Monthly Archives January 2014

What To Do? Emergency Tips / Lacerations

Cut your finger instead of the avocado? Finger lacerations are a common injury, often occurring during the rush of meal preparation. Some lacerations can be quite painful and even cause damage to the underlying vessels, tendons or nerves. If you cut your finger, immediately apply pressure with a clean towel and elevate the wound. If the cut is superficial and bleeding controlled, thoroughly (and gently) clean the wound with running water making sure there is no remaining debris. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and dress with a sterile bandage. If the wound is deep, open, or continues to bleed, you need more complex wound care and stitches. You may also
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Flu

It is peak flu season and we are seeing plenty of it! Symptoms of influenza include cough, fever, sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue and body aches. If you are experiencing any of these, come visit one our clinics for a flu test and possible treatment. While there is no cure for the flu, there are certain antiviral medications that can shorten the duration of symptoms. They work best if started within 48 hours so don’t delay! Remember, this illness can become very severe and lead to dehydration or respiratory complications. If you have consistently high fevers, are unable to keep fluids down, or
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Sprains & Strains

Watch out for the slippery sidewalks and stairs this winter season. Falls are common and can result in various injuries such as ankle sprains and strains. When the ankle is twisted, rolled or inverted (most common), the ligaments can be stretched or even torn. This causes pain, swelling and decreased range of motion at the ankle joint. If you think you have experienced an ankle sprain/strain, it is important to visit one of our clinics for an official evaluation as you could actually have a bone fracture or serious ligament damage. For home treatment, remember the mnemonic: RICE R-Rest the
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Trying to lose weight for the New Years? Consider measuring your Vitamin D

By Preventative Medicine and Wellness Expert, James Yang, MD, MPH Vitamin D deficiency in the winter is very common with one study showing that 28 percent of women had deficient levels and 33 percent had insufficient levels of vitamin D.  Multiple studies have suggested that your baseline Vitamin D levels may affect whether you are successful at weight loss while on a diet. The most recent study by Dr. Shalamar Sibley showed that low levels of Vitamin D affected the magnitude of weight loss on subjects given a low-calorie diet.  In particular, Vitamin D levels  “did in fact predict abdominal fat loss in particular, and both
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What to Do? Emergency Tips / Food Poisoning

Holiday festivities have you running to the bathroom? With all the parties and celebrations, food poisoning is common this time of year. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating and low-grade temperatures. Fortunately, this condition usually does not require any specific treatment and is self-limited. It is extremely important to prevent dehydration. Try small frequent sips of clear fluids and electrolyte containing beverages. Avoid milk containing products, tobacco and alcohol as these may worsen symptoms. Once you are able to tolerate solids, start with bland foods, complex carbohydrates(potatoes/breads) and lean meats. If your symptoms are lasting more than a
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