Health Page Archive: Internal Medicine

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine safely prevents cancer through protection against human papilloma virus (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... Read more

March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week

A toddler reaches for pills on table National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23. It's important to know how to prevent poisoning and what to do if it is ingested.First, look at the container so you know what you've ingested. Many containers give instructions of what to do after accidental ingestion. If it... Read more

Moving Blood Clots Bring Danger

Blood clots prevent you from losing too much blood when you hurt yourself. However, when a blood clot forms inside one of your veins and does not dissolve on its own, called deep vein thrombosis, it could be very dangerous.“Generally, blood clots are focal where they... Read more

Keep an Eye on Benign Tumors

A benign tumor is a tumor that is not cancerous. In many cases, these masses do not pose any danger. But, if the tumor is pressing on a blood vessel or a nerve, it needs to be removed or reduced.“Cancer cells can multiply and spread to surrounding tissues,... Read more

Alcohol Irritates Pancreas

The pancreas is a gland that releases digestive enzymes and insulin into the body. Pancreatitis is when the pancreas becomes inflamed, and can cause abdominal pain, fever and vomiting.Acute pancreatitis, when the problem is temporary, usually can be treated with intravenous medications in the hospital. Chronic... Read more

Talk to Doctor About Suspicious Skin Lesions

That strange-looking spot on your skin may be a sign of something dangerous. If you are concerned about an area, talk to your primary care physician about a skin cancer screening.“As with other cancers, you want to catch any kind of skin cancer early,” says Deborah... Read more

A Primary Care Doctor is Important for Your Wellness

Even if you do not have any chronic health problems, it is a good idea to find a primary care doctor. A family practice or internal medicine physician can ensure you stay current with recommended screenings, detect patterns in your health and act as your advocate... Read more

Dietary Fiber

While dietary fiber can minimize constipation and help with hemorrhoids, it also can reduce obesity and lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol level.“Most Americans take in about 50 percent less than the dietary guideline requirements for fiber intake per day,” says Stephen Nagy, MD,... Read more

Asthma Triggers

About one in 12 people suffers from asthma, and out of that group, about 12 million people every year will experience an asthma attack. One of the most important steps to successful treatment is identifying your individual triggers.Possible triggers include: Respiratory infection Bacterial infection such as sinusitis Gastroesophageal reflux... Read more

Quit Smoking Safely

Quitting smoking is not easy, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges. One of the most effective methods for quitting is nicotine replacement therapy.“Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco is highly addictive,” says F. Michael Caldwell, MD, internal medicine physician at Black River Medical Center.... Read more


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