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Navigating Healthcare

Acetaminophen vs. ibuprofen: Which one to take when?

It’s not always easy knowing what to do when you or a loved one isn’t feeling well. While it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor about any over-the-counter (OTC) medications you’re considering taking, many people commonly turn to acetaminophen or ibuprofen for minor aches, pains and fevers. But how can you know what …

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Why am I so nervous for my doctor’s appointment?

Going to the doctor can be scary and nerve-wracking for everyone. It’s normal to feel nervous prior to an appointment or while you’re sitting in the waiting room. Ever heard of White Coat Syndrome or White Coat Hypertension? Some people’s blood pressure actually spikes at the doctor’s office simply due to anxiety. Whether you go to the …

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Can you drink alcohol on antibiotics? Antibiotic do’s and don’ts

Most of the time you visit the doctor, it’s because you’re sick or not feeling well. Maybe you’re scheduling a visit, hoping your doctor will have some medicine—like an antibiotic—to improve your symptoms or make you feel better sooner. This is one of the more misunderstood topics of medicine. Let’s dive into the topic of …

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Afraid of general anesthesia? Here’s what you need to know

Anesthesiologists bring years of medical training to the vital role of delivering anesthesia, and monitoring and supervising your care before, during and after surgery. Their job is to keep you safe and ensure a smooth recovery. Still, it’s natural to feel uneasy about general anesthesia and the prospect of “going under,” said Russell K. McAllister, …

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What you need to know about generic versus brand name drugs

More people are turning to generic drugs to help ease the pain of pricey prescriptions, yet there’s still a lot of confusion about generic versus brand-name drugs. We’re here to answer some common questions on the differences between the two and advice on choosing what’s best for you. What is a generic drug? In the …

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How to make sense of your lab results

My patients often have questions about the results of their laboratory tests, or bloodwork, especially in this era of “Doctor Google.” I thought it would be good to point out some things that will help you understand the results you receive. It’s important to remember that the conclusions we can make from a collection of …

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Your care team: Partnering for the good of patients

Have you ever decided to schedule a doctor’s appointment and been given the option to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant sooner? Trusting a medical professional is an important decision. That’s why it is vital to understand how a care team operates, so you can rest easy knowing your health is in good hands. …

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There’s an easier way to manage your family’s care: MyBSWHealth

Did you know that you can manage your whole family’s healthcare all in one place? MyBSWHealth makes it easy to keep track of appointments, prescriptions, bills and more for every member of the family—from young children to elderly parents. It’s called proxy access, and here’s how it works. How do I set up proxy access? …

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6 things you can do in the MyBSWHealth app

With all the other responsibilities filling your plate and your schedule, keeping up with doctor’s appointments, test results and prescriptions can be a challenge. But your healthcare should be one thing you don’t have to stress over. With the MyBSWHealth app, you can manage your whole family’s care in one place — all from your …

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5 ways virtual care can make your life easier

Physically getting to the doctor when you’re sick or injured isn’t always easy. And sometimes, all you need is a quick consult, check-up or prescription refill. The good news is, virtual care makes it easy to get the same expert care you’d receive in-person at a doctor’s office — right from the comfort of home. …

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