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To take a sick day or to soldier on? It can be a tough decision, whether we’re making it for ourselves or for a child. The answer should weigh several considerations: what symptoms are present, what the conditions are like at the office or school and who else will be there. Of course, these considerations take on even greater importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, when a risky choice could spark an outbreak with severe consequences to the health of others. Here are some factors to consider when determining whether a day should be a sick day.

While it’s impossible to prevent breast cancer, it’s important to understand your level of risk. By understanding the risk factors that we can change – such as exercise and alcohol consumption – we can learn to adapt our lifestyle to lower our risk for breast cancer. And by understanding the risk factors that we cannot change – such as cancer history and genetic factors – we can have informed conversations with our doctors about screening recommendations and medical interventions.

If you want to monitor your heart health between doctor visits, consider using a mobile app. Whether you want to monitor your heart rate or blood pressure, several apps, many of them free, will give you accurate results right at home. But remember: These apps are meant to provide you with information that you can share with your doctor to inform health decisions and not to replace visits to your doctor.

You wake up with a scratchy throat. But what do you do next? Do you reach for hot tea or call a doctor? It depends. If a sore throat is caused by a cold or flu, you may be able to wait it out and treat it at home. If it’s caused by strep throat, however, you’ll need to go to a doctor to get antibiotics. Here are ways to tell the difference between the two, and why those differences are so important. But be careful: It can be difficult to tell a sore throat and strep throat apart, so a visit to a doctor for a definite diagnosis is often the right move.

It’s a scary feeling: In the middle of the night, you feel your heart flutter in a way that makes you wonder if something may be wrong. Heart palpitations frequently occur at night – and that’s also when we’re most likely to notice them – creating worrying moments. Most of the time these palpitations are harmless and occur in healthy people. When they occur repeatedly and with other symptoms, however, you should consult a doctor.

AnMed Health Central Family Medicine, conveniently located at 1035 West Main Street near Central Town Hall, opened December 20, 2021, and is accepting new patients. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holiday meals are known for delicious dishes of turkey and dressing, ham, green beans, pumpkin pie and all the fixings, plus deserts. But for people who suffer from acid reflux or are on weight control diets, some of those foods may be off limits. Spicy, acidic and chocolate foods may trigger acid reflux, heartburn and regurgitation in people who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), while high carbs, sugar and fat can cause issues for people who are in a bariatric program. And overeating can be a serious problem for both, ranging from discomfort to disrupted sleep to requiring medical attention. Although GERD and bariatric patients’ food choices and serving sizes may be limited, that doesn’t mean they have to deprive themselves of the joy of cooking and eating with family and friends.

In years past, it was recommended for women to visit their OBGYN every year for a pap smear, as well as a pelvic exam and a breast exam. The pap smear is a screening test for cervical screening. Recently, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) has updated those recommendations. Women should still visit their OBGYN office at least once a year, but they no longer recommend that women receive a pap smear annually. Cervical Cancer Research has taught physicians how to better understand the disease and how it develops, allowing them to increase the amount of time between these screenings. There is also an additional screening test type available now, the HPV test.

Almost everyone has experienced a racing heart, but how is it possible to differentiate a racing heart that’s harmless and one that is cause for alarm? It’s not always easy. By identifying what triggers a racing heart, how frequently one’s heart rate rises and what conditions occur along with a racing heart, you can learn when to respond with calming techniques and when to contact a doctor.

Lung cancer does not only happen to smokers. Non-smokers are also at risk for lung cancer. In addition to second-hand smoke, non-smokers can get lung cancer from other contributing factors such as asbestos, radon and air pollution. Luckily, there are innovations in screenings and treatments that are moving the field of lung cancer forward and improving patient outcomes.


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