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Coronavirus / COVID-19

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Following is information regarding symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Coronavirus. For up-to-date information, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, March 16, 2020 IF, you have A fever A cough Difficulty breathing (not a sore throat or upper congestion) or Close contact to a person who is under investigation or care for COVID-19 while that person was ill THEN, Please do NOT come to one of our offices Please CALL us regarding your symptoms and exposure history or VISIT www.fpca.net/virtual to initiate a virtual visit. We will contact the Frederick County Health Department on your behalf About Coronavirus Tests are in short…

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Daylight Savings Time

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What is it about one hour? It’s not like an entire day of traveling and adjusting to another time zone, it’s just ONE hour! Why do we struggle so much with Daylight Savings Time? Unlike some of my “morning people” friends and family, I was still tripping over my own feet trying to get a second cup of coffee several hours into the modified day. I enjoyed scrolling through social media while I waited for the caffeine to produce some efficacy, reading the memes and funny reactions people have to losing one hour of sleep. From pictures of Cher turning…

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The Importance of Self-Love

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I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but the hearts and confections make me think of a million other things than eating chocolate. It might be a result of not having a sweet tooth, or it could be life experiences, but instead of focusing on what the media and social culture are promoting, we might need to turn our attention to something equally as important as spreading love. I’m not trying to get mushy here, but “self-love” is necessary for good health. Hear me out. I took a poll in my office about what people define…

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Flu Vaccine – The Educated Guess

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If you have ever wondered how the flu vaccine is made, or better yet, determined as to what strain it will need to fight, here’s the scoop. From what I’ve uncovered, scientists consider it as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. These intense professionals spend countless hours and months closely observing and tracking flu patterns from all over the world and plug information into models to ultimately make an educated guess on how to develop the upcoming year’s vaccine. It’s never the same either. From year to year, everything must start from the beginning.  According to the experts,…

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Holiday Gloom

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Holiday cheer is everywhere! All over you’ll find festive lights, colorful decorations, a multitude of events going on with jovial characters dressed up in all kinds of costumes. Stores are swarming with gift-giving ideas and even the grumpiest of shoppers will venture into conversation with someone new while waiting in the long lines. It’s the season of celebrations and happiness is being sprinkled around like confetti! Except it’s not always glitter for everyone. This time of year is especially hard for those who have lost loved ones. In the medical field, we see the unfortunate side of how difficult the…

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Fatigue & What Might Be Causing It

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There’s quite a hype over smart watches, especially with the gift-giving season quickly approaching. The enthusiasm over easily accessible communication keeps the tech world in high-demand of keeping up with the need for instant gratification. One thing these gadgets are being used for is tracking sleep. If you’re anything like me, you don’t need a contraption to tell you how tired you might be after a night of tossing and turning! Just stumbling to the coffee pot is evidence enough. However, I am one of millions of Americans who own a fitness tracking device that monitors my sleep patterns, or…

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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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Truth be told, I’d trade all the pumpkin spice in the world for a little more summer, but not everyone agrees. Even the temperature seems to have dropped overnight. We’ve traded iced coffee for pumpkin lattes and the pumpkin craze has gotten out of control, right down to chicken wing sauce. Yes, you read that correctly. According to Fox Business, the top 5 most bizarre fall-themed products are pumpkin ale chicken wing sauce, pumpkin spice latte burger, pumpkin spice hummus shake, pumpkin spiced Pringles and a pumpkin and feta chicken wrap. If we could phase out the sugar mixed in…

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Cooler Temps and Better Sleep

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The market for cooling technology is booming! From gel-infused memory foam and latex involved in pillow production, to mattresses and mattress toppers made from environmentally sustainable fibers like Lyocell (https://www.simplififabric.com/pages/lyocell), the world of temperature regulated sleep is at the click of the order link. Let’s be honest, we don’t all go to the local mattress store to bounce from bed to bed searching for the perfect back support anymore. We now jump online, order and unpack a king size mattress folded into a box smaller than a microwave. And magically, in 24 hours, it’s ready for slumber. There’s a really…

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Heat Wave

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A popular mobile weather app earlier this week sent a red alert message out to our area, and it’s continued for several days. Excessive Heat Watch. If you scroll down a little more, the details are quite alarming. According to The Weather Channel, an Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures is possible. To paint a clearer picture of what we’re in for in the mid-Atlantic area, here are a few more specifics: *Heat Index Values…Potentially 110 to 115 degrees each afternoon.  *Impacts…Dangerously high temperatures and humidity could quickly cause heat stress or heat stroke…

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Dementia’s Dialect

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It’s the bottom of the 10th inning in game 6 of the World Series. The team hasn’t won in 68 years and are holding a 3 to 2 game lead, and up by 1 run. We all know what happens next. The ball gets shot straight down to first base where 16 year veteran, Bill Buckner attempts to catch it for the win and instead, the ball rolls right through his legs. That crucial mistake cost the Red Sox another 18 years without a World Series win. Although Bill wasn’t just known for this costly mistake. He had a career…

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