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The controversy of HCG weight loss

If you Google HCG weight loss, what comes up is a bewildering mixture of claims — that it is proven highly effective, completely ineffective, dangerous, homeopathic, that people have lost weight on it and that it does not cause weight loss. The legitimate objections to HCG arise not from the hormone itself (human chorionic gonadotropin) but from the way in which it is often packaged, sold and administered. Vendors sell pills online or over the counter that they claim contain HCG, but in fact contain little to none of the hormone. This is especially true of pills labeled “homeopathic.” Consider this term a warning label, and stay away from it.

Some of these pills are actually dangerous to take. Human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, is not and cannot be toxic — but like any medicine, it can be contaminated, especially if it is manufactured in countries without the protection of U.S. regulations.

Finally, even in cases where real and safe medicine is involved, the use of it is not always properly supervised. Any form of weight loss where you lose up to a pound a day puts a certain amount of stress on the body, and should be carefully monitored by a medical clinic in case of side effects.

How HCG weight loss works

In a pregnant woman, human chorionic gonadotropin regulates the metabolism of the mother to help her burn her own fat for energy. It does the same for anyone injected with it. In an HCG weight loss program, what actually causes the weight loss is the diet, which consists of as little as 500 calories a day from a carefully planned menu. What the hormone does is make it possible to stick to the diet while remaining active.

Genuine HCG weight loss in Matthews, NC

If you want to try HCG weight loss, settle for nothing less than a real medical plan supervised by a bricks-and-mortar medical facility who will check on your health regularly. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, has two HCG weight loss programs, both with a 95 percent success rate — a 23-day program for those who want to lose up to 15 pounds, and a 43-day program for those who want to lose 20 to 40 pounds.

Key to these programs are staff support, weekly HCG weight loss injections and a guidebook for patients that includes low-calorie menus. Once you have completed the program, the medical staff will use the FDA-approved Medgem to calculate your new metabolic rate, so that you will know exactly how many calories per day you need to keep the pounds off and remain healthy at your new weight. (This is the same equipment used on The Biggest Loser.)  If you want to try real HCG weight loss, call today.

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The basics of diagnostic lab services

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Visiting a diagnostic lab

You never know when you might need diagnostic laboratory services to deal with some medical problem or other. Among the conditions that can be tested for are diabetes, tuberculosis, anemia, hepatitis and Lyme disease. These labs can also do pregnancy tests and diagnose anemia, allergies, some skin conditions and many types of cancer.

If you need a test of some sort done, the first step you take will depend on what kind of test you need. For example, there are blood tests that require a period of fasting beforehand. So ask your doctor if there is anything you need to do in order to prepare, and follow his or her advice so as to get accurate test results.

When you go to the lab, the phlebotomist draws a small sample of blood (assuming it’s a blood test, which it most often is.) He or she explains the procedure and asks your name, just to make sure you are the right person to be getting a sample from today. Then, after cleaning and disinfecting the area and applying a topical anaesthetic, the blood is drawn. Then the puncture is cleaned and bandaged, and the rest is up to the lab. The staff will tell you how long to leave the bandage on. In most cases, it should take no more than a few days for the test to be completed, although some tests take longer.

Why you need a lab nearby

If no hospital nearby has a diagnostic laboratory services, you may find yourself having to take a day off from work, drive a long distance in order to spend a few minutes getting blood withdrawn for a test, then go back and wait for days or weeks to get the results. (Any medical problem that calls for the services of a diagnostic lab is probably serious enough that you want answers on it sooner rather than later.)

Look for a CLIA waived lab. This is a lab that meets the standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988. These standards are meant to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can have serious medical consequences if acted upon.

Diagnostic laboratory services in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Subscribe today.

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The Williamses plan a vacation

(Note: The following is a dramatization.)

Not long after arriving in the Charlotte area, the Williams family began planning an overseas vacation. Having just gone through a month in which absolutely everything went wrong, they decided to look into travel vaccinations. Their family doctor advised them to start looking up what sort of vaccines they would need as soon as they had settled on a destination — or sooner, if they already had possibilities in mind, since some vaccines needed to be given months in advance.

Mrs. Williams checked the CDC Web site for the countries they were considering visiting. She found that if they were going to Brazil, it was recommended that they get shots for hepatitis A (and the hepatitis B vaccine was labeled “consider”). Depending on where they were going within Brazil, they might also need shots for rabies and yellow fever, and antimalarial medication. If they went to Italy or Norway, hepatitis A and B were both labeled “consider,” but rabies was less of a risk unless they started exploring caves. If they chose Japan, hepatitis A and B were both labeled “consider,” and, depending on how long they stayed, getting a shot for Japanese encephalitis was either “consider” or recommended. She wasn’t sure what the CDC meant by “consider,” but after the month that just went by she wasn’t going to ignore their recommendations.

Travel vaccinations

According to one study, 16% of American adult travelers needed to take the MMR vaccine, but only half of those who needed it took it. Getting your shots before you travel is one of the most important steps you and your family can take to stay healthy. Shots against water- and food-borne illnesses such as hepatitis A are particularly important in many parts of the world. At the Traveler Information Center of the CDC Web site, you can find out which vaccines, if any, you will be required to take for that country. You can also learn which travel vaccines are recommended but not required.

Getting vaccinated for travel in Matthews, NC

Once you know which vaccines you should take, the next step is to find a travel vaccinations clinic in your area, where experts can help you set up a schedule that will have you fully immunized in time for your trip. You should make your first visit at least two months before you begin traveling. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC specializes in this service, offering vaccinations for yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, polio and Japanese encephalitis, along with routine vaccinations such as the measles shot and annual flu shots. If you plan on going to another country any time soon, find out which vaccinations you need and make an appointment today.

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Every family needs a family doctor

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The Williams’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month

(The following is a dramatization.)

One of the first things the Williams family did when making the move to the Charlotte area was subscribe to a subscription medical plan that included the services of family doctors Which was good, because one of the first things Mr. Williams did on moving day was throw his back out trying to move the piano. Even though it was a Saturday, the doctor came to help him deal with the injury.

This was the beginning of what was going to be a very difficult month for the family. A week later, the family’s oldest daughter was bitten by a dog while jogging. It wasn’t a large dog, but when she got home she found that the wound was too big to cover with a Band-Aid. They called the doctor again, who cleaned up the wound and gave her a couple of stitches and some antibiotics.

On their first day of school, Kevin came into contact with a new friend’s sandwich — which unfortunately was peanut butter and jelly, and Kevin had a dangerous peanut allergy. He was taken to the emergency room, but he needed a couple of follow-up visits from the family doctors afterward. And when Kevin got out of the hospital, the family went out to a restaurant to celebrate. Unfortunately, Mrs. Williams ordered the chicken and got a mild case of food poisoning. The doctor came and diagnosed it as Campylobacter jejuni — not life-threatening, but it made for several unpleasant days… during which time Kevin’s twin brother Keith fell off his bike and dislocated his wrist, and their youngest daughter got an ear infection.

When you have a family, you have a lot of people that a lot can happen to (although usually not all in the same month). That’s why your family need family doctors.

A family medical practice or family doctors in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  Check the website — you never know when there might be a special offer. Make an appointment today.

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PRESS RELEASE–If you look at young Jacky Delva today, you would not have guessed the difficult times the child has had. He was 3 years old when the Haiti earthquake struck and was inside his house when the actual quake happened.  He was stuck under the rubble for four hours until French rescue crews found him.

Parts of his skull were damaged, but he only received stitches as the primary treatment. In the midst of the chaos following the quake, Jacky and his mother, Chella, were flown to Sacre-Coeur Hospital for further medical help. That is where they met Dr. Will Conner, his wife Natalie, and a medical team from North Carolina who are all serving as volunteers. “Without a protective skull, Jacky would have sustained permanent brain damage, or worse, died,” Dr. Will Conner said.

They all agreed that to save Jacky’s life, he would need surgeries to repair his damaged skull. When the North Carolina crew flew back home, they arranged a pro-bono surgery.

After the ups and downs of paperwork, Jacky and Chella were able to fly to Charlotte for Jacky’s surgeries. He went through two skull surgeries, both of which were pro-bono. Friends and family of the Conner Family took care of the housing and needs of the mother and child throughout their stay.

Three months after his surgery, Jacky and his mother were able to go back home. Today, Jacky is healthy enough to live a normal life.

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The usefulness of subscription medicine

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Subscription medicine

What is a subscription membership practice?

Also called concierge medicine, it is a growing trend in the American medical marketplace. Patients who take advantage of this are given premium care in exchange for a recurring membership fee. This makes medical care much more convenient to access. It eliminates the long stays in waiting rooms that can result in half a day or a full day of absence from work just so you or your child can have a ten-minute visit with the doctor. By making preventative care easier to access, subscription medicine helps keep small medical problems from escalating into larger, more expensive and more dangerous problems.

Despite spending less time in the hospital as a whole, patients in a subscription membership practice spend more time visiting and talking with their doctor. The only downside to this, from the point of view of accessibility, is that it means each doctor sees fewer patients. The upside, if you happen to be one of those patients, is that the doctor is able to give each patient the attention he or she deserves, and is more likely to remember the particulars of his or her medical situation. Subscription medicine was once only available for the very rich, but is now bringing quality primary care within reach of ordinary families.

Subscription membership practice in Matthews, NC

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offer a subscription membership practice. Members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic also offers an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, view lab results and even make virtual appointments if necessary — all from their own homes.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Conner has assembled a medical staff from many parts of the world. His clinic offers a variety of medical services, including:

  • Pediatric care.
  • Travel vaccinations for those planning international travel.
  • BOTOX treatments for wrinkles, migraines and excess sweating.
  • An HCG weight loss program which (unlike online or over-the-counter HCG) uses medicine of guaranteed quality and the FDA-approved Medgem.
  • An in-house pharmacy which provides quick and hassle-free medication refills.
  • Laboratory services that can perform a variety of tests.
  • Aortic aneurysm screenings.
  • Gynecological exams.
  • Mental health screenings and treatment.

The Conner Clinic is part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group and accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted. If you live in the Matthews area and have been put off from annual check-ups by the inconvenience of primary care, take advantage of subscription membership practice today.

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An on call doctor’s work is never done

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Being an on call doctor

If you are an on call doctor, your work is never done. You may sometimes have a slow day or two, but y

ou never know when you might be called upon to help someone. It’s like being Superman, only you don’t have to change into a costume and you do have to deal with traffic.

The things you get called on for are problems that are too severe to ignore but might not be bad enough to justify a trip to the emergency room — unless they are that bad, in which case you’re the one who will have to make that determination. If a father has cut himself in the kitchen while chopping cucumbers for a salad, you’ll have to look at the injury and decide if it needs stitches, or just a little more bandaging and topical antibiotic. If someone has had a major allergy attack while visiting a friend’s house, you’ll be the one to decide how serious the situation is. And your nights and weekends are not really open — a child might pull a muscle at the track on Saturday, or someone might get a severe stomachache after dinner.

And then, of course, there are the regular medical services you provide as a family doctor in your normal 9-to-5 schedule. These include annual physicals, vaccinations and booster shots, diagnostic tests and specialized physicals for students or athletes. They also include the patients with ear infections, influenza and other ailments which can wait for a day or so instead of demanding immediate treatment.

So it can be inconvenient to be an on call doctor. On the other hand, subscribing to the services of one can be very convenient indeed.

Doctor on call in Matthews, NC

An on call doctor should be as close as possible to where you live. Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, provide the best primary care, with a state-of-the-art medical facility. A subscription membership gets you same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Subscribe today, in case you need their help tomorrow night.

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BOTOX treats chronic migraines

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BOTOX for headaches

BOTOX isn’t just a wrinkle treatment — it can also help chronic migraine sufferers. Chronic migraine (defined by the FDA as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more) can impair your ability to concentrate on your work, making it hard to earn a living at almost any job. Worse, it can turn your life into complete misery, diminishing your ability to enjoy your spare time and the company of your loved ones.

If you suffer from such headaches, you may want to ask your doctor about it, which is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. Note: the FDA has not approved the use of this is to treat headaches that aren’t frequent or long-lasting enough to meet the definition of chronic.

BOTOX as a migraine treatment is usually taken about once every three months. It is injected into the muscles of the forehead, scalp, neck and shoulders. Many doctors believe that BOTOX works by shutting off pain receptors in those areas. The effect of the treatment usually lasts two and a half months. If necessary, other treatments can be used to manage the pain until the next treatment.

Other uses of BOTOX

Injections of a weak form of BOTOX into the underarms can reduce hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. It does this by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. You should be able to see the results within a week of taking it. The effect lasts at least four to six months — longer in some cases. It has not yet been approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may work in these cases.

BOTOX has been used for several years as a treatment for upper limb spasticity, and the FDA recently approved it for lower limb spasticity. It has also been used to correct squints, and for treating strabismus (misaligned eyes) and overactive bladder. It is being researched as a treatment for cerebral palsy.

The biggest advantage of BOTOX is its convenience. It is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure, because the injection takes about 10 minutes and you should be able to return to work immediately afterwards.

BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC

The best place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC  is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner is highly experienced at working with BOTOX and will develop the right treatment plan for you, based on what sort of treatment you need and what your goals are. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of BOTOX, make an appointment today.

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No symptoms, no warning, not much chance

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is one of the most dangerous health problems you can have, because it often develops without symptoms and turns into a medical emergency without warning. The aorta is an artery about the size of a garden hose which carries blood from the heart down into the abdomen. When a weak spot forms in the lower aorta, it swells and forms a bulge. This bulge is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It is like a time bomb in the lower torso.

Sometimes blood seeps out of the bulge, causing intense, throbbing pain no one can ignore. At this point, there is still time for surgery. But too often time runs out the bulge just pops without warning, and the patient starts to bleed to death inside. The symptoms are intense pain, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, clamminess, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. There may also be fainting and bruising along the sides. Even if the patient is taken straight to a hospital and the doctors recognize the symptoms immediately, only half of those who suffer a burst anuerysm live longer than 30 days.

Those most at risk

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2009, abdominal aortic aneurysms killed 10,597 people in the U.S., and contributed to the deaths of over 17,000 more. The people most likely to need an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening are men who have high blood pressure or have suffered an aortic infection. Risk is particularly high for current or former smokers, even if they maintained the habit for less than a year. According to a study published in mid-February in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, asthma medication users are also at greater risk of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and those who have recently been diagnosed with asthma are at much greater risk of aneurysm rupture.

AAA screenings in Matthews, NC

The good news is that there are screenings available for abdominal aortic aneurysms. These screenings are quick, safe, painless and reliable, using ultrasound to detect the condition. You will probably only need to get one screening in your lifetime.

In January of 2007, a federal law went into effect that made free one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings available for any Medicare Part B enrollee who either has a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, or is a man between the ages 65 and 75 and has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime. If you are outside this age range or are not enrolled in Medicare Part B, but you are interested in an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, they are included in the subscription medical practice at the Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC. Dr. Conner is on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Make an appointment today.

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Mental health problems can be diagnosed

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Many people don’t see warning signs

Last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. If you didn’t know that, don’t feel bad. There is nothing wrong with not knowing about a mental health awareness week. The problem comes when you aren’t aware of problems in your own mental health, or in that of the people closest to you.

Many people ignore warning signs in themselves and others due to the social stigma of mental illness or the fear of expenses they might not be able to meet. Less than half of those who need professional help seek it out. But mental health is an essential part of overall health, and if you are at all worried, mental health screenings should be approached without reluctance or shame. Everyone — students, employees, soldiers, the elderly — has his or her own set of stresses which can cause problems or worsen existing issues.

Common problems

One common mental health problem is alcoholism. If you find that the usual amount of alcohol doesn’t get you as drunk as it used to, if you feel sick when you have gone without alcohol for a while, or if you think about drinking to the point where you forget about everything else, it may be time to talk to a doctor. If you want to cut back but haven’t been able to, you should ask for help. Dependency on illegal drugs, or on prescription drugs, is much the same as alcoholism.

Be alert for the warning signs of suicide in others. If someone seems particularly withdrawn, talks about feeling trapped, being in pain or thinking of themselves as a burden, exhibits reckless behavior or says they feel like a burden on others, you should suggest that they seek help as soon as possible.  If you find yourself dwelling on the subject of suicide, it is even more important that you get a mental health screening.

Rapid weight changes, mood swings and increased anxiety can all be signs of problems with mental health. Professionals can diagnose many problems using mental health screenings. These problems include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Although online tests are available, it is better to have the test done by a mental health professional. A mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screening services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

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You never know when a diagnostic lab might come in handy

It won’t matter to you if your your hospital doesn’t have diagnostic laboratory services — until you need them. Then you may find yourself having to take a full day off from work, drive fifty miles at an inconvenient hour of the day in order to spend a few minutes getting blood withdrawn for a test, then go back and wait for days or weeks to get the results. (Any medical problem that calls for the services of a diagnostic lab is probably serious enough that you want answers on it sooner rather than later.)

Whereas if your hospital does have these services, everything becomes much easier. First, you meet the phlebotomist, whose job it is to draw a small sample of blood from one of your veins and take it to the lab. He or she explains the procedure and asks your name, just to make sure you are the right person to be getting a sample from today. Then, after cleaning and disinfecting the area and applying a topical anaesthetic, the blood is drawn. The puncture is cleaned and bandaged, you are told how long to leave the bandage on, and that’s pretty much it. You receive the test results in a few days.

Diagnostic laboratory services are something every good hospital or clinic should have. They let your doctor test you for pregnancy or diagnose diabetes, tuberculosis, anemia, hepatitis or Lyme disease. They can also diagnose allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer. The lab should be CLIA waived. This means the lab meets the standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, which sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue. These standards are meant to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can have serious medical consequences if acted upon.

Diagnostic laboratory services available in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Make an appointment today.

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Travel vaccinations are a wise precaution

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Not just Zika you need to worry about

By now, we have all heard the horror stories about the Zika virus and its invasion of Central and South America. But if you are planning a trip abroad, you should know that there are other health threats — diseases which, unlike Zika, you can defend yourself against with travel vaccinations.

The remarkable thing is how few people think to do this. According to one study, 16% of American adult travelers needed to take the MMR vaccine, but only half of those who needed it took it. Early last year, 29 Americans fell ill from an outbreak of hepatitis A in Mexico. Getting your shots before you travel is one of the most important steps you can take to keep you and your family healthy. Shots against water- and food-borne illnesses such as hepatitis A are particularly important in many parts of the world.

Travel vaccinations fall into three categories: routine vaccinations, recommended travel vaccinations and required travel vaccinations. Routine vaccinations are the vaccines that the CDC advises everyone to get whether they are traveling or staying home. Recommended travel vaccinations are those the CDC recommends for those going to a specific destination. Required travel vaccinations are those that you must have, by law in order to enter certain countries. In some countries, the government will insist you take the yellow fever vaccine and meningitis vaccine before you come. You will need the International Certificate of Vaccination, or yellow card, to prove you have taken them.

The best time to begin work on your vaccination schedule is as soon as you know what country you are going to go to. At the Traveler Information Center of the CDC Web site, you can find out which vaccines, if any, you will be required to take for that country. You can also learn which travel vaccines are recommended but not required. Some of these vaccines need to be given in two to three doses over the course of several months. This is why planning ahead is so important.

Travel vaccinations in Matthews, NC

Once you know which vaccines to take, the next step is to find a travel vaccinations clinic in your area, where experts can help you set up a schedule that will have you fully immunized in time for your trip. You should make your first visit at least two months before you begin traveling. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC specializes in this lab service, offering vaccinations for yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, polio and Japanese encephalitis, along with routine vaccinations such as the measles shot and annual flu shots. If you plan on going to another country any time soon, find out which vaccinations you need and make an appointment today.

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Don’t go for online plans

HCG weight loss is a popular weight loss method that can help patients lose up to one pound every one to two days. If you want to lose weight and other diet plans have never worked for you, you may want to try it. If done right, it can be very effective — but you have to commit to it, and you have to choose the right program

This is important. A lot of people online are offering HCG over the counter or over the Internet in one form or another. Some of these people may be legitimate, but too many of them are selling pills that have been manufactured in countries without health and safety guidelines. Or they are offering pills that have too little of the effective ingredient in them to work — especially the people touting homeopathic pills. The FDA recommends you stay far away from these people.

In addition, HCG weight loss is very rapid, and no one should ever undergo rapid weight loss without medical supervision. So anyone planning to use it needs a program designed by medical professionals, monitored in a real brick-and-mortar medical center with medicine of known quality.

How HCG helps with weight loss

HCG weight loss uses a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG for short. This is a hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It regulates the metabolism of the mother and encourages the burning of fat. In order to bring about weight loss, hCG must be combined with a low-calorie diet — as little as 500 calories a day, and from a carefully chosen group of foods. This diet is what causes the weight loss. What the hCG does is to help your body turn more fat into energy, so you can go about your day without feeling sick or listless.

An HCG weight loss clinic in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC, has two HCG weight loss programs. There is a 43-day program for those wishing to lose 20 to 40 pounds, and a 23-day program for those who only need to lose 15 pounds or less. Both are based on the original protocol written by Dr. Simeon in the 1950s, and include staff support, weekly HCG weight loss injections and a guidebook for patients that includes low-calorie menus.

When you complete the program, the medical staff will use the FDA-approved Medgem to calculate your new metabolic rate and tell you exactly how many calories per day you need to maintain your new weight without gaining back the pounds you worked so hard to lose. (This is the same equipment used on The Biggest Loser.)

The HCG weight loss programs of the Conner Clinic have a 95 percent success rate. If you feel ready to try HCG weight loss, call to make an appointment today.

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Subscription medicine faster, better

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Let your imagination run wild

Imagine getting sick or injured at 6 p.m. and being able to see a doctor before the end of the day. Or getting an appointment the next day, at the latest. Imagine going into your doctor’s waiting room around noon and returning to work an hour later, your appointment complete and your prescription already filled. Imagine having a doctor or subscription membership practice who knows you personally and doesn’t have to consult a file in order to remember your medical issues. Imagine being able to schedule an annual checkup without taking time off from work.

Imagine that the subscription membership practice offering all this convenience also has an in-house pharmacy which provides quick and convenient medication refills. While you’re at it, imagine that this office provides pediatric care, gynecological exams, lab services, and such services as BOTOX treatments for wrinkles, migraines and excess sweating, mental health screenings and treatment, travel vaccinations, HCG weight loss programs and abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings.

Subscription medical practice or Subscription membership practice

Welcome to the world of subscription medical practice, also called concierge medicine. This is a type of medical practice that has grown 36 percent in the United States in the last three years. In it, patients are given first-class care in exchange for a regular membership fee. This benefits patients in many ways. It eliminates the long stays in waiting rooms that can result in a patient taking half a day or a full day off work to see a doctor for ten or fifteen minutes. The inconvenience of such long visits is one thing that drives many people to put off regular check-ups and other forms of preventative care, which can lead to serious health problems down the road. In a subscription membership practice patients quickly see their doctor, spending more time with the actual visit and less time in the waiting room. This makes preventative care easier to practice. It also means the doctor has fewer patients to keep track of, and is able to give proper attention to all of them.

A Subscription membership practice in Matthews, NC

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offer a subscription membership practice as part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group. Subscription members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which lets members schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, view lab results and even make virtual appointments if necessary — all from their own homes.

The Conner Clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted. Subscribe today.

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Family doctors offer a little of everything

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A little bit of everything

A pediatrician has to know what injuries and illnesses growing children are vulnerable to. He or she also has to be able to talk to children of any age and get them to cooperate with an examination. An obstetrician has to know all about pregnancy and how to keep pregnant women healthy and ensure a smooth delivery and a healthy baby. A geriatrician has to understand the aging process, recognize the symptoms of Alzheimers or Parkinson’s disease and be able to deal respectfully with the aging and infirm.

A family doctor has to do all of this and more. He or she must care for people in every stage of life —small children, older children going through puberty, pregnant women, middle-aged men and women trying to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease or diabetes, or the elderly. More than that, he or she follows the health of patients as they move from one stage to another, and becomes intimately familiar with their medical concerns.

Your family doctors should offer many services — treatment for cuts, scrapes and other minor injuries, diagnostic and preventative care, pediatric care for any children you may have, all sorts of vaccinations, mental health screenings, gynecological exams, bladder scanning or removing ingrown toenails. Family doctors should have time for their patients and the ability to get to know them all. A family doctor may need to limit the number of patients he or she takes on in order to make sure he or she can give each of them the attention they need and deserve. You may want to take advantage of a subscription medical practice so that you can benefit from this service.

A family doctors medical practice in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  Check the website — you never know when there might be a special offer. Make an appointment today.

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On call service 24 hours a day

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A late night call from an on call doctor

(Note: The following is a dramatization.)

At first, the Smith family was not too worried when their six-year-old daughter got up from the dinner table and said her tummy felt bad. Then she threw up.

Two hours went by, and she was still feeling unwell. She threw up again. She was also beginning to suffer from diarrhea, which in addition to a lot more cleanup and laundry meant that this had to be more than just a case of upset stomach. The Smiths were getting very worried.

For a lot of families, this would have meant lying awake at night while their daughter suffered, then making an appointment with their doctor in the morning and hoping there was an opening that day or the next, taking half a day off from work to sit in a waiting room surrounded by people, each with a different communicable disease… all for what might just turn out to be a case of the stomach flu.

Fortunately, the Smith family subscribed to a medical service that had an on call doctor available for times like these. The same person who had been keeping track of their health for the past few years could come tonight. This was a doctor his daughter already knew as a friend and was willing to trust, and who was willing to come out here at night to look at what might just turn out to be a case of the stomach flu.

It turned out to be a case of the stomach flu — a mild rotavirus infection, to be more precise. After a few days of drinking plenty of fluids and keeping activity to a minimum, the little girl felt much better.

On call doctor in Matthews, NC

You may need an on call doctor only once or twice in your life, but when you need one, you cannot do without one. The on call doctor you turn to for help should be within a fairly short drive of your home. Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, have a state-of-the-art medical facility and offer first-class primary care. Subscription members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, executive physicals, preventative care, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Subscribe today.

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BOTOX has a variety of uses

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Not just for wrinkles anymore

Most people just think of BOTOX as a wrinkle treatment — which of course it is. Injections into the facial muscles can temporarily diminish frown lines on the forehead and wrinkles at the corners of the eyes. But it has other uses too. It has been used for several years as a treatment for upper limb spasticity, and the FDA recently approved it as a treatment for lower limb spasticity. Some have used it to correct squints, and for treating strabismus (misaligned eyes) and overactive bladder. It is being researched as a treatment for cerebral palsy. Here are some other uses for it:

  • Long-lasting migraine headaches can hurt not only your ability to do your job, but your whole quality of life. If you suffer from such headaches, you may want to ask your doctor about BOTOX, which is also an FDA-approved preventative treatment for severe chronic migraines. In tests it performs over 28 percent better than a placebo, preventing up to nine headache days a month. Note: the FDA defines a case of chronic migraine as 15 or more headache days a month, with each headache lasting four hours or more, and has not approved the use of BOTOX to treat less frequent headaches.
  • Injections of a weaker form of BOTOX into the underarms can reduce excessive sweating. BOTOX does this by temporarily blocking a chemical in the body that stimulates the sweat glands. Results should be noticeable within a week of taking BOTOX. The effect lasts at least four to six months — longer in some cases. It has not yet been approved by the FDA for use on other areas of the body, but studies suggest it may work in these cases.

It is sometimes called a lunchtime procedure. The injection itself takes about 10 minutes. You may feel a pinch, but you should be able to return to work immediately afterwards. If you are taking BOTOX for facial wrinkles, you should begin to see results within 24 to 48 hours.

The quality of the results will depend on the skill and experience of the doctor administering the BOTOX. Do not use cosmetic procedures that are low-cost or offered at a discount. Used excessively or improperly, BOTOX, like any other treatment, is capable of making things worse instead of better.

A BOTOX provider in Matthews, NC

One place to go for BOTOX treatment in Matthews, NC  is the Conner Family Health Clinic, a subscription medical practice. Dr. Conner is highly experienced at working with this treatment and will make a point of understanding what your goals are so as to develop the right treatment plan for you. If you are interested in any of the medical applications of it, make an appointment today.

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You may need a mental health screening

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Early warnings are important with mental health problems

(The following is a dramatization.)

Psychological problems have a way of sneaking up on people. They start out within the range of normal behavior, but then veer into more dangerous habits.

Kevin thought it was normal to get drunk every weekend. It was just his way of having fun. Then he began to notice that it was not as much fun as it used to be. He needed more drinks and stronger drinks to get the same effect he had once gotten from a few beers. During the week, he would zone out in class and watch the hands of the clock inch their way towards the moment when he could start drinking again. When he saw what this was doing to his grades, he began to wonder if he needed help. A mental health screening let him know that what he was experiencing was the early stages of alcoholism, but there was still time to recover with relatively little damage to his life or health.

Beth thought it was normal to feel down from time to time, but lately she felt down all the time. The things she used to enjoy — tennis, her favorite TV shows, hanging out with her friends — lately did not give her any pleasure at all. She found herself worrying a lot. Worrying about grades, about money, about her boyfriend, about her weight. She found herself waking up early and not being able to get back to sleep. She felt worthless, and could not say exactly why. It was becoming harder and harder to imagine doing anything to fix any of this. It was the headaches and nausea that made her wonder if she had a medical problem. She went to get a checkup. The doctor she described her symptoms to recommended a mental health screening. There she was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and depression.

Scott thought the listless and withdrawn behavior of his roommate was normal. Then his roommate started talking about feeling trapped. He kept apologizing for everything he did, and claimed he was burdening his family with the money they were spending. When he started talking about suicide, Scott urged him to get a mental health screening.

A number of problems can be diagnosed by mental health screenings. These include eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A mental health professional is also someone you can speak with in full confidentiality and get a plan for treatment and support.

Mental health screenings in Matthews, NC

The Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC offers excellent mental health screenings services and support for mental health patients. The clinic has doctors on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and mental health screenings are a part of its subscription medical practice. Call today.

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Sudden death by abdominal aortic aneurysm

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The killer inside- story about abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

(The following is a dramatization.)

Mr. Jackson is in his early sixties, on a drive in the country, and has no idea that he has only ten minutes left to live. A killer waits, unseen, silent, very close to him. When he bleeds to death, no one will even see the blood. The killer is an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Mr. Jackson is in good shape and good health. He took up smoking as a teenager, but quit for good when he was thirty. His blood pressure is within reasonable limits. The worst medical problem he has had in the past ten years was that infection of the aorta he went through in his fifties. Fortunately, it responded to antibiotics. There is nothing wrong with him — except for a weak spot in the wall of his lower aorta.

The aorta is the largest artery in the human body, and carries blood from the heart to the abdomen. The weak spot in the aorta of Mr. Jackson has swelled outward, like a balloon. This is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It grew without causing symptoms until it was too large to be treated through medication.

Any minute now, the balloon will burst, causing massive internal bleeding. Mr. Jackson will suffer rapid heart rate,  intense pain, low blood pressure, dizziness, clamminess, nausea and vomiting. There may also be fainting and bruising along the sides. In order to survive, he would have to be rushed to a hospital, and there is not one close enough. Even if he were to make it to a hospital, doctors would have to recognize the symptoms immediately in order to begin treating him. Only half of those who suffer a burst anuerysm live longer than 30 days.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2009, abdominal aortic aneurysms killed 10,597 people in the U.S., and were a contributing factor in the deaths of over 17,000 more. The people most likely to suffer from them are men who have high blood pressure or have suffered an aortic infection. Risk is particularly high for current or former smokers, even those who smoked only for brief periods.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings in Matthews, NC

The good news is that there are screenings available for this condition. An abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is quick, safe, painless and reliable, using ultrasound to detect the condition. You will probably only need to do it once in your life.

In January of 2007, a federal law went into effect that made free one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings available for any Medicare Part B enrollee who either:

  • Has a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, or
  • Is a man between the ages 65 and 75 and has smoked at least 100 cigarettes in his lifetime.

If you are outside this age range or are not enrolled in Medicare Part B, but you would like an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, they are a part of the subscription medical practice at the Conner Family Health Clinic in Matthews, NC. Dr. Conner is on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Make an appointment today.

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The right way to get hCG

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HCG use and misuse

(The following is a dramatization.)

Tom wanted to lose a lot of weight quickly. He had heard good things about human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. It was supposed to help the body lose fat without losing muscle, at the rate of up to a pound a day. He decided it would be cheaper to buy pills over the counter, rather than commit to a weight loss program monitored by experts. The pills he bought were advertised as homeopathic. Tom did not actually know what that meant, but it sounded vaguely medical and he was pretty sure he had heard it used by some doctorish-looking people on TV, which was good enough for him. He tried to stick to the 500-calorie-a-day diet, but it made him furiously hungry for the first few days and sick and listless after that. What Tom did not know was that the pills he was taking contained none of the active ingredient that would let him maintain a normal level of activity on this diet. He gave up after a week.

Tom was luckier than Jane, who also wanted to try hCG weight loss. She ordered pills online from a supplier in another country. The pills did contain human chorionic gonadotropin, but they also contained something else — something rather toxic. After a few days on the pills, she began to feel very sick and show the symptoms of jaundice. After a stay in the hospital and a biopsy, Jane learned she was suffering from liver damage. The good news was that she would survive, and her liver would return to normal function within a week or so. The bad news was that her health insurance would not cover this unfortunate incident.

Susan was also interested in hCG weight loss. She found a HCG weight loss program in Matthews, NC designed by experts, with medicine of guaranteed effectiveness and purity. There were weekly injections and a guidebook that included a low-calorie menu. She found she actually liked some of the meals, and she was able to go about her day normally while her body burned fat to keep up. The staff at the weight loss clinic carefully monitored her for side effects of rapid weight loss. In 43 days, she lost 37 pounds. The staff used the FDA-approved Medgem, which Susan remembered seeing on The Biggest Loser, to calculate her new metabolic rate so that she would know exactly how much to eat and exercise every day to keep the pounds from coming back on.

Be like Susan.

HCG weight loss clinic in Matthews, NC

The key to HCG weight loss is real medicine of guaranteed quality and real medical oversight. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers two HCG weight loss programs which have a 95 percent success rate and are based on the original protocol written by Dr. Simeon in the 1950s. If you feel ready to try HCG weight loss, call today.

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Diagnostic laboratory services right nearby

Suppose you find yourself suffering from weakness, fatigue, frequent thirst and a general blah feeling. You make an appointment to see your doctor, who informs you that you may be suffering from anemia. In order to know for certain, a small sample of your blood will need to be sent to a diagnostic laboratory for hemoglobin and hematocrit tests. You immediately begin to wonder how long diagnostic laboratory services take in a case like this, and how far out of your way you will have to drive to get to the lab.

As it happens, you are in luck. Your hospital or clinc has an in house lab which can do the work at the time of your appointment. First, you meet the phlebotomist, whose job it is to draw a small sample of blood from one of your veins and take it to the lab. She asks your name, just to make sure she is getting a sample from the right person. Then she explains the procedure. Then, after cleaning and disinfecting the area and applying a topical anaesthetic, she draws the blood. She cleans and bandages the puncture and lets you know how long to leave the bandage on. Then she brings it to the lab, which she says is CLIA waived. What this means is that the lab meets the standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, which sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue. These standards are designed to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can have serious medical consequences if acted upon.

You receive the test results in a few days. Diagnostic laboratory services are something every really good hospital or clinic needs. They let your doctor test you for pregnancy or diagnose anemia, diabetes, tuberculosis, hepatitis or Lyme disease. They can also diagnose allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer.

Diagnostic laboratory services in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic also includes an in-house pharmacy and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. Make an appointment today.

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A tale of vacations in two cities

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What not to forget when planning a trip

(The following are dramatizations.)

The Smith family had been planning to spend the holidays in Rio for the past year. They booked their flight well in advance, found a hotel with a good reputation in a fairly safe neighborhood, bought travelers insurance, and generally did everything they could to make sure their vacation would be both safe and fun. But there was one little detail they forgot — travel vaccinations.

The vacation itself went well. They enjoyed the beach, tried some local cuisine… there were health warnings in the local newspapers, but the Smiths did not go on vacation to read newspapers. They also did not read Portuguese.

The trouble started a couple of weeks after they got home. The day their children began the new semester, Mr. and Mrs. Smith began to feel nauseous. For the first time, their children were able to finish dinner but they themselves could not. The next morning, both of them were running a fever and were almost too weak to get out of bed. They struggled their way to the nearest hospital, where their doctor informed them that they were suffering from hepatitis A. He also said it was quite likely their children were also infected, but were not showing symptoms, so they should stay home from school — assuming they had not already caused an epidemic. Mr. and Mrs. Smith both had to use all their sick days to recover while their ten-year-old son suddenly had to learn how to cook for a family of four.

The Jones family, planning their vacation in Mumbai, took all the precautions the Smith family took, plus one more. They checked the CDC Web site to see what vaccinations were recommended, and got shots against hepatitis A and typhoid. They had a very enjoyable vacation, at one point riding on the back of an elephant. A couple of weeks after they returned home, nothing happened.

Immunization services in Matthews, NC travel vaccinations

The best time to begin planning your vaccination schedule is as soon as you know where you plan to go. At the Traveler Information Center of the CDC Web site, you can find out which vaccines, if any, you will be required to take, and which ones are recommended for your destination. Some of these need to be given in two to three doses over the course of several months.

Once you know which vaccines to take, the next step is to find a travel vaccinations clinic in your area. You should make your first visit to this clinic at least two months before you begin traveling. The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC specializes in this service, offering vaccinations for yellow fever, meningitis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, rabies, polio and Japanese encephalitis. If you plan on going to another country any time soon, find out which travel vaccinations you need and schedule an appointment today.

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Family doctors do a little of everything

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A day or so in the work of a family doctors

Few medical personnel see a greater variety of patients and problems than a family doctor. The family doctor sees an aging man, listens to his descriptions of his occasional memory lapses and tries to decide whether they are normal or a sign of Alzheimers or some other condition.

The family doctor sees a woman in the second trimester of pregnancy, and checks everything to make sure everything is going well. He is not an obstetrician or gynecologist, but he must decide at every appointment whether the patient needs to be referred to one.

The family doctor gives a middle-aged woman a mammogram. As he does so, he listens to her talk about her symptoms. She is showing some of the early signs of type 2 diabetes. He schedules a test for her.

The family doctor sees a teenage track star who pulled a muscle yesterday during practice. He sees a young man with an ingrown toenail that needs trimming. Finally, he sees a family — two parents with three children ranging from two to seven… all with the flu.

Your family doctor should offer a broad range of services. Diagnostic and preventative care are obviously important. Pediatric care and the ability to treat minor cuts and scrapes are essential for any family with children. Mental health screenings, gynecological exams, bladder scanning — any one of these things might become something you need.

Family doctors should have time for their patients. A family doctor may need to limit the number of patients he or she takes on in order to make sure he or she can give enough time and attention to each of them. If you would like to benefit from this level of service, you may want to take advantage of a subscription medical practice.

A family doctor in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services. Check the website for special offers. Make an appointment today.

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Why subscription medicine is growing

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How subscription medicine or subscription membership practice can help you

You are very busy. Between your job and raising your children, you already have very little time to spare.

Then, one Wednesday night, your daughter gets sick. Headaches, vomiting, diarrhea and, when you check her temperature, a slight fever. It looks like she has the stomach flu.

On Thursday morning, you make an appointment to see the doctor. The earliest she can see you is Monday afternoon. So you cancel an appointment with a client, bow out of an important meeting and set aside three hours in the middle of the afternoon to visit your doctor. For both you and her, Friday and the weekend drag by like a prison sentence.

As you suspected, seeing your doctor means spending over an hour in the waiting room. And some of the people you are in this room with are obviously ill. One of them is coughing — the surprisingly deep coughs that seem to come from somewhere around the feet and sound almost like a lion clearing its throat. Another one has a child who blows his nose once every fifteen to thirty seconds and tosses the wadded-up tissues, heavy with mucus, more or less in the direction of the wastebasket. You are starting to worry that your daughter is going to leave this place a lot sicker than she came in.

After all this, you spend about ten minutes with the doctor and learn that your daughter does in fact have gastroenteritis — what people generally call stomach flu. At this point it occurs to you that there must be a better way of getting routine medical treatment.

Subscription membership practice in Matthews, NC

And as a matter of fact, there is. A subscription medical practice limits the number of patients that are seen while giving more time and attention to each one. Appointments are longer (if necessary) but wait times are shorter.

Dr. Conner and the Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offer a subscription membership practice as part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group. Subscription members gain same-day or next-day appointments, advanced diagnostic testing, preventative care, executive physicals, advanced personalized care and personalized medical reports. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which lets members schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, view lab results and even make virtual appointments if necessary — all from their own homes.

The Conner Clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted. Subscribe today.

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