Monthly Archives March 2014

Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Probiotics for Children

A new randomized controlled study published in Pediatrics found that preschool children attending daycare who were given a daily dose of Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes and duration of diarrhea, fewer respiratory tract infections, and needed fewer antibiotics.  The effect sizes were quite significant with 69 episodes of diarrhea in the placebo group vs. 42 in the probiotics group; for respiratory tract illness there were 204 respiratory illness vs 93 cases in the probiotic group. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/03/11/peds.2013-0652.abstract
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What to Do? Emergency Tips / Stress Fractures

“It only hurts when I run!” The long-awaited spring season has come and many are resuming their exercise and spring sports routines. As activity and training increases, so do the number of injuries. Stress fractures are one common injury seen in our clinics.  Repetitive stress (especially to the weight-bearing bones in the legs and feet) can eventually cause bones to crack. This is more likely to occur with a sudden change in the length or intensity of your activity, such as going for a much longer run than usual. Wearing worn-out shoes, having poor nutrition, and underlying conditions such as osteoporosis can also make you more prone to injury.
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The Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

By MIPC Staff Some people just can’t wait to do a little Spring Cleaning in their homes, while others, are a little less enthusiastic. As we wait for the weather to warm up, Spring is a common time for people to get out with the old and in with the new. This is a time where health experts say we should toss our old make up, buy new pillows, empty out the fridge of old/expired food and, literally, CLEAN HOUSE.  But aside from a clutter-free home, there are other health benefits to tidying up our nests. 1. Reduces allergens: If you
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Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Strawberries + Heart Health

A new study found that strawberries improved multiple markers of cardiovascular disease including significantly reducing total cholesterol by 8.78%, LDL (“bad cholesterol”) by 13.72% and triglycerides by 20.80%.  While eating a pound of strawberries daily may not be feasible, this study supports the importance of eating large quantities of healthy fruits and vegetables for heart health.   For the abstract on this study click here: http://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863(13)00249-0/abstract
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Nosebleeds

While nosebleeds may be scary, they are usually quite harmless. The most common type of nosebleed (epistaxis) originates from the anterior (front) part of the nose where there is a network of fragile blood vessels. During the winter months, when the indoor air is warm and dry, these vessels can become irritated and prone to bleeding. Rubbing, blowing or picking the nose can also cause irritation, which is why children or those suffering with a cold or allergies often get nosebleeds. Anterior nosebleeds usually present with bleeding from only one nare and can range from small streaks on the tissue to a significant amount
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The Facts About Pneumonia

By Brigit Britton, M.D., MIPC Physician  During the winter months, patients commonly visit their doctor complaining of persistent cough, fever and various respiratory symptoms.  Frustrated from lack of sleep and co-workers’ complaints, they seek answers and relief.  Many have heard of pneumonia and are concerned they may have this condition. So what exactly is pneumonia and what can you do to stay healthy this winter? Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue.  It is caused most often by viruses or bacteria that can enter from the upper respiratory system.  Patients usually present with productive cough, fever, chills, trouble breathing,
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