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02 Aug Education | Comments Off on Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

Summer heat waves such as the one the Pacific Northwest is currently experiencing bring unusually high temperatures that may last from only a few days to a few weeks. In 1980 are particularly severe heat wave was responsible for approximately 1,700 heat-related fatalities in the United States. People suffering heat-related illness when the body’s temperature […]

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31 Jul Education, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clostridium difficile (C. dif)

Clostridium difficile (C. dif)

Clostridium difficile (C. dif)

  Clostridium difficile, commonly shortened to C.diff is a bacteria present in  the colons of 2-5% of the adult population. If able to become established (see risks below) C.Diff may disrupt the normal balance of gut flora and opportunistically dominate. Pathogenic strains of C. diff produce multiple toxin. Two of these toxins aptly named, Clostridium […]

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12 Feb Education | Comments Off on February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke) is the leading cause of mortality and hospitalizations in the U.S. Medicare began covering cardiovascular disease screening blood tests in 2005, for the purpose of early detection of cardiovascular disease in individuals without apparent signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Medicare also provides coverage of […]

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08 Feb Education | Comments Off on Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s major public health concerns.  Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, most sore throats, and bronchitis.  Taking antibiotics for these types of infections will not cure the illness; keep others from catching the illness; or help you feel better. Antibiotics are most effective […]

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22 Jul Education | Comments Off on Health information can be difficult for patients to understand and comply with

Health information can be difficult for patients to understand and comply with

Health information can be difficult for patients to understand and comply with

Health information and medication administration can be difficult to understand and comply with. The number one cause of mortality in adults is cardiovascular disease. For prevention of this disease,  monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels play an important role. Medication is often times required to regulate the disease. With a diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) and/or hyperlipidemia […]

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