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Having trouble finding infant formula? Wondering what substitutes or alternatives are safe for your child? Check out these tips from Dr. Matt Bradshaw of AnMed Health Pediatric Associates to make sure you're caring for your infant safely during the formula supply shortage.

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Atrial Fibrillation or AFib is a heart ailment that affects many Americans. AFib occurs when the upper and lower chambers are not coordinated, causing the heart to beat too slowly, too quickly, or irregularly. Symptoms of AFib include shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating and fainting.

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With January being Cervical Health Awareness Month, now is a good time to schedule an appointment or talk to your primary care provider about getting a Pap smear.

Almost always, a rash on the breast is due to a minor and treatable condition, such as an infection or allergy. Rarely, though, it can be due to something more severe like inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This is a type of breast cancer that develops quite differently than most breast cancers. Instead of lumps, inflammatory breast cancer can appear with a rash.

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.

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