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  • Health Insurance, HSA, and Payment Plans

    Health Insurance, HSA, and Payment Plans

    WHAT IS A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT? A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a great way to save pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified health care expenses. Contribute as much money as you can into your HSA as a part of payroll deduction, allowing you to pay medical costs pre-tax. To sign up for an HSA, contact your company’s Human Resources Department. Don’t forget to ask if your company offers an HSA matching program. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AN HSA? An HSA is a great way to save pre-tax dollars to pay for qualif...

  • Arthritis

    What is arthritis? The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation. It refers to more than 100 different diseases. These diseases usually affect the area in or around joints such as muscles and tendons. There are many types of arthritis. Most forms of arthritis are chronic which means they may last a lifetime. How does arthritis feel? Arthritis usually causes stiffness pain and fatigue. The severity varies from person to person and even from day to day. In some people only a few joints are affecte...

  • Mammography

    Mammography

    Early Mammography Saves Lives 40 is the magic number. Don't wait until age 50 to get a mammogram. Call (432) 221-3627 to schedule your mammogram today! Did You Know? 20% of new breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women aged 40-49 Approximately 50,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women aged 40-49 each year Cancers diagnosed in women aged 40-49 can be much more aggressive and life-threatening than cancers diagnosed in women aged 50+ An abnormality may be seen on a mammogram two ye...

  • Amber Teething Necklaces

    Amber Teething Necklaces

    September is National Baby Safety Month. Amber teething necklaces have become quite popular over the last year, but Lori Benninghoff, Physician Assistant at Wall Street Pediatrics, shares a warning about the risk of these necklaces and why you should avoid using them. In recent months, I have been seeing more and more infants come into our office with amber teething necklaces. Parents who have been up three times the night before with a teething infant are seeking relief (and sleep!) Teething seems to g...

  • Breast Cancer Myths

    While millions of people are breast cancer survivors, it remains one of the most common cancers affecting women. Regardless of the high survival rate of breast cancer, there are many misconceptions or myths about the disease. Myth No. 1: You’ll only get breast cancer if you have a family history. Breast cancer cannot be inherited, but a higher risk of developing it can be inherited through gene mutations. Only 5-10 percent of cancers are from inherited gene mutations, and about 85 percent of women who a...

  • Immunizations

    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...

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