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  • Immunizations

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of vaccinations in preventing serious diseases and more specifically, helping to protect your family. Lori Benninghoff, Physician Assistant at Wall Street Pediatrics, shares five things you should know about immunizations. 1. Vaccines Are Important   Before vaccines, each year in the United States: Roughly 10,000 children became paralyzed by Polio, Rubella (German measles) caused birth defects and m...

  • Sleep Disorders

    There are many causes of sleep deprivation which may intrude upon your ability to sleep well. Perhaps you're one of the millions of Americans who trade sleep for more work or play. Whatever the reason, it is critically important to realize that sleep deprivation is often due to unrecognized sleep disorders. After a typical night's sleep, you may not feel restored and refreshed. You might think, "It's just the stress of work or the kids," or you might have "always felt this way," and had no idea you shou...

  • Breast MRI

    Mammography is the main test used to find breast cancer in women who do not have symptoms and is the only screening test that has been shown to reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer by about 30%. However, breast MRI is the most sensitive method of finding breast cancer, especially in women who are at a very high risk for breast cancer, meaning greater than a 20-25% chance of developing breast cancer in their life. So women at very high risk are recommended to have both a yearly mammogram...

  • Sunburns

    Sunburns

    Use sunscreen and reapply often when sweating, swimming, etc. Although many sunscreens claim to be waterproof, reapply frequently. Be sure to use an SPF 30 or higher with broad band UV protection. Cover up as much as possible and use clothing with UPF rating if staying outside for long periods of time. CDC does not recommend insect repellant/sunscreen combos. Simply use sunscreen first, then apply insect repellant. This information provided by the experts of the Emergency Department at Midland Memorial ...

  • Heat Stroke

    Heat Stroke

    Avoid prolonged exposure to outdoor extreme temperatures. Be sure to rehydrate frequently with water or a sports drink. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they dry the body quickly. If exercising, take frequent breaks to cool down and avoid sun exposure from about 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Heat exhaustion is the first level when you become symptomatic but your body can still cool itself. Heat stroke is full decompensation and the body can no longer cool itself and serious injury can occur. Check on elderly family me...

  • Lymphedema

    Lymphedema is a very common and serious condition, affecting approximately 10 million Americans. It results from impaired flow of the lymphatic system, resulting in an abnormal accumulation of water and proteins principally in the subcutaneous tissues. Lymphedema is classified as primary (congenital or hereditary) or secondary (caused by a known insult to the lymphatic system). Early symptoms of lymphedema may be noticed as a feeling of heaviness, tingling, tightness and warmth, redness/discoloration of...

  • Advance Directives

    Advance Directives

    Who should be involved? Everyone 18 years and older, regardless of your current health status. What do I do? Think about your goals and values, start the conversation with your family and friends then, create an Advance Directive. When? The time is NOW! “It’s never too early until it’s too late…” Why should I care? Accidents are unpredictable and illness can be sudden leaving you unable to communicate. Advance directives allow YOU to communicate YOUR wishes regarding medical decisions to your family, ph...

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