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You regularly wash your hands, go through bottles of hand sanitizers in a week, and always cough or sneeze into a tissue, only to once again land up to the doctor with another common cold or sore throat. Maybe it’s not what you’re doing to prevent germs from entering into your body, but what you’re not eating to build your body’s immunity against those pesky germs.

Here are 10 super foods that you might want to start incorporating into your daily diet to get rid of contracting common flu-like illnesses all the time –

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The brain; rightfully known as the think tank of the human body,controls our every movement, allows us to move, speak, talk, think, and perform almost every one of the thousands of functions that we perform everyday. Without our brain working in perfect condition, our body will be completely useless and dysfunctional. The brain instructs our legs to move when we want to get up and walk and instructs our arms and hands to move when we want to comb our hair or brush our teeth, so without a doubt, the brain is the most important organ in a human body.

Here are 10 power foods for your brain that you should be eating everyday to live a long, healthy and happy life-

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A child or teen with ADHD can be more of a challenge to manage than a normal child and you would require extra care as a parent or teacher to manage their energy and channelize it to get required results and reduce discomfort for both the adult and the child. Here are some useful tips from psychotherapists who also work as family doctors with parents and coach them on how to care for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They help parents to first gauge their child’s behavior and study their reactions based on certain parameters before you approach a doctor at the nearest Phoenix Family Medical Clinic.

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A bad bout of flu can be debilitating, but with some extra care you should be able to manage to get through this with the least discomfort. Here are some useful tips from family doctors, on how to care for someone with flu. Remember, these are your first line of defense. In case of worsening of symptoms, do not wait to approach a doctor at a walk in clinic like the Phoenix Family Medical Clinic.

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In a recent study commissioned by AbbVie Pharmaceuticals and shared by Fox News, it was revealed that nearly three-quarters of the entire U.S. population suffers digestive health issues. Even though digestive health problems are quite common, many patients are reluctant to mention them to their medical professionals. Did you know most of your current and unforeseen health conditions are related to your digestive health? Read on to learn about common intestinal, stomach or digestive concerns to share with your family doctor.

Many medical studies and research prove that there is such a strong connection between the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and several other conditions such as:

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Women need to take conscious steps to protect their bodies when they are postmenopausal and this includes regular check ups at the family clinic. This preventive care can help you lead a healthy, active life well into your golden years.

After menopause, you become vulnerable to a number of illnesses that you were once protected against while you were menstruating. Here are some of the bigger ones you must be aware of.

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Nearly 10 percent of students in school are affected by ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Statistics say that boys have nearly three times higher odds of being diagnosed with ADHD than girls, although there have not been any scientific findings that explain why this happens. However, researchers say that ADHD may have links to the genetic build-up of an individual.

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More often than not, patients will visit a physician only when they are sick. What many fail to realize is wellness checks ensure that their health is being maintained at proper levels to prevent any future illnesses or diseases.

This month is cervical cancer and thyroid awareness month. Here at Phoenix Family Medical Clinic, we offer a large range of services including women’s health, anti-aging medicine, men’s health and children’s health. We are here to provide you integrative medicine techniques designed to keep you well as well, as to help you recover from illness.

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People need you. They need you to be at this holiday party and that holiday play. Your kids have finals and projects that are due like yesterday. The holiday season can be one of the coziest, most loving times of the year for many, but others dread it.

When the weather changes, grey, hazy skies can sometimes impact an individual’s mood. Last year we talked about Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a form of winter depression. The holidays can also be a very sad time for others, especially when there was a loss close to any of the previously beloved holidays. It serves as a constant reminder that others are enjoying this season, while for them it’s a symbol of their darkest moments in life.

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With cold and flu season on the rise, the physicians at Phoenix Family Medical, your Phoenix walk-in clinic, recognize that those suffering from asthma may be finding it even more difficult to breathe. Even a simple cold can trigger an asthma attack, and our dry weather and dusty air certainly don’t make it easier for asthma patients to breathe.

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In case you have not heard or noticed, Phoenix Family Medical Clinic now has a new location at McDowell Road and Third Avenue near downtown Phoenix. One of the main providers at this location is Nathan Payne PA-C, who joined Phoenix Family Medical Clinic in 2013. Join us as we discuss with him some of the benefits Phoenix residents can find at this location!

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With the long stretches of heat lingering this summer, the last thing on your mind is likely flu prevention. On the other hand, with cases of the flu typically appearing in October and peaking between January and February per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), the time to protect yourself is now. At Phoenix Family Medical Clinic, we have been stocking up on flu vaccinations to cater to the significant call for vaccines in the Phoenix, Surprise and Tempe area.

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There is a lot of planning and chaos that goes into preparing your child for school. Parents often ease their child back into the new school year with back-to-school shopping and gradually readjusting their bedtimes from the once-lax summer ones into more strict school-centric sleeping schedules. Preventative care is another measure you should take to prepare your child for the coming year at school.

Teachers and students in classrooms are often exposed to different infections and viral conditions, and schools typically try to update parents about any potential health concerns. One great way to combat any new health warnings is for your child to participate in our low-priced sports physicals! We offer the best prices throughout the Phoenix area, starting at $20 per exam!

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Phoenicians are no stranger to the term “dry heat.” What exactly is it, and how can you beat it? According to Urban Dictionary, when in reference to outside temperature, it is the relationship between the outside air’s heat index and the humidity in the air. This typically means a high temperature accompanied by a low level of humidity[1]. A dry heat is actually beneficial to those who live locally in Phoenix, Arizona since the effects that dry heat has on your body allows your skin to breathe and naturally cool down through sweating.

In a moist environment, however, high temperatures can cause difficulties in the human body’s attempts to cool down; because the air is already naturally saturated, there is a decreased chance of your sweat dissipating. This forces individuals to seek relief via air conditioning, dehumidifiers and circulation fans for cooler, dryer environments.

Dry heat in desert climates nonetheless can be extremely HOT, and cooling yourself down as much as possible is a must. Phoenix Family Medical Clinic has prepared a list of ways to effectively cool down.

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Summer is often thought of as the time to wear attire made with lighter fabrics and shorter leg lengths as you enjoy the glorious weather. It is also when our no-insurance clinics often see people with skin-related issues. Last month we discussed your body's reaction to the sun, but extremities can cause severe skin damage or other skin-related issues to flare up.

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This past weekend, weather officials recorded the first triple-digit temperatures of 2014 around our walk-in clinic, and more high temperatures are on their way. Sunlight and its effects on the human body have been recorded for decades, and numerous physicians and nutritionists have talked about the benefits as well as the damages associated with sun exposure.

Phoenix and its surrounding cities are among some of the many locations that consistently receive an abundance of sunshine instead of overcast and/or stormy conditions. While we could provide you with a clichéd topic of why too much sun exposure will drastically affect your health and offering you some hydration benefits to combat the unpleasant Phoenix heat, we are instead going to focus on the vitamin associated with your body’s reaction to the sun and its benefits.

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April brings many things to the Phoenix area, including warmer temperatures, new plant blooms and the eager anticipation for the glorious summer months. It also brings early summer camp registrations and a child's need for a sports physical. With work and school schedules spanning a doctor's typical working hours, you probably ask yourself "How can I squeeze in a doctor's visit?" One Phoenix Family Medical Clinic location is open one hour longer during weekdays, and all three are open for select hours on Saturdays.

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If you have ever wondered why you have constant pain in your back or extremities, it could be a chronic disorder of the musculoskeletal system. In the working-age population and older age groups, about 10 percent of the U.S. population has musculoskeletal disorders which are the leading causes of disabilities. Trigger points, often accompanying chronic musculoskeletal disorders, are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots that produce pain and decrease your range of motion that is located in a taut band of skeletal muscles. An effective method that shows the best results to relieve patients of this kind of pain is trigger point injections (TPI).

The physical finding of a trigger point can be palpitation of a hypersensitive bundle of muscle fibers that are harder than normal. These trigger points can be classified as being active or latent. Characteristics of an active trigger point are:

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In the United States, nearly 30 million people suffer migraines today. Most commonly, people ages 25 to 55 are affected but migraines can also be seen in children and teens as well. Although both men and women are affected by this type of severe headache, women are three times more likely than men to have it; about one in five women to one in 15 men.

Migraines are repeated attacks of severe headaches that are accompanied by a variety of symptoms. Usually causing throbbing or pulsing pain on one side of the head, migraines can also cause:

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How does a patient know if he/she has insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as a condition that must have the following 3 problems:

    - Difficulty initiation or maintaining sleep.

    - Poor sleep occurs despite appropriate circumstances for sleep.

    - Poor sleep results in daytime deficits (i.e. fatigue, irritability, poor concentration).

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