Sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes…yes, springtime in Connecticut is almost here. While allergies begin during the spring months, typically starting in March, they can last through the fall as late as October. While seasonal allergies can feel like a nuisance, it is important to seek treatment for them to determine what is causing… Read More
Mammograms save lives. One comprehensive study out of Sweden analyzed over 50,000 breast cancer patients. They found that those who took part in a breast cancer screening program showed a 60% lower risk of succumbing from the disease in the first ten years following a diagnosis, and a 47% lower risk 20 years after a… Read More
You’re in great health and feel good. You eat right. You go to bed at a reasonable hour. So, why do you need a primary care physician (PCP)? Well, you most likely drive your car daily, and you’re a safe driver. Your insurance company says so, too. But you wouldn’t keep driving, day in and… Read More
Osteoporosis is a disease in which your bones become weak and brittle; this happens when your body develops too little bone or bone deteriorates, making your bones likely to fracture. Think of your bones like a honeycomb that contains small openings. When you have osteoporosis, the small openings become bigger, resulting in weaker and more… Read More
Developing the shingles virus is common, with almost one out of three people in the U.S. experiencing it within their lifetime. And unfortunately, this number is on the rise, with more people of all age groups developing shingles (or herpes zoster) than ever before. Emerging studies cite a few different reasons for this trend, including… Read More
While bronchitis and pneumonia share similar signs and symptoms, there are also a few key differences that may make it easier to determine if you have one versus the other. The same infections that cause bronchitis may also cause pneumonia, making it difficult to decipher which illness is present. Determining the difference between bronchitis and… Read More
“Herd immunity”, or community immunity, has become a recent household term renowned by COVID-19, and is often used by healthcare workers to describe how to decrease the number of COVID-19 infections. But what is herd immunity and how can it affect you and your family?
Adding certainty in a very uncertain year If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices have been challenged to remain open, while our representatives in government have continued to question the structure and philosophy behind the US healthcare system.
Receiving a flu shot each year is the best preventative step you can take to ensure you do not come down with influenza. The CDC recommends that people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine. Flu vaccinations prevent millions of people from developing the flu each year. The CDC states that during the 2018-2019 flu season, the vaccine stopped an estimated 4.4 million influenza illnesses, 2.3 million related medical visits and 58,000 influenza-caused hospitalizations, as well as 3,500 deaths. A case of influenza can be especially severe for the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. Fortunately, you can help avoid this scenario by receiving an annual flu vaccine.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can lead to serious diseases, such as cervical cancer, penile cancer and oropharynx cancer. The CDC estimates that more than 79 million people in the U.S., most in their late teens to early 20s, are living with HPV. Most people with HPV do not exhibit any symptoms so it is difficult to know if you or your partner have come into contact with the virus.