How to Treat the Flu at Home and When to See the Doctor

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jan 23, 2020 10:57:54 AM

Data from the past 30 years shows that US influenza cases typically peak in February, so the worst may be yet to come. While it’s not too late to get the flu immunization from your local primary care physician (PCP), you need to know which steps to take if you do end up with the flu this season. We’re here to help with advice on recognizing a case of the flu, how to treat the flu at home and when it’s time to visit your PCP for medical treatment.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine

Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals in 2020

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jan 8, 2020 4:29:31 PM

A new decade is here, and a traditional part of celebrating the New Year is setting resolutions focused on becoming a healthier version of yourself and often, weight loss is the target of many resolution setters. With the health risks associated with carrying extra weight and obesity a major health concern in our nation, shedding extra weight can be a positive goal if it’s something you and your doctor have previously discussed. To achieve success with your efforts, the first step is to make sure that you are setting realistic weight loss goals, otherwise you are potentially setting up yourself for disappointment and potentially added health risks. Here is some useful information on setting and reaching realistic weight loss goals in 2020.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Womens' Health, Weight Loss

Tis the Season: What to do About Dry Skin in Winter Months

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Dec 22, 2019 7:45:00 AM

Our intense winters bring frigid temperatures and often times undesirable dry skin. Next to other common winter ailments, like the cold and flu, dry skin may seem like a minor annoyance or simply an aesthetic problem. However, there are potentially significant consequences from chronic or severe dry skin.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Skin Conditions

Joint Pain When Cold Weather Arrives in Connecticut

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Dec 13, 2019 1:14:39 PM

There is no question that New England winters, and Connecticut’s holiday season in particular, can be brutally cold. The average low temperature during our winters is well below the freezing point, hovering around 2 degrees Fahrenheit. While all this cold can make for some picturesque snowscapes, it also brings many hassles, including achy and painful joints.

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Topics: Joint Pain & Arthritis

The Importance of Knowing the Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Nov 26, 2019 6:04:55 AM

Alzheimer’s disease is a widespread health issue, and it’s likely that you know or have known someone, or a family, who has lived with this diagnosis. Unfortunately, several misconceptions about Alzheimer’s abound. One of the largest misconceptions is that Alzheimer’s is untreatable. In fact, the disease is often treatable with a combination of strategies, but good treatment outcomes are largely dependent on early and accurate diagnosis.

We’ll examine the facts about Alzheimer’s disease below, including what Alzheimer’s is and is not. We will also lay out the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s so that you can be aware of possible symptoms in yourself or a loved one.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine

How You Can Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Nov 12, 2019 11:41:33 AM
The numbers show just how widespread the diabetes problem is becoming in the United States. Figures from the American Diabetes Association illustrate that about 10% of all Americans are diabetic. This percentage is even higher among seniors, with one-quarter of all Americans age 65 and older qualifying as diabetic. There is good news, though. In many cases, diabetes is a preventable condition. We’ll take a look at two different types of diabetes mellitus in this article, the risk of diabetes developing, and what you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming diabetic.
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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Diabetes

Talking to Your Teen about Vaping: Vaping vs. Smoking Facts

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Oct 25, 2019 11:48:32 AM

Since electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes or vaping, were first introduced in the United States several years ago, doctors have suspected that using these devices could lead to chronic health problems. In recent months, those suspicions have been tragically confirmed beyond anyone’s worst predictions with the deaths of over 30 people directly related to vaping. Stopping vaping, especially among teens, has taken on a new urgency, and it is crucial that you talk to your teen about the dangers of vaping.

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Topics: Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Adolescence

Breast Cancer Early Detection Facts and How Your Primary Care Physician Can Help

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Oct 15, 2019 9:21:29 AM

While October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this serious disease requires attention all year round as breast cancer is a very common type of cancer among adult women. The statistics reflect just how ubiquitous this disease is in the United States. Over one-quarter of a million American women receive a breast cancer diagnosis each year. Additionally, more than 40,000 women succumb to breast cancer in the US annually. And while you cannot completely eliminate your risk of breast cancer, there are effective steps you can take with the support of your primary care physician (PCP) to increase the likelihood of early detection.

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Topics: Primary Care Physician, Womens' Health

Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Connecticut and EEE Symptoms to Watch For

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Sep 20, 2019 2:51:07 PM

If you tuned into the news as of late, you may already know that health officials have confirmed the presence of the mosquito-borne disease, eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Connecticut. In fact, EEE has not only been detected in mosquitos in our state, but we just recently had our first verified human case in Connecticut this year.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Early Symptoms and Risk Factors

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Sep 10, 2019 3:13:29 PM

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, making it an ideal time for you to understand this serious form of cancer that according to the CDC, accounts for 3% of all cancers in women and causes more deaths each year than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

Unlike many other cancer types, ovarian cancer has no preventative screening. While you can have Pap smears to check for cervical cancer and mammograms to help detect breast cancer, there is currently no method to regularly screen for ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, the majority of ovarian cancer cases are discovered in the later stages when the disease is least treatable. These facts mean that being aware of your ovarian cancer risk factors and following with your OB-GYN or primary care physician are crucial measures.

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Topics: Womens' Health

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