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What is Integrative Primary Care Medicine?

Just what is Integrative Family Medicine? Google the phrase and you come up with different answers. Traditional medicine is integrated with what -- acupuncture, yoga, special diets, massage therapy, hypnosis, meditation or some combination of all of these? Why? Tune in to SMG Radio to hear Dr. Marianna Shimelfarb demystify the issue and explain how integrative family medicine works, which holistic practices can be incorporated in patient treatment, and the health benefits you and your...


Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is a nonsurgical procedure in which the areas of the atrium responsible for the generation of arrhythmia are mapped and then destroyed using either radiofrequency energy (heat) or cryoenergy (freezing). Tune into SMG radio to hear Jonathan Steinberg, MD explain how Catheter ablation is used to help treat atrial fibrillation.


Preventative Care in Family Medicine

Family physicians at Summit Medical Group treat all aspects of whole family health. In addition to diagnosing and treating a range of illnesses and conditions, your family doctor can provide routine health checkups and counseling. He or she can help you make healthy lifestyle choices, improve and maintain your health, and prevent illness. Tune in to SMG Radio to hear Dr. Afshan M. Khan discuss Preventive Care in Family Medicine at Summit Medical Group, and learn the advantages of working...


The Best Strategies for Weight Loss

Restricting calories and exercising are both important to weight loss—but so are other lesser known factors. For example, it’s also important to eat at regular intervals so your body has a steady stream of energy. Other factors critical to weight loss are drinking water and eating foods that are low in sugar, including carbohydrates. Tune into SMG Radio to hear Dr. Cynthia Paige debunk some myths about weight loss and give tips that will help you shed those extra pounds.


Do You Suffer from Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Not surprisingly, playing tennis or other racquet sports can cause this condition. However, several other sports and activities can also put you at risk. Tennis elbow is usually caused by activities that overuse the tendons and muscles in your forearm that straighten and raise your hand and wrist. Examples of these activities are tennis and other racket sports, carpentry, machine work, computer...


Better Understand The Link Between Diabetes and Your Diet

There are many misconceptions about diabetes and diet. Many people think that people with diabetes have to follow a "diabetic diet." In fact, they just have to eat the same healthy diet that is good for everyone: lean meats, fish and chicken, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and a small amount of fat, and refined sugar. Switching to a healthier diet can do a lot to improve your health, but it does require discipline if you suffer from Diabetes it may be even more difficult to maintain...


Blue Tooth Hearing Aids? New Technology for the Hearing Impaired

Although hearing aids cannot restore hearing to perfection, they improve a person's ability to understand speech and distinguish between a variety of sounds. In addition, many people suggest their self esteem improves after they receive a hearing aid. Bluetooth® technology allows wireless communication between hearing aids and other devices, including cellular phones, computers, televisions, frequency modulation (FM) systems, and digital audio (MP3) players. Listen in as Gary Thorne,...


What Role Do PAs and NPs Play in Healthcare?

In many health care facilities, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant may be on hand to help provide care. These professionals can diagnose and treat conditions and prescribe medications usually under the supervision of a physician. Raekeisha L. Dean, PA-C is here to explain the roles of PAs and NPs.


What is the Low Glycemic Index Diet?

You might think a mango smoothie for lunch is a healthy choice. But did you know that calorie counting is just part of eating a balanced diet that promotes a healthy weight? It’s also important to consider a glycemic index of food when you plan your meals and snacks. A glycemic index is a measure of how foods, carbs in particular, affect your blood sugar level. For example, most fruits have a higher glycemic index than most vegetables. Glycemic index is especially important for people...


Central Auditory Processing Tests

Does your child seem to have a problem hearing in the classroom? Children may pass a standard hearing test but still have trouble hearing in the classroom because they have central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). CAPD exists in children who have otherwise normal hearing tests (i.e., hear the beep at a specific pitch and raise their hand), but continue to have difficulties in the classroom due to their inability to perform in background noise or in situations with multiple...


Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Men/Overcoming Barriers To Get Men To Therapy

Life can sometimes be overwhelming. A medical diagnosis, family conflict, work stress, or feelings of anxiety or depression can cause you to struggle with daily activities. When this happens, the behavioral health specialists at Summit Medical Group Behavioral Health and Cognitive Therapy Center can provide the support you need for effective behavioral health management. Depression is not a sign of emotional weakness or failing of masculinity. It is a treatable health condition that...


Colon Cancer Screening: Getting Your Men To Get The Screening

By age 50, people are at average risk and should be screened for colorectal cancer. Every year, more than 130,000 people learn they have colorectal cancer, and many of them are men, yet men seem more hesitant to get the screening than women. Some people who get colorectal cancer have no known risk for it. Screening allows doctors to identify and remove abnormalities that can lead to cancer. It also allows us to identify cancer in its early stages when it has the best possibility of...


The Heart Failure Clinic At Summit Medical Group

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart muscle weakens and cannot pump blood effectively. It results from high blood pressure, heart attack, valve disease, or other health problems. The Heart Failure Clinic team focuses on diagnosing the condition. A team of medical experts, including your physician, cardiologist, physician assistants, and registered nurses will partner to help strengthen your heart and improve your tolerance for activity. Seth Jawetz, MD, is here to talk about...


Helping Parents Manage Child and Teen's Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion that is felt in the body. It is a physical response. Often, when children feel anxious, they do not actually recognize or describe their body symptoms as anxiety or nervousness. Instead, they may say that they feel sick, or have a sore tummy. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adults, affecting upwards of 20% of children and adolescents over the lifespan. Melissa Breslin, MA, is here to explain how parents play an essential...


The Relationship Between Sleep and Diabetes

Having diabetes means that there is too much sugar (glucose) in your blood. Your blood always has some sugar in it because your body needs it for energy. But too much glucose in the blood is not good for your health. Studies show that getting enough sleep is important for improving and maintaining good health. Researchers believe that certain processes necessary for repairing the body occur at best or only during sleep. Getting too little sleep means missing important cycles that help...


HPV and Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. An HPV test recently approved by U.S. health officials is an effective way to check for cervical cancer. Recent studies suggest that this HPV test is an effective, one-test alternative to the current recommendation of screening with either a Pap test alone or a combination of the HPV test and a Pap test. Tune in to SMG radio to hear women’s...


Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients and their families often think they have to travel to large academic medical centers to get the expert care they need and access to the latest clinical trials. That is not necessarily so. Summit Medical Group’s specialists are on the cutting edge of cancer care from diagnosis and treatment to the at-home care patients often require as their disease progresses. Tune into SMG radio to hear Dr. Biren Saraiya talk about best practices in oncology care, palliative medicine and...


Knee Health Through The Ages

Knee problems can occur at any stage of life, from children and adolescents to baby-boomers and the elderly. Because knees bear all our body weight, they are vulnerable to the wear and tear of daily living. But it’s possible to keep your knees healthy throughout a lifetime with some basic steps like managing your weight. Tune into SMG radio to learn the ABC’s of knee health in an exclusive interview with renowned knee surgeon Dr. Richard Rosa of Summit Medical Group.


Barrett’s Esophagus- What You Need To Know

If you suffer from chronic heartburn, you may actually have more serious condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a very common disorder. In GERD, there is chronic regurgitation of the stomach’s digestive “juices” into the esophagus. This is unpleasant and also can cause substantial harm to the tissues of the esophagus, especially when the backflow is acidic. If GERD is left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to a condition called Barrett's esophagus that may cause a...


Colorectal Cancer Prevention Tips

Colorectal cancer screening is important for everyone, especially if you are age 50 years or older. But it is especially important if you have risks for colorectal cancer. Some of those risks are being age 50 years or older, personal history of colorectal polyps, personal history of colorectal cancer, personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Roger Klein is here to discuss Colorectal cancer prevention tips.