Family Care

Protect Yourself From the Sun

Children and adults love being outside during the summer months. Whether swimming, mowing the lawn or walking the dog, the best way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is to wear long sleeves and long pants or cover yourself with sunscreen. When picking...

Avoid Gestational Diabetes in Second Pregnancy

If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy. “After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks...

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents cancer against HPV infection. Certain types of HPV can lead to oral and genital cancers. HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection when given before initial exposure to the virus. Similar to the need to put a helmet on...

Sore Throat or Strep Throat? How to Tell the Difference

Sore throat is a common complaint in the pediatric population and can be caused by Group A Streptococcus (GAS) otherwise known as "strep throat." Strep throat accounts for 15 to 30 percent of all sore throats in children ages 5 to 15. Viruses are also...

Building a Foundation of Wellness through Primary Care

Laura E. Glueck, DO, family medicine physician at Saint Francis Clinic Jackson, a Saint Francis Healthcare System Medical Partner location, says she takes a transparent approach to speaking about health conditions to help build trust and long-time connections with patients. “Relationships are the biggest thing,” she...

RSV: What to Look For

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is rapidly infecting many young children throughout the country. Nurse Practitioner Erika Westrich at Cape Physician Associates gives insight on what RSV is, ways to prevent it, symptoms to look out for and more. What is RSV? “Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is...

The Importance of Flu Shots

As the year winds down, the annual flu season is revving up. Marc Lumsden, DO, family medicine physician at Cape Physician Associates, explains the necessity and benefits of getting the flu shot once the winter months approach. "During colder months, the flu virus tends to be...