Lightning Safety

by Premier Health

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

by Premier Health

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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Not Just Lyme: Powassan Virus

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Most people are familiar with Lyme disease as one of the most common tick-borne illnesses in the United States. However, there are several other illnesses that can be transmitted to humans by ticks. One potentially deadly tick-borne illness is Powassan virus, which although rare, the number of reported cases has increased in recent years. 33…

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The Dangers of Lyme Disease

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Tick-borne illnesses have been on a steady rise in New Jersey over the past two decades. In 2017, there were 3,629 confirmed cases of Lyme disease according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With tick-borne illnesses on the rise, it is important to understand the implications of leaving Lyme disease untreated….

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The Warning Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses

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With summer right around the corner, heat-related illnesses are on the rise. Sunburn and heat stroke are two common illnesses that can result from being exposed to high temperatures and too much sunlight. According to the CDC, the most heat-related deaths between 1999 to 2010 occurred between the months of May to September, with the…

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