Written by on 12/12/2014 8:00:00 AM
Last 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 ...
Written by on 12/9/2014 6:00:00 PM
This 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 ...
Written by 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.
The 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 ...
Written by 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:
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 ...
Written by 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.
According 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 ...