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Why Your Child Needs a Physical Each Year

Has your child had their back-to-school physical yet? While physicals are only required when first enrolling in a Florida school, an annual physical reinforces the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor can assess growth, discuss important milestones, and provide any required immunizations during a back-to-school physical. Annual check-ups are more important than ever to…

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What Are the Advantages of Seeing an Orthopedic Doctor in Macclenny?

Orthopedic care provides diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of injuries or disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. According to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, Musculoskeletal diseases like trauma, back pain, and arthritis affect nearly half of people 18 and older and three-quarters of people 65 and older. While your primary care…

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How Our Robot Zaps Germs

Infection control is taken very seriously on the Baker County Medical Services (BCMS) healthcare campus. So seriously, in fact, that we’ve enlisted the help of a LightStrike™ Germ-Zapping Robot to keep our patients, their families and our staff safe since 2017. “BCMS has an on-going commitment to state-of-art technology that we are very proud of,”…

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Why Do You Need a Primary Care Doctor?

Your primary care doctor is often the first point of contact for non-emergency medical needs such as check-ups, common illnesses, screenings, and immunizations. They specialize in diagnosing, treating, preventing, and managing a wide variety of medical conditions and can come from family medicine or internal medicine backgrounds. “Establishing a relationship with a primary care doctor…

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Stroke Awareness: The Link Between Stroke & Heart Disease

Stroke is a cardiovascular disease that occurs when a blood vessel feeding the brain gets clogged or bursts. It is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. There is a significant link between stroke and heart disease when it comes to cardiovascular health. According to a study by the American Heart Association, the risk…

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Managing Stress & Anxiety During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us at home, wondering when life will return to normal with feelings of stress and anxiety affecting more and more people. According to The American Institute of Stress, some signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety include: Headaches Lethargy Digestive issues Loss of appetite  Nervousness and restlessness Feelings of…

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National Sleep Awareness Month: How Well Do You Sleep?

Sleep health is an essential part of your overall health and wellness and most people aren’t getting enough. The National Sleep Foundation recommends the number of hours each age group should have each night: Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours  Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours Preschoolers (3-5): 10-13 hours School-age children…

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How to Recognize and Prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month which allows us an opportunity to shine a light on the prevalence of heart disease and encourage our patients to adopt healthier lifestyles. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for men and women. While heart disease can be deadly, it’s also preventable in most people. By…

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Dopson Family Medical Center Welcomes Kate Bennett, MD

Dopson Family Medical Center is proud to welcome Kate Bennett, MD, to our family medicine practice. “The addition of Dr. Bennett to the Dopson Family Medical Center primary care team allows us to expand our services and provide even more health care services to the people of Baker County,” said Edward Anderson, CEO of Baker…

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How to Stick To Your New Year’s Health Resolutions in 2020

A new year and a new decade is upon us and with that comes the wave of New Year’s Resolutions. It’s always easy to set lofty goals about all of the things we’ll change in the New Year, but keeping up with these resolutions can be a lot more difficult than we think. Instead of…

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