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Get your flu shot at The Medical Station during November

Get your flu shot at The Medical Station during November

Posted Oct 24th, 2017 in News & Updates, Articles, General

With seasonal flu activity already underway this month, take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others against the flu and its complications.

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5 Things to Look for in a Family Doctor

5 Things to Look for in a Family Doctor

Posted Dec 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

All family doctors are different and it can be hard to know which ones have the right qualities to make them the most effective doctor for you. The Medical Station wants to help you find the right family doctor by pointing out some qualities to look for in your physician that you may not have thought of.

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Vitamins: Are They Worth Taking?

Vitamins: Are They Worth Taking?

Posted Nov 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding dietary supplements such as vitamin pills. Some people believe they are a vital component to a healthy diet, some people believe they are unnecessary. The Medical Station is here to explain to you that there is truth in both sides.

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Five Types of Headaches and How to Treat Them

Five Types of Headaches and How to Treat Them

Posted Nov 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

We’ve all experienced a headache before. Whether it’s due to stress, lack of sleep, injury, motion sickness, or any other number of causes, headaches can become a real nuisance! However, it may be surprising to learn that there are actually over 25 different types of headaches, with very different causes, symptoms, and treatments. This week The Medical Station takes a look at the five most common types of headaches, and how to treat them.

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How to Know if Online Medical Information is Reliable

How to Know if Online Medical Information is Reliable

Posted Oct 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

While the internet is filled with useful information, it is also filled with a lot of misinformation, and it can be hard to know what you can trust. While getting your medical information straight from your doctor or health-care professional is the best way to ensure you are getting the most correct advice, we know that this not always possible. The Medical Station wants to help you become a more responsible, conscious patient so you know where to turn if you have a medical question.

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How to Stay Active when Working at a Desk Job

How to Stay Active when Working at a Desk Job

Posted Oct 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

We all know that being active is an important part of our health. Yet, a large percentage of us spend most of our day sitting at a desk at work. In fact, studies have shown that even active individuals that sit for long periods of the day have an increased risk for diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes. We at The Medical Station, want to give you some tips on staying active at work when you need to sit at your desk all day.

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Comedy and Depression: The Hidden Symptom

Comedy and Depression: The Hidden Symptom

Posted Sep 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

It is a well-known fact that many of the funniest people actually suffer from depression. Famous comedians and comedy actors such as Jim Carrey, Sarah Silverman, and Stephen Fry have spoken about their depression, and the problem in the comedy community was publicized after Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, as he had also suffered a lifelong battle with depression. In this week’s blog, The Medical Station discusses how comedy plays a role in an illness that is not at all funny.

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The Macro Effects of Microphallus

The Macro Effects of Microphallus

Posted Sep 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

Microphallus, commonly known as micropenis, is a medical condition that effects approximately 0.5% of the male population. It is generally defined as an penile length of 2.5 standard deviations or more lower than the mean within the person’s age group. Having a micropenis can cause several adverse physical and psychological effects. This week, The Medical Station discusses the health effects on men with microphallus.

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What To Expect At a Routine Physical

What To Expect At a Routine Physical

Posted Aug 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

A physical exam is a full assessment of the body in order to determine overall health. Physicals can provide reassurance that one is in safe health, or can be a way of checking up on certain symptoms that may be of concern. Research by Duke Health suggests that healthy individuals should get a routine physical every two to three years, while people aged fifty or above should see their doctor annually for a check-up. This week The Medical Station outlines what to expect from a routine physical.

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10,000 Steps: Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

10,000 Steps: Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

Posted Aug 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

“Fitbit” developers have said that the purpose of their product is to help you “achieve your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be”. The Medical Station explores the truth surrounding Fitness Trackers to help you understand how to use them most effectively for your health.

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Figure Nit Out – All About The Lousy Louse

Figure Nit Out – All About The Lousy Louse

Posted Jul 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

Whether you experienced it first-hand or witnessed your schoolmates be sent home after regulatory lice checks - almost everyone has a story about lice. Yet despite their ubiquity in classrooms and summer camps, there is a surprising amount that people don’t know about lice! This week The Medical Station discusses the topic of lice, from its prevention to its treatment.

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What is Physiotherapy?

What is Physiotherapy?

Posted Jul 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

Physiotherapy is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of injury and illness through physical and mechanical means. Physiotherapy generally aims to repair and maximize physical strength and mobility, although it can be used to treat a very wide range of conditions. This week, The Medical Station outlines the basics of physiotherapy.

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What You Need to Know About Abusive Relationships

What You Need to Know About Abusive Relationships

Posted Jun 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

1 in 4 women will be in an abusive relationship in their lifetime, and that statistic only takes into account physical violence against women. There are many different kinds of abuse and people of any gender in any kind of relationship can be victims. The Medical Station would like to further educate you on the realities of domestic abuse because the more we know about it, the more we can do to stop it!

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The Importance of Medical ID Bracelets

The Importance of Medical ID Bracelets

Posted Jun 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

Medical ID’s are emblems or tags, often worn as medical alert bracelets or necklaces, which bear the message that a person has a severe medical condition that may require immediate medical assistance. It can also be worn by people with less debilitating illnesses that may inhibit a person from expressing their condition to others, such as Alzheimer’s disease or Autism. On this week’s blog The Medical Station explores the importance of medical alert jewelry.

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The Top Three Things People Look For in a Physician

The Top Three Things People Look For in a Physician

Posted May 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

Whether you have something as simple as the common cold or as serious as lymphoma, you most likely want to have the best doctor available. But what are the qualities that make a great physician? From compassion and respect to physical accessibility, The Medical Station takes a look at the top traits that people want when looking for a family doctor.

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What is Social Work?

What is Social Work?

Posted May 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

When it comes to diagnosing and treating issues of mental health, it can be hard to know whom to turn to. There are so many different types of mental health professionals - from therapists, to psychiatrists, to psychologists, and even counselors - that it is difficult to know what type of mental health professional is right for you. This week The Medical Station discusses the role of a social worker as a mental health professional.

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The Dangers of Refined Sugar

The Dangers of Refined Sugar

Posted Apr 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises people to consume less than 10% of their calories from refined or free sugars. But, how can we do this if we don’t know what refined sugars are and where they are hiding? In fact, these harmful sweet particles are even in foods you may think are good for you such as fruit juices and energy bars. The Medical Station uncovers the truth about refined sugar and the risks they can cause if eaten in excess.

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Common Illnesses Among University Students: Part Two

Common Illnesses Among University Students: Part Two

Posted Apr 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

University is a great place to make lasting friendships, learn new skills, and expand your learning – but it also has its downsides. Last week The Medical Station took a look at how contagions such as the flu and meningitis are contracted on college campuses due to the crowded dorms and lecture halls, as well as the busy and stressful lives of university students. In this week’s blog, The Medical Station expands on this list, focusing not only on the environmental, lifestyle and social causes of

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Common Illnesses Among University Students: Part One

Common Illnesses Among University Students: Part One

Posted Mar 28th, 2017 in Articles, General

University is a great place to make lasting friendships, learn new skills, and expand your education – but it also has its downsides. From the common cold, to sexually transmitted infections, to meningitis, there are plenty of contagions that spread easily through the crowded dorms of a college campus. In this week’s blog, The Medical Station explores common illnesses & ailments among university students and their symptoms, treatments, and preventative measures.

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Who are Chiropractors?

Who are Chiropractors?

Posted Mar 14th, 2017 in Articles, General

Chiropractors are educated and licensed doctors that make a great addition to any health-care team with a particular focus on our neuromusculoskeletal system. The Medical Station encourages seeing a chiropractor for a variety of injuries and conditions including neck, back and joint pain. We even offer chiropractic services in our clinic if you feel it would be helpful for you!

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