GERD Awareness

November is GERD Awareness Month. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, over 60 million Americans experience heartburn, the most common symptom of GERD. GERD (or gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a medical condition in which stomach acid, food, and fluid flow back into the esophagus. Anyone can develop GERD, but it’s more common in the […]

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American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. About Diabetes Diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood glucose (also known as your blood sugar) is too high. The blood glucose is the body’s main source of energy […]

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Common Causes of Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are common. In fact, about 50 to 66 percent of people have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins found around the anus or the lower rectal area. They’re rarely serious but can be a source of discomfort. They can cause pain, itching, swelling, and form  a lump near the […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society about 53,670 people in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year. The average lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer for both men and women is 1.5% (about 1 in 65) although this is largely dependent on the existing risk factors. About Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic cancer develops […]

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Meet Dr. Norma Edwards

Premier Surgical general surgeon Dr. Norma Edwards grew up with a strong interest in science and biology. She originally planned to earn a PHD and become a laboratory researcher, but instead, pursued a career as a physician. “I realized I was way too social to be a researcher in a lab all day,” laughs Dr. […]

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Is Breast Cancer Genetic Testing Right for You?

From Tennova Healthcare October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Tennova Healthcare is using the occasion to call attention to the role of genetic testing in the fight against the disease. Genetic testing has quickly become a more mainstream practice—both for human interest about one’s ancestry, and for the purpose of understanding how that […]

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Jobs That May Aggravate Hernia

Hernias develop when there is protrusion of an organ through an opening in a tissue or muscle that keep it in place. While weakness in the abdominal wall could be a factor, hernia problems may not appear until later in life. In many cases they can be triggered by other factors such as aging and […]

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Liver Cancer Awareness

The incidence rate for liver cancer has tripled since 1980. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be over 40,000 new cases of liver cancer in 2017 and over 28,000 will die from this type of cancer. In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is also recognized as Liver Cancer Awareness month. About […]

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Taking Steps to Avoid Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in the anus and lower rectal area. Although the exact cause is often unknown, hemorrhoids can develop as a result of several factors. Some of these including obesity, pregnancy, poor diet, and sitting for long periods of time. Hemorrhoids are very common. About three million cases of hemorrhoids are […]

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Premier Surgical: Measuring Quality to Ensure the Best Surgical Care

For several years American hospitals have been required to gather and submit data to the federal government that measures the quality of their patient care and services.  The process of collecting and analyzing patient information is a time-consuming, cumbersome, and expensive undertaking that entails many man hours. That’s why few private physician practices attempt to […]

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