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The Proper Use of Inhalers
  Post by Ms. Kristi McGill, RPh   •   February 17, 2014
The correct usage of inhalers is important to your respiratory health. Whether you use a rescue inhaler like Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA or Xopenex HFA or a steroid inhaler like Advair, Flovent, Serevent, Dulera, Symbicort and others, it is important that it be used only as prescribed by your physician.

Rescue Inhalers are to be used when you feel a respiratory event is about to happen, or you simply are having trouble getting your breath. They sometimes are prescribed when you have an upper respiratory infection because you are wheezing or it is a little hard to breathe normally. Rescue Inhalers should be used only as often as your physician tells you to. If you find yourself needing to use it more often, please contact your doctor because you may need additional diagnosing to support your needs.

Steroid Inhalers are a maintenance inhaler.They are to be used as prescribed daily. They are more of a preventative for a respiratory event and can keep you from having to use your rescue inhaler so often. It is very important that these types of inhalers be used every day to keep your lungs with an even dosage of steroid at all times. This is what will help keep a respiratory event from happening or from being so serious.

Check out the new interactive audio-visual training on "How to use inhalers" for 15+.

Make Smarter Beverage Choices
  Post by Ms. Jennifer Chapot, PA   •   October 21, 2013
Obesity has become a global epidemic. Unfortunately for Americans, we have become ground zero for the study of its debilitating effects. According to a recent Reuters report, the U.S. is the fattest country in the world, with more than 1-in-3 Americans classified as obese. Government and private insurer rankings place Texas in or near the top 10 fattest states.

The Harvard School of Public Health cites “rising consumption of sugary drinks as a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.” It goes on to note “a typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories” while “a 64-ounce fountain cola drink could have up to 700 calories.”

Consider the following ways from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to make smart beverage choices:

·     Choose water, diet or low-calorie beverages instead of sugar-      sweetened beverages.

·     For a quick, easy and inexpensive thirst-quencher, carry a water bottle and refill it throughout the day.

·     Don’t “stock the fridge” with sugar-sweetened beverages. Instead, keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge.

·     Serve water with meals.

·     Make water more exciting by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon, or drink sparkling water.

·     Add a splash of 100% juice to plain sparkling water for a refreshing, low-calorie drink.

·     When you do opt for a sugar-sweetened beverage, go for the small size. Some companies are now selling 8-oz.cans and bottles of soda which contain about 100calories.

Be a role model for your friends and family by choosing healthy, low-calorie beverages.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/rethink_your_drink.pdf

5 Reasons to Immunize Your Child
  Post by Corine Doho, PNP   •   July 31, 2013

Let’s face it – many parents probably are not thinking about immunizations in the middle of the summer.  Outdoor activities, backyard barbeques and trips to the park consume more of our consciousness.  And during each of these activities, keeping our children safe is a top priority.  But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?

Consider the following 5 reasons to immunize your child from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

1.      Immunizations can save your child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.


2.      Vaccination is safe and effective.  All vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals.


3.      Immunization protects others you care about.  Serious vaccine-preventable diseases still occur.  Vaccines not only protect your family, but also help prevent the spread of diseases to your friends and loved ones.


4.      Immunizations can save your family time and money.  A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be kept out of schools, Head Start, Early Head Start or daycare facilities.  Contact Community Healthcare Center’s Eligibility department to see if your child qualifies for free or reduced cost vaccinations.


5.      Immunization protects future generations.  Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before.  Vaccinating now means parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and measles won’t infect, cripple or kill children.

For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines.  And please contact me or any of the pediatric providers for an appointment this summer to make sure your kids are ready to head back to school.

Benefits of Well Woman Exams
 Post by Ms. Gillian Thomas, FNP  
 & Ms. Amber Carter, LVN          
•   April 22, 2013
Well woman exams are due yearly and are important for women of all ages. The stress that accompanies the discomfort of a well woman exam is minor when you consider the benefits. The uncomfortable procedures are minimally invasive and you receive an opportunity to gain control of and maintain the health of your body.

It is time for women to realize the importance of having an annual well woman exam. It leads to health living and can detect serious diseases like cervical, breast and ovarian cancers. It is recommended that women have a well woman exam within 3 years of becoming sexually active, or by age 21. Beginning at the age of 40, women will be scheduled for annual mammograms.

This is the perfect time for you and your provider to discuss your family and personal health history. Information will be readily available to you. Your provider should be able to answer any questions you may have. It’s worth the time and effort to have these visits annually as they will boost your awareness about matters most women will face at some point in their life.
Dental Sealants Prevent Tooth Decay
  Post by Ms. Kendall Davis, RDH   •   February 1, 2013
Children’s dentistry of today focuses on many preventive practices that can lead to a healthy mouth that is free of dental decay.  One of these practices is the application of sealants over the teeth to help prevent decay from occuring.

Dental sealants are a resin or plastic based coating that is placed over the deep grooves in the chewing surface of back teeth. They help seal off these grooves that are very susceptible to decay by preventing germs and food particles to enter the grooves and cause cavities. Sealants can be placed on children as young as 6-years-old, as soon as the 6 year molars erupt. Then, as the child grows, sealants can be placed as more permanent molars and premolars erupt.

Sealant placement is a relatively easy procedure that does not require drilling or removing tooth structure.  A special gel is used to prep the tooth and then rinsed off and the tooth is dried.  Then, the sealant is painted on and cured or hardened by a blue LED light.  Sealants are usually clear or white, blending well with the natural tooth color.  Sealants may last 5-10 years and can be replaced if needed.

Sealants, along with good oral hygiene, fluoride therapy, and low sugar intake, will significantly reduce a child’s risk of developing dental caries (more commonly known as cavities).

The Benefits of Journaling
  Post by Ms. Dee Lambert, LCSW
  Behavioral Health Specialist          
•   November 2, 2012

Keeping a journal has many benefits. It can help you:  

  • Process your feelings

  • Help you let go of thoughts and feelings that have been bothering you


  • Explore the pros and cons of possible choices


  • Notice areas of your life you would like to change


  • Learn about yourself


  • Keep track of personal growth


  • Explore issues you’ve discussed in counseling


  • Pinpoint subjects for future counseling sessions


Things to write about in your journal may include:  

  • Your feelings


  • Your goals and accomplishments for the day (examples include exercise, social activities and work)


  • Things you did that helped you feel better


  • How others helped you


  • Events or activities you’re looking forward to


  • A problem you’re facing and healthy ways to handle it

For more information on journaling, check out this article by Ray Bruce, PhD: http://www.selfhelpmagazine.com/article/journaling

Heat Tips: Protect your family from August heat
  Post by Dr. Yao Jing Huang, Family Practice   •   August 1, 2012

August in Texas means extreme, triple-digit heat.  According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, from 2003-2008, there were 263 deaths reported among Texas residents with exposure to excessive natural heat as the underlying cause of death.  More of those deaths occurred in August than any other month.

Take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe.  Here are some prevention tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

  • Infants and young children

  • People aged 65 or older

  • People who have a mental illness

  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

Source: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp

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