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We pack Family Physicians Group’s health blog with valuable medical tips and research you can immediately use to improve your health. From disease prevention and symptom recognition to important updates about our medical community, you get the latest wellness information that lets you take charge of your health. 

FPG is Senior-Centered Medicine

Seniors deserve special care. That’s why FPG opened its first medical center more than 30 years ago dedicated to senior-centered health and wellness care. Read More
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Primary Care, Urgent Care or ER?

Nobody knows your health history better than your primary care doctor, so in most cases your first choice for care is your family doctor. Your primary care physician is the most cost-effective method of care, but there are situations that may arise which require other options. Read More
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Ladies: Get a Mammogram

The single greatest cause of breast cancer is age, so that’s why annual mammograms are so important for your well-being. Did you know that mammograms actually can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them? If this isn’t reason enough to convince you to get your annual screening here are some more incentives. Read More
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Be Heart Smart. Get Your Heart Screened.

Heart disease (a catchall term including heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one killer in the United States, killing hundreds of thousands of us every year. Many Americans have gone their entire lives without knowing their risk of heart disease and without changing their behavior to manage it. Family Physicians Group, and really the entire medical community, would like to change that. Read More
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Healthy Aging Means Prevention

Did you know that seniors no longer have to pay for preventive health screenings? Read More
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FPG is a Top Practice in the United States

Recently, Family Physicians Group was honored to be named by the Peterson Center on Healthcare as one of the top practices in the entire country. The Washington D.C. organization consisting of many of the nation’s top health care and business leaders, analyzed data from 15,000 doctor’s offices across the United States and found Family Physicians Group to be one of the 11 best. Read More
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FPG Provides America's Most Valuable Care

Family Physicians Group with Founder and President of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Nayana Vyas, were chosen by the Peterson Center on Healthcare as a provider of America's Most Valuable Care. This incredible honor is explained in the video below, created by the Peterson Center on Healthcare: Read More
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Prevent Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is usually indiscriminate. It affects 1 in 6 men in the United States and it is critical all men over 50 receive annual screenings, which are provided at no-cost to you at Family Physicians Group. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Are you at risk for prostate cancer? If you are a man, you have a 1 in 6 chance you will develop prostate cancer at some point during your lifetime, with the odds increasing as you grow older. It's imperative you are checked for prostate cancer on a regular basis. Read More
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Medical Alert Awareness Month

What will you do if you are in a medical emergency and cannot speak? How will the paramedics and doctors know about your medications and your preexisting conditions? Read More
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Cataract Awareness

August is Cataract Awareness Month and with more than 24 million Americans suffering needlessly from cataracts, here is some information from the non-profit group Prevent Blindness America: There are currently more than 24 million Americans age 40 and older who have cataract, according to the Vision Problems in the U.S. report from Prevent Blindness America. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Read More
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Flu Shots: Facts vs. Myths

We always hear from patients worried about getting a flu vaccine. After all, the flu has been around for our entire lifetimes and most of us have had the flu at some point. Today, however, fighting the flu is simple and safe. Here are four common myths of the flu and the flu shot from the Vermont Health Department. There should be no excuses to get your flu show as soon as they are available, and at FPG they are available now! Read More
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Get Protected From the Flu

While the number of people infected year to year varies, up to 40 percent of the entire population in the United States can be infected by the flu each year. Of those, 100,000 to 200,000 will be admitted to the hospital and approximately 36,000 will die. The flu is even more serious in seniors as the rate of hospitalization doubles for people older than 65. Read More
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Troubling News on Niacin

A recent study released in The New England Journal of Medicine reveals troubling news for patients taking niacin, a drug prescribed to patients with high cholesterol. Despite lowering LDL and triglyceride levels, and raising HDL levels, niacin did not improve overall vascular health and did not reduce adverse vascular events (such as myocardial infarction, cardiac death, stroke, or cardiac stenting) in patients already on statin therapy. Read More
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Debate over Electronic Cigarettes

Medical professionals, politicians and more are engaged in a debate over electronic cigarettes. While it may not seem like a big deal to non-smokers, manufacturers say it is critical for smokers who use e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking tobacco. Nearly 480,000 individuals die every year from smoking, making it the largest cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Read More
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Smart Eyes-On Glasses Improves Patient Care

New innovative medical technology is improving patient care while reducing medical errors. In the United States, the federal government has taken action to develop and to enforce the use of innovative Healthcare IT solutions including Electronic Medical Record System and other secure healthcare technologies. In a previous article on our blog, we looked at Google Glass Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses a new technology that will improve patient's eyesight while also monitoring glucose levels effortlessly. Read More
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Good Foot Health to Prevent Falls

One in three seniors aged 65 and older will fall this year; however, research has shown that proper foot health is an effective strategy to prevent falls amongst seniors. Research conducted at University health sciences clinic in Melbourne, Australia found 36% fewer falls in seniors who received podiatry treatment for minor foot problems. Read More
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April is Foot Health Awareness Month

Approximately twenty percent of the U.S. population will experience at least one-foot problem this year according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Family Physicians Group recommends the following tips to help you keep your feet and ankles healthy from unnecessary pain and suffering. Read More
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Start your New Year with a Wellness visit

It’s the beginning of the year, so now is the time to schedule your annual “Wellness visit”. The Affordable Care Act created new prevention and wellness benefits for all Medicare patients. One of these new provisions is the once-a-year “Wellness” visit, but this is not what you or your doctors think of as an annual exam. Read More
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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease - also called CAD- is the most common type of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death in the US. It can be a subtle disease that is easily missed by many people. Read More
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Seniors and Alcoholism

Statistically, the use of alcohol and other drugs decline as people grow older, however a sizable percentage of today’s older adults are drinking more. It is estimated that nine percent of Medicare beneficiaries’ age 65 or older consume more than the recommended amount of alcohol. Read More
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Cervical Cancer Prevention for Older Woman

Cancer is the leading cause of death among seniors and cervical cancer is the number two killer of woman worldwide. The older you get the risk of getting cancer including cervical cancer increases. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus, called the humanpapilloma virus (HPV), so older woman are still at risk. Read More
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Make 2014 a Healthier Year!

It’s almost time for 2014! I’ve got big plans for the New Year and a new resolution. Have you picked a New Year’s resolution, yet? Maybe you should make it about your health, like I am. Read More
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How to safely manage your medications!

Medications play a more important role in our lives, as we grow older. When properly managed, prescription and nonprescription medications can help seniors live longer and healthier lives. However, medications can also bring many safety concerns for aging seniors. Read More
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The Role of a Nephrologist

There’s a reason the human body has two kidneys even though it can function with just one. It’s because they’re very important and play a vital role in the internal body. If your kidney isn’t in perfect working order, toxins will build up in your body and create all kinds of health problems. When it comes to your kidney’s you don’t want to take any chances. Read More
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Advice to Help you find a Good Endocrinologist

When it comes to your health, you want to know that they’re you are getting the best possible care. Even though your physician is great, it doesn’t mean they are a good fit for all conditions. You want to make sure the person watching over your endocrine system specializes in Endocrinology. Read More
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Get Natural Help from an Osteopathy Doctor

Just because you need some medical help, there’s nothing that states you have to take all kinds of pills or get surgical treatment. One form of medicine, Osteopathy, focuses on healing the body and the mind without the use of drugs and invasive medical techniques. Read More
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Quitting Smoking?

You’re considering quitting smoking, and that’s a great first step. Next, you’ll want to seek out resources to help you quit for good. If you are a senior you may remember the anti smoking commercial called “Like Father, Like Son” which first aired in 1967 and ran until 1982. If you don’t remember the original PSA we have provided the video to trigger your memory. Read More
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How to Cope with Depression During the Holiday Season

Ordinarily, the holiday season is a time of celebration and togetherness. But there are those who find it to be a very difficult time of the year. Read More
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What is a Podiatrist?

When you have a sprained ankle or top of the foot bump, your family doctor should be able to help, but if you have a more severe problem that makes it difficult for you to walk and feel comfortable, you need to seek out more advanced care. You need to find a good podiatrist. Read More
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What is Glaucoma and Why Should You Get Tested?

Ensure your independence and wellbeing by utilizing preventative care. Driving is a privilege that many seniors don’t want to give up, but we all know the time will come when it’s no longer safe to operate a vehicle. Read More
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Medicare now covers Obesity screening & counseling

It is estimated that around 30 percent of all Medicare recipients are obese, which can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Maybe you or someone you know is one of these individuals who have struggled with weight issues. Read More
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How does a patient portal work?

A key tenant of health care reform is giving patients more power in their health care decisions and an online patient portal is one of the key elements to giving that power to patients. Read More
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Arterial Hypertension

Arterial hypertension afflicts 30% of adults. It is defined by a resting systolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 140 or a diastolic blood pressure of greater than or equal to 90, verified by at least one other high reading. Read More
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Medicare now includes wellness visits. What does that mean for you?

Traditionally, our health care system has been one where doctors fix health problems. For instance, when you are sick, you go to the doctor for medicine. When you break a bone, you go to the hospital for a cast. Read More
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What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home and what does that mean to you?

Today's health care is broken into many different parts. If you are sick, you visit a doctor. If you have a serious disease, you visit a specialist. If you need urgent care, you visit a hospital. If you need a prescription, you visit a pharmacy. Read More
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Prostate Cancer Screenings Save Lives

What do you think, feel or see when you hear the words prostate cancer? If you’re like me just hearing the words trigger my body to cringe as my thoughts go to a friend who battled the disease for years. While not everyone has experienced this type of tragedy statistics do indicate that someone you know has or has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Read More
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Remember to Get a Flu Shot

It would be ideal if our body’s immune system strengthened with age, but unfortunately studies have shown the opposite to be true. As people age, their immune system weakens, making them more susceptible to the flu. Read More
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is a time to donate and wear pink in honor to those who lost the battle to breast cancer. It is also a time for prevention and early detection and with pinktober just around the corner Family Physicians Group has scheduled special Breast Health Talks with Dr. Torres from SimonMed. Read More
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