Family Health

At-Home Genetic Testing Kits

At-home genetic testing kits are at the height of popularity right now. But is the information valuable – or just for entertainment? From 23andMe to AncestryDNA, there is an abundance of at-home genetic testing kits that are available right now. You simply buy a kit, mail in a saliva sample and six weeks later, the  

Is the flu worse for pregnant women?

In 13 years of monitoring influenza, the CDC announced that, as of January 6, every part of the  

How to Plan Your Healthy Year: Annual Well Visits

Get 2018 off to a healthy start. Schedule the most important appointment of the year, your annual well visit with your primary care physician. Although that isn’t the first appointment you may think to make, you are probably making health and wellness goals for the year ahead, so it makes sense to include your doctor  

Debunking Winter Illness Myths

Cold and flu season is upon us We all dread cold and flu season and the seemingly endless parade of illnesses that march through our households. Along with these cold and flu viruses come a variety of information – sometimes accurate and sometimes less-than-factual. Dr. Elizabeth Velazquez, a family practice physician at St. Elizabeth Physicians,  

Do you have Sleep Apnea?

The Disruptive Snorer Is there a snorer in your house? Whether it’s you, your partner or your child who is doing the snoring – it can disrupt the entire family’s sleep. St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s partnership with ENT & Allergy Specialists (ENTAS) is the answer to your household’s snoring situation. Our specialized staff of physicians and  

Baby Gift Ideas: Essentials to the Splurge

Nothing is more fun than buying a gift for a newborn. Since the baby is too young to be thankful for the gift, you want the parents to be happy with your gift choice. Myra McElheney, RN, OB Prenatal Educator, reached out to some of the mom’s that have delivered babies at the Family Birth  

GERD Awareness Week

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is an advocate of GERD Awareness Week. The goal of GERD Awareness Week is to educate people on reflux symptoms and treatment options as we begin the holiday season. Festive holiday parties mean decadent food – which can also bring on GERD. What is GERD? Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) affects 30-40 million  

Thanksgiving and Your Family Health History

Turkey day could have an added benefit this year Thanksgiving is the perfect time to connect with loved ones and reflect on blessings of the past year. At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we are encouraging families to take advantage of this time together to also spend a few minutes reflecting on your health. While all of  

Remember the ABCs of Diabetes—Don’t Forget D and E

The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology teamed up in 2011 to raise awareness of diabetes. Together, they created the ABCs of Diabetes to make it easy for you to remember the key numbers you should be watching to know your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Mark Boyd, Family Medicine,  

Does Changing the Clock Increase Risk of Stroke?

Falling back may have more of an impact on your health than you realize. A study released last