much of it. Specifically, most are eating too much meat and not enough of the highly nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables.

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Topics: Bariatrics, Nutrition, Health, Primary care

5 qualities of people who get sick often

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

No one likes to be sick. Whether it’s a sniffle, an annoying cough, or perhaps something more serious, illness can throw a wrench in anyone’s plans. If you find yourself getting sick frequently, don’t just sit back and let it happen. Think about whether you might be falling victim to the following bad habits that can leave you susceptible to viruses and bacteria:

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

Preventing foodborne illness during the holidays

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

Holiday get-togethers mean fun, friendship, and usually, food. Enjoying festive holiday fare can be enjoyable, but food safety needs to be top of mind so you don’t end up with an unwanted gift — foodborne illness.

Without proper food safety measures, you could fall victim to a miserable bout of vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and fever. People with weakened immune systems, such as the very young, elderly, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions, are also more susceptible to serious complications such as dehydration or hospitalization. Here’s what you should know about food safety, whether you’re cooking or just partaking:

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

Tips for reducing your family’s screen time

Posted by CarePoint Health on Nov 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

You probably know that screen time, whether it be video games, computer, television, or mobile device increases your risk of health problems. People who sit more tend to be more overweight, and develop health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Exercise, on the other hand, has a myriad of benefits not only for your physical health, but your mental health as well. It can help you deal with stress, depression, and can give you more energy.

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Topics: Health, Primary care, Neighborhood health center

Why you need to know your triglycerides

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

You probably already know you need to watch your cholesterol and blood pressure. Both of these factors can increase your risk of heart disease if they get too high. But something that doesn’t get as much attention is your triglycerides — and knowing your level is important. Fortunately, it’s easy to find out what yours are — and there are some great ways to keep them at a healthy level.

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Topics: Nutrition, Health, Heart health, Primary care, Blood pressure, Neighborhood health center, Cholesterol

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