The Best Heart Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

Posted by Dr. Helen Ede on Feb 24, 2020 4:16:42 PM

Heart disease is one of the most common diseases in men and women and causes 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S. The term heart disease refers to any disorder or deformity of the heart, including congenital heart disease, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease and heart failure. While heart disease has often been perceived as an older person’s health condition, it has been occurring more frequently in younger populations, ages 35-64, making it all the more critical to be proactive about heart health.

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Topics: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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