Primary Care

Why You Need Health Checkups

Do you typically only schedule an appointment with a primary care provider when you're sick? If so, you're missing out. That's because seeing your provider when you feel healthy is one of the best ways to actually stay healthy. Why? Because these visits are a chance for your provider to make sure you're up-to-date on your screening tests and vaccines. That matters because screening tests can help find diseases early —from diabetes to certain cancers— when they're often easier to tr...

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11/18/2020 3:22:00 PM Comments(0)

Screenings that could save your life

When it comes to setting your healthcare priorities, these screenings should be at the top of your list. That's because these tests can detect potential issues at their earliest stages when they are most treatable. You should ask your primary care provider about these screenings, and scheduling a regimen that works for you particular needs. Women Breast cancer. An annual mammogram should begin at age 40, or maybe even earlier depending upon individual risks and family history. Cervical cancer. P...

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7/26/2019 1:03:00 PM Comments(0)

Internal Medicine Q & A with Georgette D. Farmer, ARNP-C

Georgette D. Farmer, ARNP-C assists patients of internal medicine specialist Dr. Stephen Swengros from Watson Clinic South at 1033 N. Parkway Frontage Rd. in Lakeland. Working together, these highly experienced medical providers offer a range of general primary care services, preventative screenings, and fast and comforting treatments for sick visits. They also honor same day appointments for established patients when a minor illness or injury demands more immediate attention. This service helps...

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5/22/2018 11:04:00 AM Comments(0)

5 Things Every College Student Should Know

Soon it will be the time of year when kids are heading off to college. Even before they hit the books, though, there are lessons to be learned. Here are five things to teach your college student before he or she leaves home: 1 . Get help for depression . Starting college is exciting, but some kids may get homesick, struggle to make friends and face difficult classwork. Remind your son or daughter that it's common to feel down occasionally. But if those feelings are ongoing or make it hard to fun...

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7/20/2015 3:41:00 PM Comments(0)

Stay Safe and Healthy at Work

Every good reason to work—pride, passion, camaraderie, money, personal growth—also is a great reason to keep yourself healthy and safe on the job. Here are 5 tried-and-true ways to reduce your risk of common workplace injuries and illnesses: 1. Fight colds and the flu. To help stop the spread of germs at work: • Sneeze and cough into a tissue; then throw the tissue away. • Wash your hands often, or use gel or disposable wipes that sanitize the hands. • ...

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4/15/2015 5:13:00 PM Comments(0)

A Good Laugh is Good Medicine

Did you hear the story about the fake noodles? Apparently, they were im-pastas. Hopefully, you just chuckled a bit—even if you did roll your eyes! If so, you may have done your health a favor. Research suggests that laughter is good for you. It may improve blood flow to the heart, boost your immune system and trigger the release of feel-good chemicals that can temporarily relieve pain. A hearty laugh can lessen physical tension and stress, and gentle humor can often help defuse a ten...

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4/15/2015 11:09:00 AM Comments(0)