Blog Posts in 2019

  • Why the HPV Vaccine Is Important

    Every year, more than 33,000 people are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV , most notably cervical cancer. HPV, short for “human papillomavirus,” is a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection. The vaccine is intended for children under the age of 14, and although it is optional, parents are strongly encouraged to vaccinate their children against HPV. While it’s understandable some parents ...
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  • What You Should Know About Your Family Health History

    Although most know the key to reducing your risk of disease is to eat a healthy diet, get physical exercise, and minimize your alcohol intake, one of the strong influences of getting any given disease is your family health history. Blood relatives share more in common than a similar appearance. While you can clearly see you inherited your mother’s dimples or your father’s blue eyes, there are ...
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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Part 2: I Tested Positive for BRCA. What Now?

    During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Primary Care Associates of Texas is taking a closer look at the BRCA gene mutation that can cause breast cancer. In part 1 of our series (" What Is the Breast Cancer Gene? "), we explained what the gene is, and in the second and final installment of our blog series, we will explain how you can proactively manage your risk of developing breast cancer after ...
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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Part 1: What Is the Breast Cancer Gene?

    During Breast Cancer Awareness Month , we will examine the answer to a common question among women: “What is the breast cancer gene?” To understand what it is, it helps to have some background information about what DNA is, and how genes pass along hereditary information from one generation to the next. What Are Genes? Genes are small sections of the DNA that are the “code” for individual traits, ...
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  • Preparing for Flu Season, Part 2: Myths and Facts About the Flu Shot

    Last week, we discussed why it’s important to be vaccinated against the flu . This week we’ll discuss common myths that float around about the flu shot, and what you can do to be prepared for this year's flu season. There are many falsehoods that circulate about the flu shot, including: MYTH : You can actually get the flu from having the flu shot. FACT: The virus is inactive in the flu vaccine, ...
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  • Preparing for Flu Season, Part 1: Should I Get the Flu Shot?

    Flu season is about to rear its ugly head, starting in October and lasting through the beginning of the spring season. Nearly 1 million Americans were hospitalized over the course of last year’s influenza (“flu”) season, making it more critical than ever to be vaccinated with the flu shot. The flu isn’t just an inconvenient illness – it also caused 80,000 deaths last year. Why it’s Important to be ...
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  • Is Vaping Less Harmful Than Smoking Cigarettes?

    Tobacco companies are well aware that conventional cigarette smoking isn’t as popular as it once was. Enter: the “vape.” While it is well-known that smoking cigarettes harms nearly every bodily organ, and leads to more than 7 million deaths worldwide every year , vaping is still a question mark for many. Is it harmful? Is it safe? Almost everyone is aware that cigarettes are dangerous, as they ...
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  • What Are Healthy Gut Bacteria?

    When you hear the term “bacteria,” you may immediately think it is something to be avoided. Not so fast! Yes, bacteria on the outside of your body should often be avoided, as it can cause serious infections, those found inside the body can actually protect against it. Although bacteria still catches a bad rep, you may not be aware these tiny microbes found in your stomach and intestines can ...
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  • Understanding End-of-Life Care

    Each story is different when it comes to how our lives end. For some, death comes suddenly and with little to no warning, and others may linger and gradually fade. Some elderly people face a weakening body, while their mind is still alert. On the other side of the coin, some remain physically fit, yet they are cognitively impaired. End-of-life care describes the emotional support and medical care ...
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  • Why You Should Wear Compression Stockings on Long Flights

    You’ve been looking forward to that vacation for months, and you made sure to pack everything just so. You got your travel insurance, any necessary vaccinations, picked up the essential supplies, and you double checked that you had packed everything. After all, if you want to enjoy your getaway without having to worry about a thing, it takes some advanced planning. However, your plans might be ...
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  • Is it Psoriasis or Eczema?

    Have dry, scaly skin woes? Maybe an itchy rash? A simple online search may give you dozens of answers as to what could be causing your skin condition. Two possible culprits for red, itchy skin are psoriasis and eczema. Many people can’t tell the difference between the two with the naked eye alone, but psoriasis and eczema have distinct causes and treatments. The Basic Differences Between Psoriasis ...
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  • Herd Immunity and Why You Should Vaccinate

    Health authorities urge the public to vaccinate because the more people who are vaccinated, the less likely communicable diseases are to spread or return to a typically unaffected population. Being vaccinated protects more than just the patient being immunized. In fact, being properly vaccinated cuts the risk of catching a contagious disease for everyone else around you, including your family, ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between a Cold Sore and a Canker Sore?

    Some use the terms “cold sore” and “canker sore” interchangeably, but they are not the same. While both are pesky and painful mouth sores and seem to appear spontaneously, this is where the similarities between the two end. What Are Cold Sores? Cold sores, also called fever blisters or the herpes simplex virus I (HSV-1), are a viral infection. Infections generally appear outside the mouth or on ...
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  • Good Nutrition: Why It’s More than Counting Calories and Carbs

    Most of us instantly recognize the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but not everyone is aware it has been defunct since 2005 . In fact, those nutritional guidelines were later viewed as flawed, hard to follow, and lacking appropriate nutritional balance. Also, the chart made no differentiation between types of grains, proteins, dairy, fruits, and ...
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  • What Ever Happened to the Food Pyramid?

    Many of us who were of reading age in the year 1992 remember the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Guide Pyramid. The classic pyramid image of dividing grains, dairy, meats, fruits, vegetables, and items that should be eaten only sparingly at the tip-top of the pyramid became engrained in the American public’s minds. People complained about the fact that the 1992 Food Guide Pyramid ...
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