Beyond the Bedside: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Dr. Eric Sensenbrenner October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may notice several groups participating in breast cancer awareness, along with the American Cancer Society. The NFL has been one of the largest platforms for this in its “Crucial Catch” campaign since 2009. Continuing to raise breast cancer awareness informs patients about the importance of cancer screening, as well as provides support for ongoing cancer research. Among women in the United States, breast cancer is the most common occurring cancer, excluding skin cancers. The lifetime risk of developing invasive breast cancer is roughly 12.4% (1 in 8 women) for U.S. women. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. The chances for getting breast cancer increase with age with the median age at...


Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/4 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce1/4 cup coconut oil (or another healthy oil of your choice)1/2 cup honey or maple syrup2 large eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional) Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it lightly.In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger).In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla...


Beyond the Bedside: Sinus Infection

One of the most common problems physicians see in the office is what patients often call “sinus infections.” A similar, but more encompassing term used in the medical field is “upper respiratory tract infection” or URI. They are terms used to diagnose a constellation of symptoms brought on by an infectious organism that causes inflammation of the mucosal membranes lining the nose, sinuses, mouth, and throat but do not involve the lungs. These symptoms include headache, fever, sneezing, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, and cough.The real question to answer is what type of organism is causing the infection? A virus or bacteria? Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation leading patients to think that antibiotics are the “cure” for their symptoms. In fact,...


Value-Based Medicine

You might be familiar with the term "value-based medicine," which, like many healthcare terms, can be a bit perplexing if you haven't delved into the intricacies of the healthcare system. The complexities of health insurance, reimbursement rates, and concepts like accountable care organizations can all feel overwhelming. You may be wondering how value-based medicine will ultimately impact your well-being or improve outcomes for you and your loved ones. What is value-based healthcare? Value-based medicine is a healthcare approach that delivers the best possible patient outcomes while efficiently managing costs. Unlike traditional fee-for-service models that reward care volume, value-based medicine prioritizes quality, patient satisfaction, and overall health improvement. It encourages healthcare providers to be more accountable and proactive in delivering personalized, evidence-based care. Ultimately, value-based medicine aims...


Understanding A1C: A Key Marker in Diabetes Management

By Tyler J. Hyslep, PA-C Diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder and one of the most common chronic diseases seen at our office. Managing diabetes requires close monitoring of blood glucose levels to prevent complications. One crucial tool that we use is an A1C test. A1C is a blood test that measures the average blood glucose level over the past three months. It provides a valuable indicator of long-term blood sugar control, offering insights into a person's overall diabetes management. The A1C test measures the percentage of hemoglobin molecules in the blood that have glucose attached to them. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. When blood glucose levels are high, more glucose binds to hemoglobin, forming an A1C. The...