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

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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