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5 Reasons Men Should See a Doctor Regularly

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jun 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

June is well-known for Father’s Day, a day when we honor the dads in our lives, but June is also important for men for another reason: It is Men’s Health Month.

Despite suffering from several serious health conditions at higher rates than women, men are less likely to see their doctors. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that men are more than half as likely as women to visit their doctor over two years. Additionally, 2.1% of men report they have never seen a doctor versus only 0.9% of women.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

5 Common Skin Rashes and When to See the Doctor

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jun 13, 2019 2:37:26 PM

Summertime is great for outdoor activities, but summer also, unfortunately, brings more opportunities for skin rashes. Whether it is heat rash, encountering poison ivy, or breaking out after trying a new laundry detergent, a skin rash can be painful, concerning, and incredibly frustrating. However, by understanding the facts about common skin rashes, you can help with identifying treatment and whether or not it’s time for a doctor’s visit.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Skin Conditions

Is it a Cold or Allergies? Determining the Cause of your Springtime Woes in Connecticut

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on May 23, 2019 7:39:00 AM

Spring has finally arrived in Connecticut, and it has brought a whole host of allergy problems. Although we had a cool beginning, this spring promises to be especially bad for allergies, mainly due to increased carbon dioxide levels. Runny noses and itchy, red eyes will likely abound.

However, just because it is allergy season doesn’t mean that your ailments aren’t the result of a common cold. While most people associate getting colds in the winter,  it is possible to get a cold any time of the year, particularly in the spring. While environmental allergies and colds have similar symptoms, there are some important differences to distinguish between so that you can properly address treatment of your symptoms. Here is how to tell the difference between these two conditions as well as some measures you can take to prevent catching a cold and alleviating your allergies.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Allergies

4 Health Tips for Women You Can Start Today

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on May 12, 2019 8:09:20 PM

Many health goals are long term benchmarks such as getting your blood pressure or weight down to a certain number. The good news is that, while it may take a while to reach these goals, there are ways that you can start to improve your health today no matter where you are on your health journey. Every woman has her own approach, and we know that it’s not always easy to take steps for better health, but here are 4 ways to start your journey towards a healthier you.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Womens' Health

Switching Doctors? How, When, and Why to Make a Change in Your Primary Care Physician

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Apr 26, 2019 7:17:58 AM

In an ideal world, you would keep the same primary care physician (PCP) for life, but circumstances rarely afford this opportunity. There are several reasons you may need to switch your primary care doctor, and you may not know how to even begin what may seem like a daunting process. Use our guide below to help determine if the time is right for a change, how to go about the transition, and make certain you are moving to a different doctor’s care for the right reasons.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Sleep Health = Better Overall Health: Why a Good Night's Sleep is Important and When to See the Doctor

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Apr 11, 2019 3:15:09 PM

Sleep is as vital to good health as a balanced diet and adequate hydration, but sleep quality and quantity are sometimes easy to overlook. If you are dehydrated, you will likely feel thirsty. However, the effects of sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality can slowly creep up on you and may not be apparent immediately. Still, your sleep health is tied closely to your overall health, so it is important that you get good sleep and see your physician if you find yourself continuing to have trouble catching enough Zzzs.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Travel Vaccinations You May Need to Ensure Safe Spring Break Travel

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Mar 13, 2019 7:54:48 PM

Spring break is almost here and many families’ plans include travel during this vacation period. While journeying as a family is a great way to bond and have fun, there are some health preparations you need to make if you intend to travel to a foreign destination. Specifically, you should make certain all family members are up-to-date on their regular vaccinations and then obtain any necessary inoculations specific to your destination region.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Vaccinations

Do I Need a Primary Care Physician? PCP vs. Urgent Care

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Feb 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM

With urgent care centers popping up all over the place and emergency rooms always an option for timely health related issues, it can be difficult for some people to rationalize the need for a primary care physician (PCP). However, establishing care with a PCP is important when it comes to proactively maintaining your health, minimizing your risk for disease onset and providing healthcare within a holistic view. Below are some of the important reasons we believe it is a good plan of action to establish a relationship with a primary care physician.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

2019 Healthcare Trends that Could Impact Patients in Connecticut

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jan 18, 2019 12:54:35 PM

Experts point out that the U.S. healthcare system is moving toward a financial model that is based on value rather than volume. Whereas historically each patient visit to a doctor’s office or emergency room was seen as a revenue opportunity, healthcare systems are now more focused on keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. We can expect this evolution in healthcare to improve the patient experience and help strengthen customer loyalty, build reputation and brand, and even improve the overall health of our communities. And for patients, remaining healthy means spending less money on healthcare, using less time to receive care, and encountering less inconvenience.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

What Causes Thyroid Problems and How are They Diagnosed?

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jan 11, 2019 9:20:57 AM

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, but patients often do not naturally give a lot of attention to this important gland. Your thyroid sits at the front of your trachea, or windpipe, in your neck and while it’s a small gland, it has several crucial functions concerning your metabolism and it helps regulate other body functions by constantly releasing a steady amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Thyroid

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