Vaccine Could Lead to the Disappearance of Shingles

The shingles vaccine not only reduces your shingles risk but also prevents some complications that can cause long-term pain.

More than just an annoying rash, shingles causes nerve pain that can last for weeks, months or even years. Every year, 1 million Americans suffer from the disease, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Luckily, the shingles vaccine offers an effective way to prevent the virus responsible for the painful rash from reactivating.

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How to Detect Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn how to detect breast cancer signs yourself so you can get treatment early.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Are you at risk? How do you know? And what steps should you take to prevent cancer, whether or not you are at higher risk?

Cancer cells multiply faster than healthy cells, so early detection is key. Are you wondering how to detect breast cancer? Read More

New Breakthrough in Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

Type 1 diabetes symptoms may one day be a thing of the past thanks to research breakthroughs, so diabetics can enjoy picnics without bringing insulin.
Over one million North Carolinians have some form of diabetes, and 47,000 more are diagnosed with various diabetes symptoms and prediabetes every year.

While there are preventive methods and treatments available for Type 2 diabetics, the choices for treatment have been slim for those dealing with Type 1 diabetes. That landscape is rapidly changing, though, as new advancements in cell transplantation and research are opening a new avenue for potentially curing Type 1 diabetes. Read More

4 Obesity Risk Factors that Can Impact Weight Related Diseases

Body weight has been a popular topic of discussion for decades. Most recently, the conversation has been increasingly focused on the global problem of obesity.

Considered one of the leading causes of weight related diseases, obesity affects 1.9 billion adults 18 years old and over, and 41 million children under the age of 5.

An understanding of the primary risk factors can help you avoid the impacts of this preventable condition. Read More

Why Adults Should Get the Pneumonia Vaccination

More than 1 million people are hospitalized every year because of pneumonia, and an estimated 5 to 10 million people contract it annually. The illness is painful and for some people life-threatening. It is preventable, which is why the vaccines are offered by primary care physicians across the country as part of their patients’ disease prevention plans.

If you haven’t been getting your pneumonia vaccination and are wondering if you should, here are some reasons to consider.

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Sports Physicals Are More than Filling Out a Form

Staying active is a key component in preventive medicine and helps keep weight gain at
bay. It’s easy to get bored with walking or using a fitness center, so a sports league is a great alternative that’s both social and healthy.

Before you start a group sport, whether it’s a community team or associated with a school, you’re usually required to complete a sports physical. Sports physicals are more than filling out a form. To guarantee that the physical truly checks your physical capabilities and identifies any limitations, the exam should be thorough. Here’s what you can expect:

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How to Minimize Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

It’s that time of the year again. Flowers are blooming and birds are chirping, but you don’t share in the general excitement. In fact, you feel terrible. Your seasonal allergies are kicking in, which means watery eyes, coughing, sniffling and dozens of other annoying symptoms. But before you cloak yourself in black and lock yourself indoors, read on. There are simple strategies to help you get through the dire times ahead.

What Are Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies, also called “hay fever” and “allergic rhinitis,” affect approximately 7 percent of adults and 9 percent of children in the United States. They involve the release of an allergen, usually pollen, that triggers a response by your immune system.

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Prevent and Treat Lyme Disease with These Helpful Tips

Hiking, jogging and walking through parks and trails are favorite pastimes of Triangle residents. With these activities comes the potential to involuntarily pick up some of nature’s pests, including disease-carrying ticks. Here are some tips on how to prevent Lyme disease while enjoying outdoor activities.

Understand the Cause

Lyme disease is one of the most common diseases spread by parasites. Transmitted by infected ticks, the disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is primarily associated with the lone star and blacklegged (or “deer”) ticks in the Southeast. Though Lyme disease is not as widespread in North Carolina as in some areas in the U.S., there are still a number of Lyme disease cases reported here each year.

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Understanding COPD and How to Prevent It

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that progressively makes it harder to breathe.

COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is preventable. Working with a primary care physician helps you understand your health risks and work toward disease prevention.

COPD is diagnosed in people age 40 and older. In the U.S., the diagnosis of COPD covers two diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Between the two diseases, the airways in the lungs become both damaged and inflamed, and people who have one usually also have the other.

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