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Should I get a flu shot?

Written by Community Health Network on 12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

Chid with fluLast week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that due to mutation this year's flu vaccine may not be as effective for a strain of the flu it is supposed to protect against.

We asked Dr. Aaron Carlisle, family medicine physician at Community Physician Network, to explain what it means when a virus mutates and whether or not you should still get vaccinated. continue reading ...


What to do when your child is afraid of Santa

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 12/9/2014 6:00:00 PM

Child with SantaThis time of year, malls are packed with families anxiously waiting to see Santa. But what do you do when your child is scared of the man in the red suit? Should you encourage them to take a picture and face their fear, or will doing so cause mental harm?

We asked licensed mental health counselor, Kimble Richardson, to weigh in on this issue.

Here is what he had to say: continue reading ...


6 tips to help you choose and give holiday toys

Written by Dr. Jaime Stelzer on 12/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Jaime Stelzer is a pediatrician at Community Physician Network. To learn more about Dr. Stelzer, or to schedule an appointment, visit her physician profile.

Children opening holiday giftsThe holiday season is upon us and many parents are faced with the task of choosing safe, fun and budget-friendly gifts for their children.

As I walk down toy aisles at retail stores, I am completely overwhelmed by the variety of toys on the shelves. Not to mention, the amount of them being marketed as a tool to improve a child’s intelligence. In hopes of relieving some of the stress and anxiety of holiday shopping, here are some of my tips: 

Look for recall information.
With any toy, car seat, piece of furniture, etc., remember to look for recent recalls on the product - Safe Kids Worldwide and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are great resources.  continue reading ...

Tags: holiday toys , holidays | Posted in: Wellness

Is it the cold or the flu? How to tell the difference

Written by Community Health Network on 12/4/2014 1:45:00 PM

Even with precautions, the flu or the common cold may hit your home during the next few months. To make sure you are receiving the best treatment, it's important to know the difference between the two illnesses.

To help determine if you have flu or cold symptoms, ask yourself the following questions:

Flu symptoms
If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, you likely have the flu.
  • Did your symptoms come on quickly? 
  • Do you have a fever? 
  • Do your head and muscles ache? continue reading ...

Tags: common cold , fever , flu , influenza , symptoms | Posted in: Wellness

Treating back pain with integrative therapy

Written by Community Health Network on 11/28/2014 6:00:00 AM

Dr. Meredith Potrzebowski a family medicine care physician at Community Physician Network.

Back pain. Many of us have experienced it at some point in our lifetime. We all hope it will be a short-lived, one-time deal.

Man experiencing back painAccording the journal, American Family Physician, most people experience their first episode of back pain between the ages of 21 and 40. Unfortunately, people who have had one episode of back pain are more likely to experience another bout.

Although most episodes resolve with time, waiting for resolution can be agony. Integrative medicine, which combines both evidenced-based and alternative medicine, recommends therapies that may speed the recovery and prevent recurrence of back pain.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen and naproxen
  • Exercise/core strengthening, especially yoga
  • Avoid bed rest
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy continue reading ...


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