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Q&A about This Year's (Ineffective) Flu Shot

Have you treated anyone for influenza yet this season? The flu is just beginning to rear it's ugly head. Body aches, fevers and coughs are making their way across the country. Unfortunately, we may have little help fighting influenza this season as even in the early days of flu season it looks like this year's vaccine will be largely ineffective. 

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Answering Your Patient's Questions About Ebola

As if the pictures of the deadly disease ominously referred to as hemorrhagic fever aren't enough, Ebola has made its way into the United States. For those of you living in a cave that haven't seen the headlines splashed across your TV screen, yes, the first case of the deadly virus has been diagnosed in the United States. Understandably, people are concerned. Will the virus spread?

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Tartare Trouble! What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about Tuna

I don't always cover each of my news segments on MidlevelU as I figure you all as medical providers are aware of the information at hand. But, in reviewing studies, government recommendations, and yes, even a few EPA reports in decoding Consumer Report's most recent recommendations for this Saturday's Fox and Friends appearance, I learned some intriguing information about, well, tuna. I thought you might be interested as well. 

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Sleeping Pill Use and Insomnia on the Rise

If you were sleeping at 6:52am this past Sunday morning and didn't catch my Fox and Friends segment, you probably aren't one of the nearly 50% of Americans who struggles with insomnia.  A new study shows that use of sleeping pills is on the rise in the United States and with this increased use of sleeping pills comes more side effects.

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What's Really in that Cocktail? Hidden Sugars Abound in Alcoholic Beverages

Guess what?!  I'm back on Fox and Friends this Sunday morning (time to be announced...you really should watch the entire show anyway).  This weekend I will be talking about hidden sugars in alcoholic beverages.  Did you know that even something as seemingly low cal as a gin and tonic packs five-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar per serving?  

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Getting Creative with Going Generic

The word "generic" conjures blah, boring images.  It seems synonymous with "mediocre", like the Fruity O's my mom used to buy instead of Fruit Loops or the off-brand peanut butter cups that never satisfy quite like a Reese's.  But, when it comes to medications if we are willing to forgo colorful packaging and flashy marketing, often we can get the same product at a much lower price. 

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What's Up With the Media Attention on Vitamins and Supplements?

Vitamins have taken a beating in the media before, but the current public outcry against vitamins and supplements seems to carry more weight.  Millions of Americans take vitamins or supplements on a regular basis, but are these pills doing more harm than good?  Some recent studies have even suggested that vitamins and supplements may be harmful to your health.  Is it time for you to reevaluate your nutritional supplement regimen?

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Can You Lose Your Fingerprints?

Did you know that in some cases you can actually lose your fingerprints?  Yesterday I had the opportunity to discuss the issue on Gretchen Carlson's show, The Real Story along with Fox and Friends host and tech guru Clayton Morris.  As our world becomes more and more high tech, losing your fingerprints can be a big problem.  

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Insurers Cutting Pay to Medical Providers- What Does This Mean for Patients and Providers?

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an article titled "Insurers Cut Doctor's Fees in New Health-Care Plans".  As a nurse practitioner, alarms began to sound in my head upon reading this headline.  Don't mess with my paycheck! 

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New Feature! Patient Corner

Being a runner, a health food aficionado and of course a nurse practitioner, healthy living tips and tricks are some of my favorite discussion topics.  Ask me about my latest health food faves and I can talk your ear off.  How to get started as a runner? I've got loads of advice.  As a nurse practitioner, my interests extend to useful (and not so useful) medical knowledge and health advice.  I enjoy sharing my latest healthy living tips and tricks with friends, family, patients, and lately in the media.  

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