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Signs Your Blood Pressure Is Dangerously High

A blood pressure reading is part of nearly every health examination. This essential diagnostic tool is a primary indicator of what’s going on inside your body and how hard your heart has to work to pump nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. But have you ever thought about why this one test is so important and […]

5 Ways You Can Boost Your Immune System This Fall

If there’s one thing the last several months have taught us, it’s that our health is something we should never take for granted. Whatever we have to do to get healthier or prevent conditions like diabetes, heart disease, a weakened immune system, or obesity is well worth it. As we enter the fall season, which typically […]

Adopting a Child? Explore Our Adoption Physicals

Each year an estimated 61,000 children are adopted in the United States. The journey to adoption can be a long one for both the children waiting to be adopted — many waiting on average four years — as well as the adult anxious to fulfill their dreams of parenthood. The journey may be lengthy, but when it finally comes together, it’s […]

6 Tips for Protecting Your Feet This Summer When You Have Diabetes

Few experiences are more relaxing or liberating than walking barefoot on a beach. With the warm sand under your feet and the sounds of the waves lapping the shoreline, it’s no wonder that the ocean is one of the top nature sounds featured on meditation and relaxation apps.  This seemingly idyllic scene can quickly turn […]

Ease Your Family Vacation This Summer With Travel Medicine

Nothing regenerates you like taking some time off just to relax. No meetings. No deadlines to meet. No homework. No errands. Just you and your family and perhaps a babbling brook, a pristine beach, or an awesome theme park. Whether vacation to you means relaxing at a place close to home or an adventure across […]

Think You Have the Flu? Schedule a Sick Visit

In the United States, millions of people come down with the flu annually. Not only does it make you feel lousy, but also the illness seems to linger. The symptoms may start with a cough or a scratchy throat. Then comes the full-blown sore throat and headache. With each additional symptom, you think about whether […]

How Safe are X-Rays?

It’s difficult to feel sick and not know what’s wrong. Getting answers quickly so that you can get on the road to recovery is all you really want. That sounds simple enough, but in reality, your doctor sometimes needs to rule out possible conditions to learn more about what’s going on inside your body. That […]

How to Increase Your Good Cholesterol

Cholesterol is part of your body’s natural chemistry. However, more times than not when people talk about watching their cholesterol, they are talking about making good lifestyle choices to reduce bad cholesterol. This means saying no to processed foods or that decadent dessert.  What you may not know is that cholesterol is an important part […]

What to Expect During a DOT Physical

Commercial drivers have an important responsibility to safely transport people or products across the United States. When you think about travel and transportation safety, many people think about issues related to vehicle maintenance first, but perhaps the most important part of the equation is the “maintenance” and health of the vehicle’s driver. In the United […]

6 Types of Heart Disease and What Causes Them

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, an estimated 647,000 people die of heart disease each year. The statistics are even more astounding when you include the broader category of these life-threatening conditions known as cardiovascular diseases, which claim the life of one American every 37 seconds. The first thing […]

How to Decide When to Bring Your Sick Child to See a Doctor

The most difficult job to master in life is probably parenting. Heads of Fortune 500 companies have nothing on parents and guardians trying to figure out things like how to instill values and confidence while also keeping their children safe and healthy. Since children don’t come with a manual, parents simply learn as they go, […]

A Telemedicine Visit Offers Convenience and Comfort for Treating Winter Colds and Viruses

Have you been battling a winter cold for several days? If you’re wishing you didn’t have to hop in the car when you’re feeling sick, our staff at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic has a technology that might work for you. We offer telemedicine to our patients living in and around New Albany, Mississippi, so […]

RSV

This is one of only a few acronyms that strike fear in the heart of any parent, whether seasoned ones or first-timers. Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a very common illness that peaks during late Fall and Winter. Virtually every child has contracted the virus by 2 years old. Children and adults can be re-infected throughout […]

How to Manage Asthma During the Cold Dry Months of Winter

Asthma is a common condition that causes swollen or inflamed airways in your lungs. These changes can increase your sensitivity to things in your environment and cause your airways to narrow, making it difficult to breathe. Such episodes are known as asthma attacks and can vary in duration and severity. Common triggers of asthma attacks […]

10 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Heart

If you live a healthy lifestyle, you’re more likely to have a healthy heart. Heart health correlates closely to your overall health. In the spirit of February being named American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness of how to aim for heart health, here are 10 ways to do just that. Don’t smoke If […]

5 Vaccines Every Adult Should Have

Thanks to immunizations, Americans are largely protected against some very serious, and highly contagious, diseases before the age of 2. While many of these vaccines are designed to provide a lifetime of protection, there are some ongoing or additional immunizations adults should be aware of and stay on top of. At Internal Medicine & Pediatric […]

Effective Treatment Options For Hypertension

A preventable, yet very common and potentially dangerous condition, hypertension affects nearly 75 million Americans, or 1 in 3 adults. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about half of these people have their high blood pressure under control. And if you don’t control your hypertension, it could cost you […]

Child Immunizations 101: Well-Child Exams Checklist

A child’s body is constantly changing, from the time they’re born until they become young adults. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your child gets routine preventive exams (well-child exams) as they grow. These well-child exams will allow a pediatrician to detect any important health problems and monitor your child’s developmental progress. The […]

Differences Between Good and Bad Cholesterol

For years, doctors have told their patients to keep their “bad cholesterol” low and their “good cholesterol” high. But what are the differences between good and bad cholesterol, and why is each important? In this blog, the friendly health specialists at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, explain the differences. First, what […]

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes

Tens of millions of adults struggle with diabetes. If you don’t have the disease but you’re obese, you may be at an increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. You’re probably already aware that, left untreated, diabetes could lead to complications such as poor kidney function and an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and amputation of […]

Everything You Need to Know About Sports Concussions

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 812,000 children aged 17 or younger were treated in emergency medicine departments for concussions or traumatic brain injuries in 2014. If your child or teen participates in sports – especially in football, soccer, or ice hockey – it's essential to learn the signs of a […]

Most Common Health Issues for Infants

Whether you're a first-time parent or not, taking care of your precious, helpless infant is your most important job. Babies are usually resilient, but it's essential for you to know the warning signs of common health issues for infants. Knowing what symptoms to look for and what to do when your baby shows signs of an illness […]

How to Stay Active Despite Asthma

Staying active is an essential part of maintaining your physical and mental health. It may seem as though asthma is a good reason to avoid or stop exercising. If you suffer from shortness of breath, wheezing, or other disruptive symptoms, you might be reluctant to get back into a fitness routine. However, exercise for asthma […]

Helping Your Child Cope with an ADHD Diagnosis

ADHD — attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — causes children to get distracted easily, act impulsively, and have a lot of extra energy. The disorder can make simple situations feel like chaos for both parent and child, which is why it’s critical for parents to have coping techniques up their sleeves.  How is ADHD diagnosed?  ADHD […]

Why You Should Be Getting Vaccinated at Your Doctor’s Rather than Your Pharmacy

Getting vaccinated is an important investment in your good health -- and your child’s. You know that you should get an annual flu shot along with other immunizations your doctor recommends, and your child needs certain immunizations as well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You’ve probably seen that vaccinations are available in […]

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