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Nocturnal Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are sometimes called charley horses or muscle spasms. They happen when your leg muscles tighten and it is hard to relax them. Leg cramps come and go, sometimes for hours, and usually occur at night. They mostly affect the lower legs, but can also happen in your feet or thighs.

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Hiking Survival Tips

f you’re one of the many ‘outdoorsy’ types who likes to stay active year round, it’s time to take note of hiking safety. Begin prepared for a storm is key to survival, especially if hiking in challenging terrain. Storms can come in quickly and turn an afternoon into a dangerous condition.

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Do High Protein Diets Work?

If you’re trying to lose weight and are looking for a high protein strategy, read our article: What are the benefits? Can high protein be dangerous?

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Fun Fall Weight Loss Tips You’ll Love

Start losing weight now for the holidays. Fall is the perfect time of year to rejuvenate, reevaluate and enjoy the outdoors. We can help you lose 5% of your body weight in just 3 weeks.

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Prevent Illness – Tips for Avoiding Colds and Flu

The season has changed and so begins the prime time for colds, influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Contagious viruses are actually active year-round, but it’s fall and winter when we are most vulnerable to them due in large part because we are spending more time indoors. Read our tips to prevent illness and the spread of colds and flu.

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New Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Exciting news for Plantar Fasciitis patients. Common in runners, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Here is a new exercise that can show marked improvement!

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Acne Scar Treatment

Scars related to acne are caused by damage to the pore from excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The damage to the pore can cause deep lesions in different shapes. Two different types of scars can form, hypertrophic or keloid scars which are from increase collagen from wound healing. Raised tissue is then collected on skin surface.

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What is Melasma

Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown patches, splotchiness appear on the skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, or jaw line. It is triggered by hormones and light. Melasma is essentially too much dark pigment. Called the “mask of pregnancy”, it often appears in the second and third trimester. Other risks for melasma are birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy in menopause.

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Tips for Hiring Caregivers

The following information is taken from a series called Tip Cards. The advice was formulated with the help of persons caring for a loved one (caregiver) and the knowledge and insight that they gained from the caregiver experience. The VNA hopes that you will gain insight and find the advice listed.

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Does Stretch Mark Removal Work?

Stretch marks seem to be caused, literally, by a stretching of the skin. They form when the dermis – the middle layer of the skin that maintains shape and elasticity – is stretched more than it can tolerate. Connective fibers in the skin eventually break, disrupting collagen production and causing scarring. Stretch marks are common on the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks and thighs.

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New At Home Colon Cancer Test Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved an at-home colon cancer test, called Cologuard. It is the first stool-based screening test ordered through a doctor’s office, completed at home, and mailed in for laboratory analysis. The test detects certain DNA mutations and red blood cells that could be indications of colorectal cancer.

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Delay Morning School Start Times for Teens?

Most parents share the daunting task of waking up your teen to hit the 6:35am bus. U.S. Pediatricians are catching up to what parents instinctively have known for years. Read a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Walking Exercise Increases Creativity!

Need to spark your creativity? A new study found that a brief stroll, whether it be around your office or outside at a park, can significantly increase creativity. Although this idea has been purported by people for hundreds, if not thousands of years, little science has supported the idea that exercise aids creativity, until now.

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What SPF Do I Need?

There are SO many sunscreens out on the shelves everyone seems to be asking the same question” What SPF Do I Need? There is no question skin cancers are related to sun exposure, yet even with sunscreen sales approaching $1 billion a year, skin cancer rates continue to climb.

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EPIC – New Electronic Medical Records System

Beginning June 10, 2014 we have changed to a new electronic medical records system called EPIC. Epic is the preferred electronic medical record system used by more than 250 health care organizations nationwide. We appreciate your patience during the transition and we are excited to see what the technology can do for our practice.

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Allergy Symptoms and Solutions

There’s a lot you can do about seasonal allergy symptoms – especially if you work closely with your doctor. To get the most from your doctor appointments, first know the right questions to ask. Also, be prepared to answer your doctor’s questions – about your allergy triggers, symptoms, and responses to any medication you’ve taken. Then, you can discuss a treatment plan for seasonal allergies that may work best for you.

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Allergy Relief Tips & Symptoms

There’s a lot you can do about seasonal allergy symptoms – especially if you work closely with your doctor. To get the most from your doctor appointments, first know the right questions to ask. Also, be prepared to answer your doctor’s questions – about your allergy triggers, symptoms, and responses to any medication you’ve taken. Then, you can discuss a treatment plan for seasonal allergies that may work best for you. Read our allergy relief tips and symptoms here.

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Picnic? BBQ? Read our Food Safety Tips

Even though you may be planning, or attending, an event where refrigeration and hot water are easily accessible, we tend to forget the importance of preventing food borne illnesses. Freshen up your knowledge of these food safety tips here.

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Snoring Solutions – 7 Easy Fixes

7 things that may help you reduce or eliminate snoring. Read our snoring solutions article: 7 Easy Fixes for Snoring. Use caution before you self-treat with over-the-counter sprays and pills until you’ve checked with your doctor,

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A Guide to Low T Syndrome – Symptoms and Treatments

The term Low T Syndrome refers to the aging process, although often many factors are involved. The rate at which testosterone declines varies greatly among men. As many as 30 percent of men older than 75 have a testosterone level that’s below normal. The diagnosis of Low T Syndrome requires the presence of symptoms as well as low testosterone levels.

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10 Best Foods for Men’s Health

Men are different from women in all kinds of ways — including their nutritional needs. Just as women need particular nutrients during pregnancy or for protection from breast cancer, men need nutrients that can help them maintain muscle mass, prevent prostate cancer, and more. Many foods that tend to be favorites among men are not the best choices for good health. Here are the 10 best foods for men’s health.

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How to Stay Vital as You Age

In a terrific article from WebMD this month regarding men’s health, they explore how to stay vital as you age. Read on to discover 8 things you can be doing now that will improve your life for the long run.

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Men’s Health and Alcohol

In this month’s Doctor’s Blog about men’s health and alcohol, while there is some supporting evidence that drinking in moderation may be beneficial to one’s heart health, some of this information gets misconstrued. Read more about the effects of alcohol on men’s health, and what the standards are for “drinking in moderation”.

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Radocchia to Speak at Fairfield University

Erin Radocchia, APRN, will be speaking to the graduate nursing students at Fairfield University on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Erin will be discussing the transition from nursing to advanced medicine, licensing and certification processes, job searching and the interviewing process.

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Follow-up! Physical Therapy Pelvic Floor Exercises Can Help OAB

For those who are diagnosed with Pelvic Floor Disorder, the good news is you may be helped through physical therapy pelvic floor exercises. What is Pelvic Floor Disorder? Both men and women have a pelvic floor. In women, the pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum and help these pelvic organs function.

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For the Love of our Pets

For those of us who are pet-loving owners, our fury friends are truly a member of our family. They are bathed, brushed, fed, cleaned up after, talked to, laughed with, hugged tight, taught well, walked, slept with, brought to parks, beaches, the doctor’s for checkups, and even on family vacation. Indeed, owning a pet sounds like a lot of work that would add undo stress to an already busy lifestyle. But, for all we give pets, they give us more than just unconditional love and dedication. What are the effects of pets on human health? For nearly 25 years research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity, provide aid and companionship, and can even help you get dates. Can Pets Reduce Allergies and Asthma? There are many people with known allergies to pets. Breeds such as poodles and certain terriers may be better for those with allergies. Breeds that shed less are more likely to be hypoallergenic, since the dog’s dander and saliva stick to the hair and are not released into the environment. How hypoallergenic a particular dog is for a particular person may vary with the individual dog and the individual person. Until recently it was thought that growing up with pets may increase a child’s case of developing allergies to pets. However, a growing number of studies have suggested that kids growing up in a home with “furred animals”, or on a farm exposed to large animals, will have less risk of allergies and asthma. According to a recent study by... read more

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