CBD Oil As a Medication

by Premier Health

Cannabidiol, colloquially known as CBD, is obtained from hemp in a Cannabis sativa plant. Hemp is the fiber of the cannabis plant, and it is not used as a recreational drug. While THC is the active chemical in marijuana and causes a high, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC. In 2018 a bill was…

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The Dangers of Vaping

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E-cigarette usage, also known as vaping, is a rising trend among ex-smokers and teenagers alike. Although it is marketed as a healthy alternative to cigarette usage, the dangers of vaping can be severe. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, 9 cases of severe pulmonary disease due to vaping have been reported.  Vaping is…

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Shingles

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Shingles is caused by varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Varicella virus is highly contagious and spreads from infected blisters. Once the rash crusts over, you can no longer transmit the virus. Transmission can be reduced by covering the blisters or by staying away from other people during the time of your infection….

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Lightning Safety

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Lightning strikes the ground worldwide more than 8 million times per day. The odds of being struck by lightning are relatively low, however, it is important to know the proper precautions to take, because being struck can have severe consequences. Between 2003 and 2012, lightning strikes caused an average of 35 deaths per year.  Lightning…

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Hepatitis C

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It is estimated that 2.4 million people suffer from Hepatitis C in the United States. For some, Hepatitis C is a short-term, acute illness, but for 70% to 85% of sufferers, it develops into a long-term, chronic disease. Chronic Hepatitis C can result in serious health problems, some of which can be fatal. Hepatitis C…

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Hepatitis B

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Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by exposure to the Hepatitis B virus. Many people worldwide are infected with Hepatitis B at birth or early on in childhood, but do not develop symptoms until much later. It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with the virus, many of…

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Hepatitis A

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It is estimated that 2,800 people in the United States are infected with Hepatitis A virus, many of which do not know they have the disease. Hepatitis A is an acute illness, meaning it does not stay in your system long term. Those afflicted with the virus either get over the infection, or go on…

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Hepatitis Awareness

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An estimated 300 million people worldwide are living with the hepatitis virus without even knowing it. Without proper medical attention, people will continue to suffer from this insidious disease. July 28th is World Hepatitis Day, and it is important to know the signs and symptoms of the different viral strains. Symptoms  Fatigue Flu-like symptoms Dark…

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Contact Dermatitis: Poison Ivy & Poison Oak

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Contact dermatitis occurs when skin comes in contact with an allergen. An allergen is a protein  that a person’s body recognizes as foreign and mounts an immune response against it. On the skin this manifests as a red, itchy rash. Contact with the oil of certain plants containing allergens, such as poison ivy and poison…

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Not Just Lyme: Anaplasmosis

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In the months of June through September, tick-borne illnesses in New Jersey run rampant. Healthcare providers at Premier Health Associates have extensive experience treating all tick-borne disease, so if you are unsure we advise seeing one of our physicians. While Lyme disease is well-known and common, ticks transmit various diseases. Anaplasmosis is a lesser-known tick-borne…

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