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A Guide to Asthma and Allergies

Nearly 26 million Americans have asthma, while an astounding 30% of adults and 40% of children have allergies. (Count yourself lucky if you somehow have neither!) This month, in the interest of offering information — and hopefully relief — we’re focusing on both asthma and allergies, and when to seek medical help for one or […]

asthma and allergies -- yellow flowers and pollen

How to Detect and Prevent Skin Cancer

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and a great time to learn about strategies to detect and prevent skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 1 in 5 Americans developing it in their lifetime. Fortunately, when diagnosed and treated early, skin cancer can almost […]


Help End Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “in 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.” This April, let’s educate ourselves on the hazards of distracted driving and learn how to make the roads safer for everyone. Driving […]


Do I Have the Flu or a Cold?

Distinguishing between the flu and a cold is no easy task, especially when you are in the early stages of respiratory illness. While the two ailments often display similar symptoms, they are caused by distinct viruses. Usually, the flu brings with it more severe effects, including acute fever, achiness, exhaustion, and a dry cough. Colds, […]


January is Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Ensuring that the […]


November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, Columbia […]


August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Columbia Medical Clinic is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month. Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis (TB). It’s important to know which shots you need and when […]