Written by on 10/1/2014 2:30:00 PM
Fall is here and with it comes flu season. It is important that individuals over six months of age get a flu vaccine each year.
The flu vaccine is your best defense against the virus. Not only does it protect you from getting sick, but your family and friends who could contract it from you. Not to mention, flu strains change so it is important to get a new vaccine each year.
There are multiple forms in which you can receive the vaccine, dependent upon your age.
Flumist (nasal spray)
This year the form of vaccine is quadrivalent, meaning that is has four influenza strains in it – two influenza type A and two influenza type B. It is a live-attenuated virus that causes increased immunogenicity. In other words, it generates a better immune response that lasts longer.
"Individuals ages two to 49 are eligible for the the flumist," said Dr. Diana Burtea, family medicine physician at Community Physician Network. "In fact, this year, it is recommended over the injectible vaccine by the CDC for children ages two to eight." continue reading ...
Written by on 9/26/2014 10:45:00 AM
Dr. William J. Fisher is a board certified pediatrician with Community Physician Network. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher, visit his physician profile.
The rumors are true. Indianapolis is experiencing a very large outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
This viral infection is almost always safe and is caused by members of the Enterovirus family, which are often more active in late summer. The infection usually starts with a mild to moderate fever, achiness and crankiness, followed by a small, red raised rash on the hands, feet, groin area, and eventually the inside of the mouth.
These areas are most classic, especially the palms and soles, but the rash can appear on any area of skin. The mouth sores often look a lot like “canker sores” and are usually the only part of the rash that hurts. (Sometimes kids only get the throat spots and that is called Herpangina.)
The whole illness usually lasts less than 10 days and resolves without complications.
How do we avoid getting it?
Using hand sanitizer and washing hands is the first step in stopping the spread of most illnesses. Unfortunately, kids start spreading it before they have the classic rash, and occasionally weeks after they appear completely well. continue reading ...
Written by on 9/24/2014 10:00:00 AM
Although diabetes can’t be cured, you can reduce the risk of serious complications by managing the disease. That means keeping blood sugar (glucose) levels — as well as blood pressure and cholesterol levels — within a healthy range.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can be a problem for anyone with diabetes, but it is especially a risk for those who use insulin. It can lead to heart attack, seizures, stroke, coma and even death, so it’s important to take it seriously.
“The risk of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, in older adults is also concerning due to increased risks of cognitive impairment," said Molly Campbell, Community Touchpoint HATS nurse practitioner. "We know that more frequent episodes of low blood sugar can lead to memory loss, and it is important for individuals to contact their diabetes provider to discuss medication management when this occurs.” continue reading ...
Written by on 9/2/2014 12:15:00 PM
Grief is a normal part of the emotional process of illness and loss. Whether it's a spouse, family member, friend or yourself, the most important thing to remember is that you're not alone in the grieving process and there are ways to cope.
- You are what you eat, so eat…and eat right.
- Learn all you can about the grief process. The more you know the more control you’ll have in your journey.
- Rest. Living with grief is exhausting and taxes your body. Nap, relax and take it easy.
- Allow yourself the ability to feel the raw pain. The more you can stay in the present, the easier your journey will be in the long run.
- Reach out when ready. Call a friend or accept a dinner invitation. continue reading ...
Written by on 8/21/2014 2:30:00 PM
Can't seem to remember where you parked you car as quickly as you once could? As you age, you can experience a decline in your memory and general brain health. But, a healthy lifestyle can help keep your brain sharp as you age, preventing cognitive decline.
Addressing other areas of your physical health is also important.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Get regular exercise, aiming for 30 minutes of exercise, at least five days per week.
- Join a club, play a sport, volunteer or visit frequently with friends.
- Read frequently, work puzzles and play memory games.
"It's imperative that you treat any sensory deficits, such as hearing or vision problems, as you grow older," said Dr. Azita Chehresa, geriatrician at Community Physician Network. "When your senses decline, it can have an adverse affect on your mental health." continue reading ...