Piedmont HealthCare Sailview Family Medicine Clinic Earns Highest PCMH Recognition Level

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Piedmont HealthCare – Sailview Family Medicine of Mooresville, NC, earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition Level 3 for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information…

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Is It Bowel Disease or Lactose Intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is a condition where the body can’t properly digest lactose, the sugar found in milk and dairy products. Lactose intolerance symptoms are very similar to those of bowel diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and colitis. But the cause, diagnosis and treatment are different. Like patients with an irritable bowel…

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Cold Weather Remedies For Psoriasis

Many psoriasis patients experience worsening symptoms in the fall and winter. There are actually two theories as to why this happens: Cold, dry air: When there’s less humidity the skin doesn’t retain moisture as well. Tiny cracks and fissures develop on the skin’s surface and psoriasis patches can appear. Stress: Stress is also a trigger…

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Causes and Treatment Options For Vaginal Dryness and Incontinence

Vaginal dryness and incontinence are two common problems women experience. While the root causes differ, a new non-surgical procedure, ThermiVa®, safely and effectively treats both conditions in a simple in-office procedure. What causes vaginal dryness? Reduced estrogen production is the main cause of vaginal dryness. Estrogen is a female hormone that maintains normal vaginal lubrication, tissue…

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Piedmont HealthCare – Harlan M. Hicks, M.D. Earns Highest PCMH Recognition Level

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Piedmont HealthCare – Harlan M. Hicks, M.D. of Statesville, NC, earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition Level 3 for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and…

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How to Treat Earwax Buildup

To get rid of earwax buildup, soften the earwax using over-the-counter products such as mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, baby oil or glycerin. Earwax removal kits are also available that can get rid of excessive earwax. Never put a hard object (cotton swab) into the ear to remove the wax. Doing so can push the wax…

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