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What is Trans Fat:

  1. Trans fat is the worst fat you can eat; also known as trans-fatty-acids.
  2. Trans fat can increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and can lower your good cholesterol (HDL).
  3. Food high in trans fat include: baked goods, popcorn, tortilla chips, fried foods, cinnamon rolls, frozen pizza, coffee creamer, and stick margarine along with many other foods.
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Is a New at-Home Colon Cancer Test for You?

July 27, 2016 — Up to 40% of people who should get a test for colon cancer aren’t doing so.

That’s one of the reasons why some doctors are encouraged by Cologuard, a new at-home test for colon cancer.

The mail-away DNA stool test for colon cancer is covered by Medicare, and an influential federal task force just included it on a list of recommended ways to look for the disease.

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For pertinent medical information on the Zika Virus and Mosquito control click on the PDF link here: ZIKA_VIRUS_AND MOSQUITO_CONTROL.

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Coffee: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost.

More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this dark black beverage, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease.

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New Physician Assistant – Alison Mueller, PA-C

Alison Mueller joined Smaldore Family Practice in November 2015. Alison was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. She is a certified Physician Assistant who received a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in May 2008 and  Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences in May 2007 from Alderson and Broaddus College in Phillipi, WV.

Prior to joining Smaldore Family Practice Associates, Alison worked in both a primary care practice as well as pain management practice.

Alison resides in Bel Air, MD with her husband Brandon who works as a CPA, her daughter Audrey, son Eli, and their golden retriever, Stella. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and working out.

Teen Use of E-Cigarettes Has Strong Link to Smoking

Teens who use electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, may be more likely to start smoking tobacco, a new study says.

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Half a Handful of Nuts Daily to Lower Mortality?

Nuts – they’re crunchy, salty, and addictive, and more than a little addictive. When you’re eating them, portion control is a must. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat lots of nuts to Read more

Is it a cold or the flu? Severity is a tell-tale sign

Catching a cold — or even worse, the flu — is common this time of the year when close contact with others, busy schedules and stress make us even more susceptible to the many respiratory Read more

Half of US adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, study says

New research suggests that half of all U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

The study of government health surveys echoes previous research and shows numbers

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Skin Cancer / Melanoma

Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, develops in the cells (melanocytes) that produce melanin the pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, in internal organs, such as your intestines. Read more

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