Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates

Anxiety may be a mental health issue, but it can cause physical pain. Here’s what you should know

Research from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests that an estimated 5.7 % of American adults experience generalized anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. When comparing the numbers of adults who have experienced anxiety in the past year, there is a higher prevalence in women (2.7%) than in men (1.9%) Research has…

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Gynecology, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Primary Care, Womens Health

Why having a regular primary care provider and a gynecologist is a good idea

You need a primary care physician and a gynecologist, because while each can address a broad range of issues, each has specialized experience to make sure you get the right care when you need it. Both can perform basic health assessments, write prescriptions, and provide flu shots or other immunizations. Most insurance plans cover an…

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Brand Feature, Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Equity inclusion belonging, Norton Community Medical Associates

100% bilingual practice supports Spanish-speaking patients

Long before becoming the practice manager at a bilingual medical office, Carolina Tafur knew the importance of patients being able to communicate with their medical provider. “As a first-generation American, I grew up seeing the language barrier in every aspect of my life. My sister and I were the translators for my parents at their…

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Endocrinology, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

How to manage diabetic leg pain and other symptoms of diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood sugar levels damage nerves — often in the legs and feet — resulting in pain and numbness. Diabetic neuropathy has no known cure, but treatment can bring relief and slow the progression of nerve damage. Monitoring and maintaining your blood sugar within the target range with guidance from your…

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Endocrinology, Norton Community Medical Associates

Frequent eye exams are key to identifying and treating diabetic retinopathy before it causes blindness

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is caused by damage to the small blood vessels in the retina, located in the back of the eye. High blood sugar over time increases the risk of diabetic retinopathy. There are several stages of DR, and higher stages  eventually can lead to blindness. The good news is that the progression can…

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Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now, Norton Primary Care

Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be a dangerous condition and is spread by ticks. Here’s what you need to know.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a disease caused by bacteria carried by ticks. The bacteria spreads to humans through a bite from a tick. What kind of tick causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever? Ticks in Kentucky include wood ticks and dog ticks. Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks, but is fairly uncommon in…

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Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

UTI or a kidney stone? Symptoms similar, and both need to be checked out

A urinary tract infection (UTI) and kidney stones can have similar painful symptoms, and while it’s important to know the difference, any pain in your urinary tract requires treatment from a medical professional to prevent more serious complications. UTIs are less common in men and require in-person medical attention for urinalysis. In women, UTIs are…

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Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now, Prevention and Wellness

Men’s health screenings by age

An annual checkup is important for adults at any age, and the recommended health screenings will differ as you go through stages of life. The annual checkup is an opportunity to talk to your primary care provider about any concerns you might have and to get a reading on risks for conditions that aren’t showing…

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Behavioral Health, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

Depression can cause pain and pain can cause depression

Physical pain and depression often go together. Unexplained general aches and pain are often the symptoms that patients first bring up before their primary care providers reach a depression diagnosis. Pain and other physical symptoms of depression can include: Chronic joint pain Pain in limbs and/or back Stomach or other gastrointestinal concerns Fatigue Sleep difficulty…

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Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

Home remedies for urinary tract infections can be risky

Treating a urinary tract infection (UTI) at home without the guidance of a medical professional is risky. While you may have had UTIs before and know what’s going on, home remedies like cranberry juice and other fluids aren’t likely to take care of the issue. It may be routine, but an infection in your urinary…

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Health Equity, Norton Community Medical Associates, Norton Now

Eric King to Black men: Primary health care saves lives

An open letter to Black men about primary care I was 6 years old the first time my mother ran my unconscious, nearly lifeless body into a medical facility — frantic for lifesaving help. I was lucky. I grew up in Bardstown, less than two blocks from my pediatrician’s office. It’s quite likely had that…

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Norton Community Medical Associates, Prevention and Wellness, Weight Management

New study shows ‘keto-like’ diet may be linked to higher risk of major cardiovascular events

Low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets have become popular ways to lose weight among many Americans, including celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lebron James. A new study, however, shows “keto-like” diets may be linked to a heightened risk of cardiovascular events like chest pain, blocked arteries, heart attacks and strokes. The results of the study were presented at…

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