When Your Doctor Is Booked, Try an N.P. or P.A.

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When you go to your doctor’s office, do you sometimes see a provider with N.P. or P.A. after their name?

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act recognized both nurse practitioners (N.P.) and physician assistants (P.A.) as primary care providers. As demand for health care grows in the U.S., these advanced care practitioners (ACPs) will become more and more important.


Beat the Heat!

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One of the most common issues we all can face in a heatwave is a heat-related illness.

Your body has a natural cooling system that is always working to maintain a safe temperature. Sweating helps your body cool down, but when you are exposed to high temperatures and the sun for a long time—working or exercising outdoors, for example—your cooling system has to work harder.

In that situation, your body sends more blood to your skin—and away from your muscles, brain and other organs. That can lead to a heat illness.


Tips on Ticks!

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This time of year is the perfect time to get outside and explore the great outdoors.

Hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing…the outdoor possibilities are endless, especially in our region.

But spending time in nature is not without its risks. One common issue in our region, and across the U.S., is ticks.

If you spend any amount of time outside this summer, you will probably find a tick on your clothes or skin at some point. But don’t panic.


To Swab or Not To Swab

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The verdict is in: don’t stick a cotton swab in your ear! Or anything else, for that matter.

As satisfying as it may be to try to clean your ears with a cotton swab, the reality is, you’re not really cleaning them at all. You’re pushing the wax in deeper, which can eventually cause damage and hearing loss.

Cotton swabs push more than 90 percent of earwax deeper than it belongs, to where it can’t get out. 


Don't Fry! Prevent Skin Cancer

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Today, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, but you don’t have to become a statistic.
As we head into summer, Mariana A. Phillips, M.D., Carilion Clinic Dermatology and Mohs Surgery, shares her top tips to help protect your skin, as well as what to keep an eye on in regards to changes in your skin.
3 Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy



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