Category Archives: Health Conditions and Illness

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What is Walking Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an inflammation of one or both of the lung’s air sacs. The sacs can become filled with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breath and producing a phlegmy cough. This condition is typically a complication of a respiratory infection, though it can be caused by a variety of germs, including bacteria, viruses, […]

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How contagious are you when you have a cold or flu?

Feeling a bit under the weather? Thinking of taking a sick day? Understanding some of the basics of cold and flu can help make it clear when to stay home to help keep contagions at bay. Cold and flu: 101 The common cold is caused by a group of viruses called rhinoviruses, named as such because of their […]

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Reasons You Could Be Short of Breath

Being short of breath is a common complaint among many. It is also a difficult diagnostic challenge. And like fatigue, upset stomach or dizziness, there are many things that can cause you to have short breath. If you ever have breathing difficulties, you should always discuss the problems with your physician, especially if you have […]

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Preventing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a quiet epidemic that currently affects about 10 million Americans, with another 18 million at serious risk for developing the condition in their lifetimes. Fortunately, there are preventive measures to avoid this slowly progressing metabolic bone disease. The significance of these strategies is best understood after an overview of the dynamic process of […]

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Holidays and Heart Attacks

The most joyous time of year can be the deadliest for people who are prone to or have heart disease. While the jury is still out on why exactly heart attacks spike in December and January, the research proves that there are more cardiac deaths during these months. At first, researchers attributed the rise to […]

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Making Men’s Health a Priority

June is National Men’s Health Month. Men tend to care about other things in their life, like electronics, sports, or cars, more than their health. For example, a man would know what the make and model of his first car was before he could ever tell you when his last doctor’s visit was. But men’s […]

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How Stress Affects Your Health

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is a normal part of life, and as bad as it sounds you can benefit from it in small, well balanced amounts. Our bodies have an innate natural defense system that helps protect us from potential danger, but, after a certain level of activity it stops being useful […]

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February is National Heart Health Month

To raise awareness of the growing number of Cardiovascular Disease deaths in the U.S., former President John F. Kennedy motioned that the month of February be designated as “National Heart Health Month”. Since 1963 the leading cause of death in the United States is from heart disease and stroke (1 in 3), that’s equal to […]

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Folic Acid- Not Just for Women

January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month, and the first full week of January is National Folic Acid Week. Dr. Zack at Johns Creek Family Medicine, serving patients from communities in South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties, and surrounding North Atlanta area, would like to share the importance of folic acid for all of their patients. […]

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Practice Preventative Health Etiquette During Cold and Flu Season

There is no doubt about it. We are now in cold and flu season. In fact, this year, even with the flu vaccine, people are still developing all sorts of variations of colds, flu and upper respiratory infections. Respiratory bacterial infections and viruses affect the nose, throat and lungs; they include the flu, colds, bronchitis […]

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