Disease State Management

AIDS

World AIDS day is December 1. Valuable resources: CAMP Rehoboth Community Center – learn about various World AIDS Day events taking place in Sussex County AIDS.gov – learn about awareness days and events Find a testing center near you.     

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Allergies

Winter was milder than usual in many parts of the country this year. Warmer weather has brought earlier pollination of trees and – you guessed it – an earlier hay fever season as well. If you suffer from hay fever, buckle your seat belt. You and about 35 million other people may be in for …

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that causes problems with memory, thought, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a term that describes general problems with intellectual abilities that interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s accounts for up to 80% of all dementia patients. There are over 5.4 million Americans currently living with …

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Arthritis

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Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects the gas exchange of your lungs. Patients who suffer from asthma can have narrowing/blocked airway passages. This narrowing/blockage can cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. A pulmonary function test will help a physician determine a patient’s diagnosis. Other tests may focus on allergies, sinuses, or gastroesophageal …

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Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure is the measurement of force applied to the arteries to push blood throughout the body. The heart is responsible for generating this force needed to continue pumping the blood. Having high blood pressure (HBP) not only puts stress on the heart but also can affect the lungs, brain, kidneys, and the blood vessels. …

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Cancer

Cancer is term that encompasses over 100 specific diseases. All those specific diseases start out the same way – a group of abnormal cells start to replicate out-of-control. The replication can lead to illness and even death. As we continue with our cancer research we are discovering that early detection is key for many types …

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Cholesterol

What is cholesterol?1 Cholesterol is a substance that is found in the fats in a person’s blood The body needs cholesterol in order to build healthy cells, but having too much cholesterol is not good and can lead to heart disease   Why does too much cholesterol lead to heart disease?1 A large amount of …

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Depression

You’re not just down in the dumps. You’re not simply singin’ the blues. Depression is no laughing matter (although laughing might make you feel better). A disorder of the brain, depression is similar to other chronic diseases: If left untreated, it can last a long time, making it hard to enjoy – or simply do …

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Diabetes

More than 25 million Americans have diabetes. This is a chronic condition that produces high blood sugar levels.1 Another 79 million have prediabetes, which makes them 5 to 15 times more likely to develop diabetes. But many of these people – whether they have prediabetes or diabetes – have no idea they’re at risk.2 Could …

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Heart Health

Is it a heart attack? More than a million Americans have heart attacks each year. Nearly half of them die.1 Why does this happen? In many cases, it’s because people don’t take action quickly enough – or at all. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to part of the heart muscle is blocked. If …

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HIV

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Men’s Health

As a man ages, he may be introduced to new health issues. Men of all ages can take easy step to help protect their health. Have yearly physical Be aware of your family health history Quit smoking Eat a healthy diet Drink alcohol only in moderation Keep an open dialogue between your healthcare providers Maintain …

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Oral Health

The Link Between Oral and Overall Health Here’s a great sound bite for you: The health of your mouth may mirror your overall health. What’s the link? For one, good dental care helps prevent a buildup of bacteria and inflammation from gum disease. And that may help protect other parts of your body.1 Researchers need …

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. Normally, bones go through cycles where your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with healthy new bones. In osteoporosis you loose too much bone, or can not produce enough healthy replacement bone. As a result of this disease your bones can become weak and brittle, which …

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Pain Management

   Many people experience pain from injuries and overuse of joints1 Pain can make every day activities very challenging1 Two major types of pain:1 Neuropathic Pain:  No obvious source of pain1 Examples: fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome1 Nociceptive Pain: A source of pain is present1 Examples: broken body part, back pain, cut1   Important factors to …

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Sleep Apnea

Could You Have Sleep Apnea? Does your snoring raise the dead—or at least prompt a swift kick? Has your partner or spouse said that you gasp or snort, or make choking sounds while asleep? Are you finding yourself way too drowsy during the day, despite getting a “good night’s sleep”? These can be major signs …

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Stress

Your 16-year-old just crashed the family car. You got turned down for the job you really wanted. And, you’re trying to figure out how to keep your mother who has Alzheimer’s from wandering around the neighborhood. Now, if that’s not a clear recipe for stress, I don’t know what is – and stress with a …

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Tension Headaches

Tension Headaches Got You Bothered? It’s the rare person who doesn’t experience an occasional headache. But if you’re plagued by frequent tension headaches, you might think there has got to be something you can do beyond regularly reaching into your medicine cabinet. Sure, pain relievers can work wonders. And, I’m here to steer you to …

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Women’s Health

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