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Antibiotic Resistance

As we move towards better medical practices, we often find clients asking their provider, “Why can’t you give me an antibiotic?” Antibiotics have been a life saver since the 1920s, when penicillin was discovered. Since then, we have had several generations of antibiotics designed to treat specific bacteria, while others are broad spectrum (meaning these…

January Is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer; and of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer. But cervical cancer is also a highly treatable cancer, thanks to improved screenings and vaccinations. Cervical cancer can be found early, and sometimes even prevented entirely, by having regular Pap tests.…

What Is Folic Acid and How Do I Get More of It into My Diet?

January 3-9 is Folic Acid Awareness Week.  Folic acid is a B vitamin (B9) that plays many roles in maintaining health.  A deficiency of folic acid can lead to anemia, neural tube defects and heart disease. Recommended intake: Adults – 400mcg/day Females of childbearing age or who are pregnant – 400-600 mcg/day Breastfeeding women –…

What Is A Medicare Annual Wellness Visit?

There is a lot of confusion when a HealthFirst client with Medicare is told they are going to have an Annual Wellness Visit versus a Complete Physical Exam.  This article is an attempt to simplify the differences. The Initial Preventative Physical Exam (also known as the Welcome to Medicare Physical) is a Complete Physical Exam…
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What Is Diabetes and Why Should You Care?

Chances are you know someone who has diabetes or, you may have been diagnosed with this disease yourself.  Nearly one in 11 people in the U.S. has diabetes and this number is growing. What is diabetes and why should you care if you have diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that makes it difficult for the…

November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a disease that most people find challenging to manage.  Millions of people have diabetes and millions more go undiagnosed.  Several risk factors for diabetes are your weight, how active you are, family history, ethnicity, and age.  So, when you come to HealthFirst for your next appointment with your provider, ask to be screened…
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