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Health Education Blog

What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from Norovirus

Posted by Staff on May 17, 2017

Norovirus is a common stomach bug that shows up in the form of cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Norovirus can spread very quickly through physical contact, taking care of someone while their sick, or touching something that has come in contact with Norovirus. There has recently been an outbreak in Northern California. Learn more in the video below and how you can take preventative measures to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

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Topics: Cold and Flu, Prevention, News

Start New Habits to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by Staff on May 05, 2017

Sleep. You never seem to get enough of it. Kid’s never want to go to it. It eludes you. And it also seems to be the fix-all when you’re trying to make a decision - people always seem to tell you to just sleep on it. Getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be what suffers when you’re trying to find more time in the day, are stressed, or are distracted and so stimulated that you can’t fall asleep, but more often than not it does.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle

3 Early Warning Signs That Could Lead to Childhood Obesity

Posted by Staff on May 03, 2017

Determining whether or not a child is at a healthy weight is difficult for one main reason: Body Mass Index (BMI) is typically how body fat is calculated, however, for children it’s different. Their BMI is on a sliding scale in terms of percentile in comparison to all other children. A child who is 5 years old and weighs 100lbs. is considered normal if all other 5 year olds weigh 100lbs. It’s the flaw in the system. Rather than looking at a child’s weight to determine their health status, let’s instead take a look at the top 3 early warning signs you might see if your child’s weight is unhealthy to their body.

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Topics: Childhood Obesity

3 Things to Avoid If You Have Chronic Pain

Posted by Staff on April 28, 2017

Chronic pain is pain lasting 6 months or longer. The most common cause is the spine, and the various nerves attached to it. Living with chronic pain can be unbearable. It affects the way you sleep, how you go about your day, what activities you can participate in, and even how much you eat.

Managing chronic pain is difficult, especially if the cause is unknown or has no cure. While we’ve written some tips on managing pain, we’d like to give you some insider advice on what not to do if you have chronic pain.

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Topics: Pain Management

Top 4 Symptoms of COPD and 4 More You’d Never Expect

Posted by Staff on April 26, 2017

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as COPD, is a disease of the lungs that affects the way our lungs pull carbon dioxide from our blood and replace it with oxygen from the air. It develops slowly, and there is no cure. There is, however, treatment available to improve the quality of the days and extend the years of life for a person diagnosed with COPD.

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Topics: COPD

Common Terms You’ll Hear in a Health Care Clinic

Posted by Staff on April 21, 2017

Visiting a clinic can be confusing. You’re going to a new place looking for help, you hear several medical terms that sounds confusing, and you don’t feel well. At our Medical Specialty Centers – Your Everyday Health Care Clinic, we want to help you in any way we can. We’ve put together a small list of medical terms you might hear while at the clinic in hopes it will better your understanding of what they mean in regards to your health.

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Topics: Healthcare Clinic

Is It Too Late to Get A Flu Shot?

Posted by Staff on April 19, 2017

Flu season is a confusing term. The flu isn’t just a season, and there isn’t one catch all flu shot. If you’ve forgotten to get your flu shot you’re probably wondering if it’s too late. The answer? Nope! It’s not too late to get a flu shot.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines

Tips to Keep You From Getting Sick

Posted by Staff on April 14, 2017

Getting sick is a regular part of life, but sometimes it can be at the most inopportune time. Sometimes it can develop into something more complex than your average head cold. Sometimes it can stop you in your tracks like a freight train.

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Topics: Healthy Lifestyle, Cold and Flu, Prevention

What Are the 2 Greatest Health Crises for Our Local Communities?

Posted by Dr. Bonsteel on April 12, 2017

The greatest health crises in Gridley, Biggs, Live Oak and the surrounding towns, are the same as in the entire world: the overweight crisis and the resulting diabetes crisis. 

Data has been gathered in the United States since the 1920's on how long people live. Thanks to the advances in medical care, people kept living longer and longer - until recently.

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Topics: Diabetes, Childhood Obesity

3 Excuses People Make For Not Visiting a Health Care Clinic

Posted by Staff on April 07, 2017

Most people have a preference about their health care. Some prefer a doctor they can see regularly, some prefer a facility they can visit regularly, and some prefer to avoid doctors unless they need to visit the emergency room. We decided to round up the 3 excuses people might make for not visiting a health care clinic, and debunk them.

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Topics: Services, Healthcare Clinic