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  • 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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  • 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 Is the Most Effective Form or Method of Birth Control?

    Primary Care Associates of Texas wants you to be healthy and strong, and that includes practicing safer sex and knowing your birth control options for optimum wellness. Whether you have never had a child, or you’ve conceived before but are not looking to grow your family at the moment, you have plenty of options for birth control. However, it’s worth noting that not all forms of birth control are ...
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  • How Often Should I Be Tested for STDs?

    It’s something everyone should take seriously: sexual health. In fact, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 20 million new sexually-transmitted diseases are diagnosed every year. This means you are at high risk of contracting an infection or virus if you have unsafe sex (sex without a condom), especially with multiple partners. If you are sexually active, ...
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  • The Importance of Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene

    Do you know about the profound impact sleep has on mental and physical health, as well as overall quality of life? By good sleeping habits, also called sleep hygiene, you can improve your health, mood, and daytime productivity. The term “sleep hygiene,” according to the National Sleep Foundation , is a variety of habits you can incorporate into your routine to achieve better sleep quality and ...
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  • Over-the-Counter Medications to Avoid While Pregnant

    As you prepare for the arrival of your new son or daughter, you are likely wondering whether you should change your medication regimen. Keep in mind that there are a wide variety of over-the-counter (OTC) medications that may increase your child’s risk of injury, birth defects, or developmental issues, and it is imperative to their wellbeing that you talk to your doctor about which medications to ...
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  • Signs You May Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Are your bowel movements a persistent source of discomfort, embarrassment, and pain? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is also commonly referred to as a spastic colon. Many people with IBS experience severe abdominal pain and other forms of gastric uneasiness so intense that they take a tolls on affected persons’ work, social lives, and ...
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  • Monitoring Your COPD

    What Is COPD? The abbreviation “COPD” refers to a condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, which is a blanket term that refers to a handful of progressive and incurable lung diseases, including: Chronic bronchitis Emphysema Refractory asthma As time goes on, people with COPD have increasing difficulty breathing and their airways become progressively thicker and less flexible due to ...
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  • Do I Really Need a Primary Care Doctor?

    3 Reasons to See a Primary Care Physician on a Regular Basis Recent reports reveal that approximately 25% of millennials in the United States do not have a primary care doctor. However, it is much more challenging to navigate your ever-developing health and any issues that may arise if you don’t have a primary physician with whom you consult on a regular basis. Here are the top 3 reasons everyone ...
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  • Why You Should Make Allergy Screening Part of Your Annual Checkup

    Allergies Are Very Common More than 50 million people in the United States have allergies. We develop allergies because of our environment, genetics, and sometimes as a result of other conditions that may seem unrelated. Common allergies include: Peanuts Tree nuts Milk and dairy products Fish and shellfish Pollen Latex Pets (cats, dogs, birds, etc.) Allergies Can Interfere with Your Life in Sneaky ...
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  • Diabetes Primary Care in Texas

    Although diabetes is a common condition affecting nearly 26 million people in the United States, that does not mean that it isn’t a serious condition. If left untreated or not properly managed, diabetes can lead to other health complications including eye damage, hearing impairment, skin conditions, nerve damage, and damage to internal organs. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is ...
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  • Dry Eyes: Causes and Treatments

    Most people have experienced dry eyes at one time or another. Some experience dry eyes after staring at a computer screen for long hours, while others burn the midnight oil and start to feel the discomfort. While dry eyes aren’t usually a cause for concern, it can make things difficult. For example, those who suffer from dry eyes might have light sensitivity and have trouble driving at night. ...
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  • Choosing the Right Doctor

    Finding a new doctor is rarely easy. Your primary care physician will be ensuring your health remains as steady as possible, which means he or she needs to be observant and skilled. Likewise, he or she will see you at your worst, most likely, so you want to be comfortable with the person who will be treating you for your common colds, flu symptoms, and eye infections. Also, if you’re having ...
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  • Which Vaccines Should Seniors Receive?

    Immunizations are important for individuals of all ages, especially for seniors whose immune systems have weakened with age. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, immunizations can help prevent diseases that could pose some potentially severe consequences for seniors. Unfortunately, research shows that most Americans over the age of 60 fail to get all the inoculations they need to ...
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  • How to Spot a Sinus Infection

    Sinus infections are incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, causing swollen and inflamed nasal cavities along with a whole other host of symptoms that can disrupt a person’s everyday routine. These infections can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or even fungus, though this tends to be a rarity. Allergies, nasal polyps, and tooth infections can also contribute to sinus pain and symptoms. Here ...
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  • Are Energy Drinks Bad for Your Heart?

    Energy drinks are quite popular these days, as they are marketed to give you a safe jolt of energy. While people routinely ingest energy drinks as a means of staying awake and alert, there is a hidden danger to consuming these beverages. As of 2017, there has been a substantial rise in emergency visits and even fatalities due to the intake of energy drinks. In fact, these drinks are far more ...
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  • The Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

    We all know sleeping is the most important thing you can do for your health, and many of us even enjoy taking a nap every once in a while. However, with our lives busier than ever, we may find it difficult to disconnect from all of our distractions to get a full night’s sleep. While we may feel this is normal and that our bodies can handle a moderate lack of sleep, quite the opposite is true. ...
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