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What does all the bad press on heartburn medications (PPI) really mean?

There have been several concerning studies on Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI), the newest group of acid blockers. Since their launch they are increasingly used for treating the symptom of heartburn. More than 50 million Americans experience heartburn frequently (more than 2 days a week) and these medications are the third highest selling drug class in the US.

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Risks of Heart Disease

Approximately 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur each year in the United States. It is estimated, one in four women and one in five men will die within the first year. There are many risk factors that can be controlled from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to smoking and obesity.

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Home Organization Tips

Did you miss National Get Organized Month in January? It’s typically the time of year we have a lot of ‘inside’ time on our hands and look to turning over those proverbial new leafs. But, any time is a great time to get organized.

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Cheerleader Concussion

In December, The Journal of Pediatrics reported the risk of head injuries to cheerleaders. Concussion tops the list of injuries sustained by high school cheerleaders as “the once-tame sideline activity becomes more daring and competitive.”

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What is Shingles?

What is Shingles? Do I need a shingles vaccine? Can I spread shingles? The basic facts of shingles from the doctor’s blog.

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What Foods Keep You Warm?

The Family Medicine Doctor’s Blog asks you – What Foods Keep You Warm? You may be surprised to find out spicy foods are LAST on the list…read more…

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Flu Shots Now Available

Family Medicine Associates remind you to schedule an appointment for your flu shot with your personal healthcare provider. Here’s what’s new 2015-16 season.

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Healthy Fast Food

Let’s face it, fast food is time saving and always just around the corner. Despite your best intentions to eat well, there are days when time is just plain limited. That’s ok. But let’s see if we can make this trip just a bit healthier.

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Reduce Your Risk of Melanoma

“Exposure to damaging UV rays from the sun and tanning devices is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.” Learn the risk factors and tips to reduce your exposure.

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Borrow My Shopping List

Best grocery listDon’t go to the store hungry.  Have a list.  When you get home, prepare foods in easy containers when hunger strikes.   Whether you need to lose weight or struggle to maintain weight, in these busy times, it’s really hard to find time to give ourselves the best chance for success.

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CPR – Two Steps to Staying Alive

The American Heart Association is promoting ‘Two Steps to Staying Alive’ with Hands-Only™ CPR. The Hands-Only™ campaign is designed to alert the public that CPR can save lives and your actions can only help. Here is their “Keep the Beat” video tutorial.

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Measles – What is Happening?

In 2000, measles was declared eliminated in the US. But last year saw a record number of me cases since – 644 over 27 US states. This year is unlikely to be any better, with 102 cases reported so far. In this spotlight, we look at whether ongoing concerns surrounding vaccination safety are behind the measles epidemic.

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Binge Eating Disorder – FDA Approves New Medication, Vyvanse

Most people overeat from time to time, and many people believe they frequently eat more than they should. Eating large amounts of food, however, does not mean that a person has binge eating disorder. Most people with serious binge eating problems have some of the following symptoms:

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Essential Tremor and Treatments

Essential Tremor (ET) is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. ET is often confused with Parkinson’s disease although it’s eight times more common. Learn about common treatment options and helpful assisted devices.

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Bereavement Group in CT, Old Saybrook

The Path Through Grief   Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00am – 11:30am 8 Weeks Old Saybrook, CT       Local bereavement group beginning for 8 weeks on March 7, 2015. The group is open to any adult who has experienced a loss through death and will meet on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30am at the Edgewater Office Building, 929 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. Cost of attendance is $50.00 per session. Pre-registration is necessary. Please call Neil Becker, LCSW at 203.247.5902 for more information or to... read more

Functional Strength

Functional Strength News: Finding stability is where you can find function. Spending 4-6 weeks in a well developed stabilization exercise program will allow you to get the most out of the workouts.

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Days for Girls: Kenya Update

Update from Kenya: Days for Girls. Locally, we would like to send a special thank you to Arlene, who made these beautiful kits as part of our local drive.

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Pneumonia Vaccines – What’s New?

Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with underlying health problems or weakened immune systems. Antibiotics and antiviral medications can treat many common forms of pneumonia. What you need to know about vaccines…read more

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Kenya Health, Education, Dignity

Kenyan Health Care Initiative was founded by two health care providers in Orange, Connecticut. Their mission is to help to empower 11 small Ngwesi communities build clinics, access clean water, supplies for schools and hygiene education.

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Hypnosis & Weight Loss

A Focus on Successful Weight Loss “Weight loss, we’ve done it over and over, but it never seems to stick. Did you ever wonder why? Most of the time, when people are “dieting” they are focused on counting. They are counting calories, points, pounds and steps. Of course this will work, as long as they keep counting, but as soon as they stop and revert to their “comfortable” way of living, they start gaining weight again.

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Probiotic Use Effects on Colds and Flu-Like Symptoms

A double blind, placebo-controlled study of 326 children, ages 3-5 years old, received probiotics twice daily for 6 months with decrease in fever, runny nose, and cough as well as duration and antibiotic use as well as missed school/sick days.

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