Is Your Home Poison-Proof?

Children under age six account for half of all poison exposures. Poisoning is preventable and treatable. When baby-proofing your home, make sure you are poison-proofing it as well. How to poison-proof your home Know what is poisonous. Chemicals and cleaning products are on the list. But don’t forget: Medications (including prescription, over-the-counter and vitamins) Cosmetics…

Screen for Colon Cancer In Your Own Home

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Screening and early detection are the biggest allies against colon cancer and many testing options now exist. While a colonoscopy is still the standard screening test, Cologuard® can be an alternative at-home option. Cologuard® is a prescription-based noninvasive colon cancer screening test available for adults ages 50 and…

Ways To Encourage Healthy Food Options

Raising food smart kids can sometimes be a battle. Parents can help kids make healthy nutritional choices through some simple, effective steps. Make healthy food easily accessible. Kids tend to grab the crackers and cookies from the pantry because it’s easy. Make fruits and vegetables just as simple to access. Keep apples in a visible…

Early Detection is the Key To Fighting Colon Cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Piedmont HealthCare encourages all of its patients to recognize the signs of colon cancer and get regular screening to detect abnormal or cancerous cells, leading to a higher treatment success rate. Colon Cancer Symptoms Many colon cancer symptoms mimic those of other intestinal or bowel disorders. Schedule an appointment…

PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management Works Toward Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

PHC – Internal Medicine & Weight Management has implemented several quality improvement projects throughout 2016 and 2017.  The practice worked to improve in the following areas: Decrease in number of patients in need of a Prevnar vaccination – improved scores by 17.8%.  Decrease in number of patients in need of a Pneumovax vaccination – improved…

What is Causing Your Chronic Gastritis (And How Can You Treat It)?

Chronic gastritis occurs when the stomach lining becomes inflamed. People may experience no symptoms or a dull, persistent stomachache. Knowing the root cause of your gastritis helps identify treatment options. Upon examination that includes a medical history and possible tests, your doctor will diagnose you with one of three types of gastritis: Type A occurs…