Colonial Healthcare

Colonial Healthcare Blog

Tips and advice for common injuries and medical conditions rss


What is Family Medicine?

What is Family Medicine?

by Stephanie Meadows
By definition, family medicine is centered on creating and having lasting relationships with the patient and their families. Research shows that countries that emphasize primary care practice have better health outcomes at lower costs. As the United States still struggles to improve health care delivery, primary care providers, especially family physicians, are the key to improving and achieving a more effective system. In many cases, your healthcare coverage starts with seeing your primary care/family medicine doctor, who determines whether further treatment could require a specialist.

The Importance of the Flu Shot

The Importance of the Flu Shot

by Stephanie Meadows
Have you ever felt groggy, achy and feverish…or even all of the above? Well you most likely have caught the dreaded flu bug. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the flu affects between 5 and 20 percent of the United States population each year. The coughing, fever, headache, sore throat, and runny nose that comes with the flu can be enough to keep you bedridden for a week or more

The Importance of Diagnostic Procedures

The Importance of Diagnostic Procedures

by Stephanie Meadows
Diagnostic tests improve patient care, contribute to the protection of consumer health, and help to limit healthcare spending by finding potential problems sooner. For the purposes of diagnosing, monitoring, screening and prognosis, diagnostic tests are essential at every step.

What Can a Pharmacist Do for You?

What Can a Pharmacist Do for You?

by Stephanie Meadows
By definition, pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice pharmacy, or in other words, those who focus on administering medication to consumers safely and effectively. Pharmacists are a critical part of the healthcare field, as they are the people making the health system safer for patients. With the world’s constantly evolving technology, pharmacists do much more today than ever before.

How the Weather Affects Your Blood Sugar

How the Weather Affects Your Blood Sugar

by Stephanie Meadows
Warning: if you have diabetes, you need to be extra careful when temperatures climb dramatically. Extreme heat can affect your blood sugar (glucose) control, increasing your chance of potential health hazards. If you use insulin or if your treatment of blood glucose levels is poor, this can put you at higher risk. Often, not being able to control blood sugar is the main concern. Depending on the situation and your level of physical activity, low blood sugar levels are also possible.