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Health Wise

Health Wise is our blog to help you be more informed about important health and wellness matters for you and loved ones.

Understanding the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Taking steps to maintain all-around good health is important for preventing serious or chronic disease. One of the best ways to better understand your overall health is to have an annual wellness exam that enables you to identify any potential health risks. Read More

Learn More about Breast Cancer and Early Detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There’s no better way to observe this than to get the facts about breast cancer and understand the importance of early detection. Read More

Your Children and Vaccines

There is no better way to protect children from infectious diseases than with vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), family physicians, and pediatricians around the country. For decades, children’s lives have been saved from deadly diseases by simply following a vaccine schedule. Read More

Breastfeeding: A Win-Win for Baby and Mother

August is National Breastfeeding Month and August 25–31 is Black Breastfeeding Week—and the importance of the benefits of breastfeeding can’t be overstated. Read More

Questions and Answers on Bariatric Surgery

The following are frequently asked questions surrounding bariatric surgery that can help guide you in your decision on whether or not to pursue bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. Read More

Creating Healthy Habits for Kids

A major challenge for many families today is instilling values and practices in children that lead to a healthy and active lifestyle. How do you help your kids develop lifelong healthy habits? Here are 10 smart and easy ways. Read More

Facing Menopause and Managing Its Effects

While it’s a normal and natural event in every woman’s life, menopause is still sometimes misunderstood. The changes it brings to one’s health are even occasionally perceived as an illness or disorder without better knowledge of the signs and factors surrounding it. The following outlines the medical definition of menopause, common symptoms, and ways to gain some relief. Read More

Finding the Right Pediatrician for Your Child

There’s no single model for a pediatrician that fits all families. If you’re looking to change physicians, have moved to a new area, or are still trying to make up your mind, be sure to gather the following information before making a final decision. Read More

Gynecologic Cancer: What All Women Need to Know

Every woman, unfortunately, is at some risk of developing gynecologic cancer. Approximately 100,000 women are diagnosed with a form of gynecologic cancer every year in the U.S. Read More

Preparing Your Child for Puberty

Getting a deeper understanding of the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty can go a long way in helping you provide the support your child needs during this period in their life. Read More

Weight Loss Surgery: A Patient's Story

For nearly two decades, Kay struggled with her weight. She tried various measures to get it under control, all without success, and increasingly found everyday activities such as walking or simply crossing her legs to be a challenge. Read More

Steps Leading Up to Weight-Loss Surgery

The most important element of the process for weight-loss surgery is consultation with a team of health professionals. In addition to your primary care physician, you will likely need to be evaluated by a surgeon, a dietitian, a psychologist, and possibly other specialists to ensure that you are fully prepared for the procedure. Read More

Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?

If you or a loved one suffers from obesity, without success in addressing it by diet or exercise, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery could be a viable option for addressing this condition. Read More

Heart Disease: A Serious Matter for Women

When you think of all of the major health issues facing women today, heart disease is rarely at the top of the list. Breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and lupus are many things that come to mind. However, heart disease is actually the number one cause of death among women—and African American women—today. Read More