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Volunteering and its Surprising Health Benefits
December 11, 2019

Volunteering and its Surprising Health Benefits

Volunteering is a great way to help others, but you might not know there are possible health benefits for those who give their time and energy. Truth be told, volunteering is great for the mind, body, and soul.... more
Coping with Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
November 25, 2019

Coping with Acid Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Many of us have felt the common discomfort of indigestion or heartburn — signs and symptoms that the food you just ate does not agree with you. A little unpleasantness now and again is very common, but when the simple symptoms of heartburn occur more than once a week or are accompanied by a cough, sore throat, trouble swallowing, or regurgitation of stomach contents, it could be something that requires medical attention, such as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).... more
Stomach and Pancreatic Cancer - What to Know
November 14, 2019

Stomach and Pancreatic Cancer - What to Know

The month of November is dedicated to raising awareness for both stomach (gastric) and pancreatic cancer, two forms of cancer that affect nearly 100,000 people annually. Both cancers present severe hardships and share similarly poor prognosis if not detected early and properly treated.... more
Diabetes, Your Feet and Wound Care
November 06, 2019

Diabetes, Your Feet and Wound Care

Chronic, slow and non-healing wounds are an increasing medical problem. Although these wounds can be associated with many disease states, wound development and delayed wound healing are very common in the diabetic population. Of the estimated 26 million people in the United States, 8% are diabetic and 25% of those individuals will develop a wound in their lifetime.... more
Stay Safe this Halloween
October 16, 2019

Stay Safe this Halloween

It is that time of the year again where both young and old put on their best costumes and head out to celebrate Halloween. To ensure that this Halloween is a day and evening full of fun-filled joy, SMGAZ would like to offer a few tips on how to keep this holiday safe.... more
Breast Health: Screening for Breast Cancer
October 15, 2019

Breast Health: Screening for Breast Cancer

Mammograms are equally important for women who have no symptoms as they are for those who are experiencing symptoms, including lumps, pain, or nipple discharge... more
Why Motion is Lotion and Rest is Rust
October 02, 2019

Why Motion is Lotion and Rest is Rust

World Arthritis Day is celebrated on October 12th in an effort to raise global awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.... more
An Overview of Newborn Screenings
September 24, 2019

An Overview of Newborn Screenings

September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the Newborn Screening Program among new and expectant parents, health care professionals, and the public. Here is key information to help guide parents through the screening process so that any health concerns are identified and can properly be addressed.... more
Tackle Pain Without Opioids
August 01, 2019

Tackle Pain Without Opioids

Prescription opioid abuse has become a severe problem over the years, turning into a true national health epidemic. At SMGAZ, we are doing all we can to raise awareness of the risks associated with opioid misuse and promote safe and effective non-pharmacologic options to relieve pain. International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on August 31st each year, aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.... more
Healthy Tips for Back to School
July 22, 2019

Healthy Tips for Back to School

Research shows that healthy children who exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals, and are emotionally balanced, have higher test scores and fewer behavioral problems. At SMGAZ, we want to do all we can to ensure your child has a safe and healthy school year.... more
Back To School Nutrition
July 17, 2019

Back To School Nutrition

Tackling that back-to-school checklist is no easy task, and with so much to accomplish before school doors open, oftentimes we overlook the importance of packing a thoughtful school lunch.... more
Some Don't Like It Hot
June 26, 2019

Some Don't Like It Hot

If you’ve lived in Arizona for at least one summer, you are familiar with how hot it can become outside. Since we cannot stop our lives, we occasionally need to be outside under these extreme conditions. Being exposed to such high temperatures, even for a short period of time, can lead to heat exhaustion and eventually heat stroke.... more
Health Screenings for Men
June 06, 2019

Health Screenings for Men

We often think of regular maintenance for our cars and homes, but for some reason, we tend to wait until we are sick to see a doctor. Unfortunately, the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality does not work well when it comes to overall health.... more
Men’s Health: Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right For You?
May 31, 2019

Men’s Health: Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right For You?

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer. About one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. An estimated 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, according to the American Cancer Society.... more
Plantar Fasciitis: Q&A with Dr. Evelyn Heigh
April 01, 2019

Plantar Fasciitis: Q&A with Dr. Evelyn Heigh

In recognition of National Foot Health Awareness Month, we sat down with Summit Medical Group Arizona podiatrist, Dr. Evelyn Heigh, to discuss the common heel pain condition known as Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tur-fas-e-I-tis).... more
Summit Medical Group Arizona Presents: 7 Day Sleep Challenge
March 06, 2019

Summit Medical Group Arizona Presents: 7 Day Sleep Challenge

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night for adults. Those who are getting that amount, acknowledge that it does in fact, make them feel better—increasing energy, alertness, happiness, and function. At Summit Medical Group Arizona, we want everyone to experience this.... more
Preventing Colorectal Cancer with Screening Colonoscopies
March 05, 2019

Preventing Colorectal Cancer with Screening Colonoscopies

Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. Per the American Cancer Society, 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women in the United States will develop colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer symptoms often appear only after the cancer has grown or spread. That’s why it’s best to be screened before you have any symptoms.... more
Resolve to Make Mindfulness a New Year's Resolution
December 21, 2018

Resolve to Make Mindfulness a New Year's Resolution

Making a New Year’s resolution can bring about positive change in your life. That’s why each January, a full 40 percent of Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. But, research shows that nearly 80 percent of resolutions fail by the second week of February.... more
Preventing Holiday Weight Gain
December 19, 2018

Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are an exciting time of year full of parties and other festive moments that offer tempting treats. Due to all of these joyful events, it can be very difficult to avoid holiday weight gain, especially because it seems like a great excuse to splurge.... more
SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP ARIZONA ADDS BREAST SURGERY SERVICES
December 04, 2018

SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP ARIZONA ADDS BREAST SURGERY SERVICES

Summit Medical Group Arizona announced today the addition of breast surgeon Ronald L. Bauer, MD, FACS to its Surgery team. Dr. Bauer offers evaluation of breast conditions in both women and men, examination of abnormal clinical findings, in-office minimally invasive biopsy procedures and definitive breast surgeries.... more
Diabetes and Your Feet: Healthy Feet, Healthy You
November 08, 2018

Diabetes and Your Feet: Healthy Feet, Healthy You

November is National Diabetes Mellitus Month, a time when communities across our country come together to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on over thirty million Americans. It is important to take good care of your feet, especially when you have diabetes. Diabetes can put the health of your feet and legs at risk. The best way to prevent these risks is to make sure your diabetes remains well controlled with a healthy lifestyle and any medications your provider prescribes.... more
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
November 05, 2018

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Drowsy driving is a widespread national public health and safety issue. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drowsy driving is related to at least 100,000 motor-vehicle crashes and more than 1,500 deaths per year.... more
Watch Out for Children on Halloween
October 23, 2018

Watch Out for Children on Halloween

As children take to the streets on Halloween to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.... more
Fighting to Prevent SIDS
October 23, 2018

Fighting to Prevent SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)—the abrupt, unexpected death of a baby younger than age 1—is the number one killer of American children between ages 1 month and 1 year. The exact cause of SIDS remains unknown. Most babies who die of SIDS have no symptoms, and an autopsy shows no cause of death.... more
What to Do About Low HDL Cholesterol
October 23, 2018

What to Do About Low HDL Cholesterol

If your doctor says that your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level is too low, take heart. There are steps you can take to improve this “good" cholesterol—and boost your cardiovascular health. Here’s some information you can use to begin discussing a plan with your doctor.... more
Breast Cancer Screenings
October 10, 2018

Breast Cancer Screenings

Recent guidelines on breast cancer screening have changed a lot, and several national expert groups have made differing recommendations as to when a first mammogram should be obtained and how often they should be performed. However, we suggest obtaining a first mammogram between the age of 40 and 50 and earlier if you have family history of breast cancer.... more
Breast Cancer – Things to Think About
October 05, 2018

Breast Cancer – Things to Think About

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in young women aged 15 to 34. It can be scary to think about and even scarier to face. Here are some quick, helpful tips.... more
Am I Taking Too Many Medications?
September 21, 2018

Am I Taking Too Many Medications?

Here’s something you may not know: taking more than five medications is called polypharmacy. While each medication may be necessary, and the benefits outweigh the risk of not taking them, it’s still important to be aware of the symptoms that can occur from polypharmacy. The symptoms of simultaneous drug usage can easily be confused with symptoms of normal aging or another disease, which oftentimes results in additional drugs being prescribed as treatment.... more
Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Cancer Care for Women
September 18, 2018

Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Cancer Care for Women

Experts with Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Cancer Center take a multidisciplinary team approach to developing and carrying out your treatment plan when you are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.... more
Ovarian Cancer – Know the Facts
September 07, 2018

Ovarian Cancer – Know the Facts

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer often goes undetected due to its subtle symptoms but if diagnosed and treated early, treatment success and survival rate increase significantly. Read below to learn more about risk reduction and advances in treatment.... more
Teen Depression and Suicide
September 06, 2018

Teen Depression and Suicide

Distinguishing between typical teenage problems and symptoms of mental illness is not always easy, but parents should be aware of significant emotional and behavioral changes in their child that may warn of depression. If you believe your child may be struggling with a serious problem or mental health disorder, ask him or her about it. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, and it could put your teen at risk.... more
Extreme Heat Dangers
August 20, 2018

Extreme Heat Dangers

Despite varying external temperatures, the human body maintains a fairly consistent internal temperature. To sustain this “safe” internal temperature, our bodies are constantly working to eliminate any excess heat—a function we generally aren’t aware of until we are exposed to more heat than we can handle. People tend to suffer heat-related illness when this critical function fails, and their body is unable to properly cool itself.... more
Dr. David Levine Appears on Megyn Kelly TODAY
August 20, 2018

Dr. David Levine Appears on Megyn Kelly TODAY

Summit Medical Group pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, Dr. David Levine, shared his personal journey through postpartum depression with NBC’s Al Roker, Keir Simmons and Jacob Soboroff for the viewers of Megyn Kelly TODAY. Dr. Levine was joined on panel by psychiatrist, Dr. Catherine Birndorf and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, Erica Cheng.... more
Back to School Jitters
August 20, 2018

Back to School Jitters

All children experience some kind of anxiety. Worries get triggered by new and unfamiliar situations, so worries about something like going back to school are completely normal. As parents, we can help ease the transition with some basic steps.... more
Prepare Your Kids for a Healthy School Year
August 10, 2018

Prepare Your Kids for a Healthy School Year

Although no one wants to think about it, school will be back in session soon. Taking care of your child’s health care needs before classes begin can help relieve some of that school year stress. In addition to buying school supplies and digging out backpacks, it’s important to focus on a few health-related “to-dos”. Annual well-child check-ups, immunizations, and sports physicals should be on the top of your to-do list.... more