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

The Importance of Annual Physical Exams for Women

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Aug 22, 2019 6:15:00 AM

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for women to go for an extended amount of time without seeing a doctor. In fact, government health statistics reveal that for women under the age of 44, 23.2% of haven’t seen a physician in more than a year. This figure is concerning because it illustrates the fact that a significant number of women are overdue for their physical examinations.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Womens' Health

Vaccinations Aren't Just for Kids: Recommended Vaccines for Adults

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Aug 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Childhood vaccinations receive a lot of attention due to their importance in preventing potentially serious illnesses, but immunizations for adults are equally crucial. Depending on your age, lifestyle factors, and history of childhood immunizations, you may need to receive certain vaccinations during your adult years. By following the vaccination recommendation for adults set out by health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can help to keep yourself healthy and prevent several life-threatening diseases.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Primary Care Physician, Vaccinations

Sun Safety: From Best Sunscreen to Skin Cancer Checks

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Jul 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Long summer days in the sun can be fun and healthy for us, but as you know, you need to be aware of the potentially damaging effects of sunlight. To help you take care of yourself outdoors this summer, here’s some useful information about protecting yourself from the sun this summer and what to look out for when it comes to taking care of your skin.

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

Heat Stroke Signs & Symptoms to Watch Out for this Summer

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

New England summers can be the best, but let’s face it, summers in Connecticut have the potential to be hotter than what’s desirable. With summer comes more time outside, making it important to know the signs of heat stroke, actions to take if you notice these symptoms, and what you can do to help prevent heat stroke.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician

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

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