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10 Things to Know About Mammograms
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Mammograms find breast cancer at the earliest stage.
New Leadership Team is Announced
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The new leadership team consists of CEO Anthony Viceroy and Dr. Steven Meixler, Medical Director.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
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What’s new in screening for prostate cancer?
Free Falls Risk Assessment – Week of September 22-28
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The assessment will take less than five minutes.
Preventing and Avoiding Falls
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Slips and trips frequently cause the falls that bring a patient to the doctor’s office.
WESTMED Welcomes Norwalk Medical Group
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The medical group includes 19 board-certified physicians.
Yellow Fever Vaccine Update
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There is a national shortage of yellow fever vaccine.
The Solar Eclipse:  Watch it Safely on August 21
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Northeasterners are likely to see three-quarters of this remarkable event.
Innovative Automated Clinical Lab Opens at WESTMED
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One of the First of Its Kind in the Northeast
Vaccinations are for Adults, Too
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A powerful way to protect yourself and those you love from illness.
Protect Your Child – Getting Ready for a Healthy School Year
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Do your child’s immunization records meet the health department requirements for back to school?
WESTMED Named a Best Workplace in New York
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A new distinction for the practice from Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine.
Sun Protection for you and Your Family
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Research indicates that one serious childhood sunburn could trigger skin cancer in later years.
Give Your Dad the Gift of Health
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Tell him about the screenings & immunizations he needs.
WESTMED CEO Says
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Medical leaders and lawmakers gathered to discuss the healthcare bill passed by the House.
EpiPen Auto-Injector Recall
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The FDA continues to alert patients about the voluntary recall of 13 lots of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.
Protect Yourself & Your Family from the Risk of Lyme Disease
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Westchester and Fairfield are high-risk areas for Lyme disease.
Spring: Tips for Allergy Relief
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How to prepare for spring pollen allergies.
WESTMED Named as a Top Workplace in Fortune Magazine List
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The distinction was earned for being an organization dedicated to the well-being of our patients, physicians and employees.
 Have You Made Your Wishes Known?
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Do you have a Health Care Proxy? National Health Care Decisions Day, now a week of events April 16-22, emphasizes the value.
Colorectal Cancer is Highly Treatable if Found in Early Stages
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There are many screening options that you can discuss with your doctor to lower your risk.
Sunday Mammography at Ridge Hill on Fios 1 News
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Mammograms find breast cancer at the earliest stage, enabling early diagnosis and treatment.
10 Surprising Foods That Need to be in your Fridge
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Many of the “less obvious” foods belong in the fridge, just like eggs, milk and meat.
Are you at Risk for COPD?  What Can You Do?
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Some of the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are similar to those of other conditions. Check out your symptoms with your doctor.
How to Dress Baby for a Safe Winter Drive
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What are the Do's and Don'ts?
February is American Heart Month
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It’s time to take matters into your own hands to help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Taming the Winter Itch
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Dr. Saryna Young, WESTMED dermatologist, offers 10 tips to help relieve dry winter skin.
Vaping and Your Teen
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Dr. Wendy Proskin, WESTMED pediatrician, recently discussed the health effects of vaping.
Weight Loss Tips for 2017
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Some great tips for losing weight in the new year.
The Effectiveness of Weight Loss Treatments
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WESTMED Weight Loss Center director comments on recent New York Times article.
Holiday Survival Tips to Avoid Weight Gain
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7 healthy holiday eating tips from Dr. Nitya Sharma, director of WESTMED’s Comprehensive Weight Loss Center.
Holiday Asthma and Allergy Tips
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Holiday gatherings and spending more time indoors exposes many people to a variety of allergen triggers.
Four Ways to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance
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Overusing antibiotics encourages stronger bacteria to grow, which do not respond to antibiotics.
75 WESTMED Physicians Make “Top Doctors” List
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In addition to WESTMED physicians in internal medicine, pediatrics and primary care, doctors from 27 specialties are listed.
It Takes a Team to Control Diabetes
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A great deal can be done to prevent the complications of diabetes that used to be seen years ago.
CDC Says Preteens Need Only 2 HPV Shots
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Studies have shown that two doses of Gardasil, the current HPV vaccine, work just as well as three doses in kids ages 9-14.
Study: Calcium Supplements May Not Be Heart Healthy
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Foods that are naturally high in calcium may even help protect the heart, Johns Hopkins University researchers are saying.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Again a Top Fundraiser!
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WESTMED Happy to be Part of the Amazing Turnout
It’s National Case Management Week!
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WESTMED’s case managers play a unique role in the delivery of high quality and cost-effective healthcare services.
Protect Your Health with Breast Cancer Screening
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Our Comprehensive Breast Center offers a full array of services to detect, diagnose and treat breast diseases and conditions quickly, accurately and compassionately.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine is Now Available at WESTMED
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Announcing hours and locations for flu shots. Make an appointment today.
Call When It
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Over the past year, WESTMED has significantly grown our number of locations to make our quality, efficient and coordinated care available to more patients in Westchester and now Fairfield counties.
National Falls Prevention Week is September 22-28
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WESTMED’s Physical Therapy Department will perform fall risk assessments (free) at 5 medical offices.
WESTMED Fall Events
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Check at all of the great events coming to WESTMED this Fall.
A New Shingles Vaccine on the Horizon?
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A vaccine called Zostavax is already in use to protect against shingles.
Do Antibacterial Products Beat Soap and Water?
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It’s “no soap” for any health benefit of antibacterial soaps and body washes.
HHS Awards Mega-Contract to Develop Zika Vaccine with Preventive Genetic Codes
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Vaccine will use messenger RNA, or mRNA technology to generate immune response in people.
New York + 4 Other Cities to Share $2.4M to Fight Zika
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New York City will receive an additional $700,000 to step up and coordinate responses to Zika.
Put Safety on the Back-to-School List
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CDC Resources to keep children safe—in and away from school.
 WESTMED Allergists Comment on EpiPen Issue
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We encourage you to have a conversation with your allergist to discuss what is best for you.
“A to Zika” Twitter Town Hall All Day Today
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Submit your questions to U.S. public health experts about the Zika virus on Twitter using #AtoZika.
Dr. Wendy Proskin in Consumer Reports Story on HPV Vaccine
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Dr. Proskin says that WESTMED pediatricians generally give the vaccine, called Gardasil, to girls starting at age 12.
CDC Advises Pregnant Women: Avoid Miami Beach Due to Zika
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Travel to “the sun and fun capital of the world”—Miami Beach--should be avoided by pregnant women.
WESTMED Chosen for National Preventive Initiative
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This program for Medicare patients will involve assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease and developing a targeted plan to prevent it.
Consumer Reports IDs Supplement Ingredients to Avoid
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15 dietary supplement ingredients may be potentially harmful.
Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay
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Here is what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control advises when it comes to the best ways to prevent bug bites.
The Basics of Food Safety
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Safe cookin’ is a necessary ingredient for good cookin’.
WESTMED Welcomes Orthopaedic Associates of Stamford
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OAS brings an additional 50 people to WESTMED’s healthcare team.
Heat Safety Tips
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Here are some important heat safety tips from the American Red Cross.
Grilling and Barbeque Safety
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Here are some FDA tips for safely getting food to your picnic.
Rye Location Weekend Closure Dates
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WESTMED's Rye location, located at 1 Theall Road, will be closed due to the building's air conditioning system is being replaced.
WESTMED Launches New Spine Center
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WESTMED Medical Group is announcing the rollout of the WESTMED Spine Center, featuring a multi-specialty team approach to spine care.
WESTMED Diabetes Education Program Earns ADA Recognition
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ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
Southern Westchester OB/GYN Associates of Yonkers Joins WESTMED
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The OB/GYNs provide the full spectrum of obstetrical and gynecological services, which will be enhanced by WESTMED’s state-of-the-art clinical laboratory.
WESTMED Docs Make Best Doctors List
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WESTMED ups its number of physicians on the Best Doctors list to more than a dozen.
WESTMED Expands at Ridge Hill Location in Yonkers
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WESTMED has expanded to the first floor of its Ridge Hill location.
WESTMED Earns National Recognition from the CDC for BP Control
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The award is given to medical practices that have helped their adult patients achieve blood pressure control rates at or above the Million Hearts target of 70 percent.
Today is National Day of Action for High Blood Pressure Prevention
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It’s the third year that WESTMED and 150 medical groups and health systems nationwide have joined in May 5th as a Day of Action for high blood pressure prevention.
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month
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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S.
WESTMED Gets Highest Recognition as NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home
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It recognizes WESTMED for going beyond the role of the primary doctor managing a patient’s acute medical needs.
Low-Fat Diet Cuts Breast Cancer Risk: New Study
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Women staying on a low-fat diet for about 8 years reduced their risk from invasive breast cancers.
Do You Have a Healthcare Proxy?
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Saturday, April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day.
USC Study:  Drinking Coffee Reduces Risk of Colorectal Cancer
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The benefits are across the board for all types of coffee--caffeinated, decaffeinated, even instant.
Experts Say Kids’ Drinks Have Too Much Sugar
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A new study has found that many fruit juices and drinks for kids load them up with a full day’s worth of sugar in a single serving.
Workouts May Be A Brain’s Best Friend
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New research shows the benefits exercise can have on brain health as we age.
What’s the Best Approach to Quitting Smoking?
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The “cold turkey,” abrupt approach to quitting smoking holds the best chance for success.
WESTMED Announces a New Comprehensive Weight Loss Center
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WESTMED announces the rollout of its new Comprehensive Weight Loss Center.
Winter Weight Loss Slump
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With the winter months, there’s an increase in melatonin, which has been found to act on appetite, and you may be tempted to eat more.
CDC Warns of Cancer Risk from Types of Laminate Flooring
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Certain types of laminate flooring emit formaldehyde.
Sunny-side up News for Egg Lovers
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Egg lovers who are watching their dietary cholesterol will like the latest news about one of their favorite proteins.
Should Women Skip the Spuds Before Pregnancy?
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Some researchers are suggesting that women who are looking to become pregnant should resist the french fries and mashed potatoes.
Minimize your Risk of Illness from Air Travel
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One in 5 travelers developed a cold within 2 weeks of flying.
National Smoking Bans are Saving Lives
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Tobacco is the second leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for about 10 percent of adult deaths.
 Hard to Recognize Heart Attack Symptoms for Women
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The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in February brings a focus on heart attack symptoms that women should be aware of.
Adult Seafood Lovers May Have Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s
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For those in their late 80s, a study has found the brain-protecting benefits of eating fish outweigh any potential harms from mercury.
Are Telephone and Web-Based Quit Smoking Programs Successful?
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About 30% of smokers who use a Web-based or telephone-based smoking cessation program kick the habit.
Top Cancer Advance of the Year is Immunotherapy
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Immunotherapy has been named the top cancer advance of the year by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Red Cross has Emergency Need for Blood & Platelet Donors
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The American Red Cross has a blood shortage in the region, since severe January weather caused the cancellation of more than 340 blood drives in 20 states.
CDC:  Women Should Stop Drinking When They Stop Birth Control
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The CDC says that most women don’t stop drinking until they are four to six weeks pregnant.
Take your
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The AHA has designed an easy checklist for you to find out your personal heart score.
Zika Virus Outbreak Declared Public Health Emergency by WHO
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This will mean more money to develop a preventive vaccine and a coordinated global response.
A Way for Teenage Girls to Lower Breast Cancer Risk?
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Teenage girls who eat a diet higher in fiber with lots of fruits and veggies may lower their risk of breast cancer before menopause.
New Federal Task Force Seeks
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President Barack Obama has created what has been dubbed the “White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force.”
White House Weighs in on Zika Virus
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The White House has released answers to questions that many Americans may have about the Zika virus and whom it could impact.
New Zika Virus Travel Warning Issued
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The CDC continues to add destinations to areas where the mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
Task Force:  All Adults Should Be Screened for Depression
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Why all adults should be screened for depression as a routine part of healthcare.
Avoid Holiday Stomach Distress
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Your favorite irresistible holiday treats can bring stomach aches and discomfort. How can you keep your stomach happy and comfortable?
Sleep Apnea Treatment at WESTMED
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Learn more about WESTMED's Sleep Centers
Ribbon Cutting at New Greenwich Office
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This location offers patients urgent care services with on-site radiology and laboratory services on the first floor.
69 WESTMED Physicians Named
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WESTMED doctors from 30 specialties were recognized.
Why Early Breast Cancer Detection is Important
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Leslie Farucci, who has been cancer free for five years, talks about the importance of mammograms and early detection.
New Co-Medical Directors
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In their new positions, Drs. Morel and Meixler will assume clinical leadership roles.
Grand Opening of New WESTMED Facility
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There are about 70 providers and 85 staff at the new WESTMED facility in Purchase.
WESTMED Docs Make Best Doctors List
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New York Magazine has named 11 WESTMED Medical Group physicians as best in their specialty.
PET-CT Scanning Now at 3030
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WESTMED’s first PET/CT scanner is now in operation at 3030 Westchester Avenue.
Seasonal Allergy Treatments for Kids
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Dr. Laura Mechanic discusses pediatric seasonal allergy treatments on Fios 1.
New: 3D Mammography at WESTMED’s Rye Location
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WESTMED Medical Group is excited to offer Hologic 3D mammography for breast cancer screening.
Breast Biopsies
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WESTMED breast surgeons comment on New York Times article.
Sleep Tips for the Weary
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Follow these 10 basic rules for a good night's sleep.
WESTMED Doctors Diet Competition
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More than 30 WESTMED physicians are joining Mission Slimpossible—a 90 day diet and exercise challenge.
Update: Measles Symptoms and Prevention
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As of March 1, measles has infected over 150 people in the U.S.
Taking Steps to Prevent Lung Cancer
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We offer CT scan screening for patients felt to be at high risk for lung cancer.
29 WESTMED Physicians in Top Doctors Issue
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The magazine generates its list based on information compiled by a healthcare research firm.
Patient Health Improving: WESTMED & Aetna Report
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WESTMED physicians reduced hospital admissions among their patients by more than 35%.
Two New VPs at WESTMED Medical Group
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Doctors Morel and Meixler have been appointed vice presidents at WESTMED Medical Group.
6 WESTMED Physicians Named to Best Doctors List
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Six WESTMED physicians made the prestigious list.
Know When Antibiotics Work and When They Don
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If you or your child has a virus, antibiotics will not keep them from getting sick.