Guest video by Steve Wilson, Wilson Insurance
Guest video by Steve Wilson, Wilson Insurance
In 1991, William Hurt played the role of Dr. Jack McGee, an initially cold and distant surgeon lacking empathy for his patients. He felt it was a sign of weakness as a physician and trained his residents to act and feel the same. That is until he himself developed cancer and had to undergo all of the treatments his patients had suffered through for years. Although the movie came across as listless at times, the point was well made as Hurt’s character eventually was able to relate to his patients and became empathetic in doing so.
by David Rothwell, M.D.
The “zpak”, a 5-day course of azithromycin, has been grossly misused for years now. It has become the backstop, if you will, to those who want something “so this infection doesn’t get worse”. And it’s now a GREAT example of why antibiotics should never go over-the-counter. Among other reasons, they are serious medications that can have serious, life threatening side effects.
In addition to the numerous postings I’ve made about the overuse of antibiotics and the resulting problems, they are pharmaceutical products that can cause problems. Often these problems aren’t determined for years after their release (see anything related to Vioxx).
Another problem (yes, I’ve mentioned this, too) is resistance! This is the worst problem, in my opinion. There are bacteria out there now that can and do infect humans, and have no antibiotic to eradicate them. Breaking a personal rule I have against 2 links in a blog, here I go: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57572644/cdc-deadly-drug-resistant-bacteria-on-rise-in-u.s-hospitals/
So next time you have some sinus congestion, a cough, a low grade fever, and generally don’t feel well, PLEASE reconsider the request for an antibiotic to cure you. Take care of yourself and give it time. The average viral infection (i.e., those that do NOT respond to antibiotics and are the most common infections) last 7-10 days.
And know that your heart will appreciate this and the drug resistant bacteria won’t!
David Rothwell, M.D., Managing Partner
6307 Waterford Blvd, Ste. 127
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
I have said it many times that weight loss is a lifestyle choice and not a fad diet. My patients have heard me repeatedly discuss that NOTHING is forever when it comes to weight loss. Even patients who undergo gastric bypass (the most extreme version of weight loss) will gain weight back over time without sustainable lifestyle changes.
We hope you had a Merry Christmas, OKC! As we wind down the year and prepare for a healthy and prosperous 2013, we’ve put together a video to help businesses in Oklahoma City understand Obamacare and its impact on business here in the Sooner State.
In essence, businesses with 50+ employee will need to “pay or play”. To pay the fine or meet the Obamacare requirements to provide employees with health coverage. Click on the link to learn more and see how Salerno Health can help!
Contact us for a consultation on how a Salerno Health membership might benefit your organization and save you money.
by Shannon Reed, DO; a member network provider of Salerno Health
How often do you need a pap smear?
Just hearing those two words makes most women cringe, but don’t stop reading because I have good news. They are continually updating the recommendations on how often you need a pap smear, and guess what? You do not need one every year any more!
All of the recent changes can be confusing. In order to feel comfortable with less frequent testing, it helps to understand why the changes developed. Screening is unfortunately not practical for many types of cancers. In order for a screening test to be useful, it needs to be widely available, reasonably priced, and safe for the patient. Also, early detection needs to increase the survival rate more so than waiting to diagnose the disease after symptoms develop.
Pap Smears do just that. Cervical cancer screening has proven to successfully decrease the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer. We now know that persistent cervical infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is necessary for the development of cervical cancer. We also have the technology to screen for the presence of HPV.
Genital HPV is acquired through sexual contact. It is highly prevalent in women under thirty. Approximately 90% of HPV infections are transient, becoming undetectable within one to years. This means that the vast majority of the time a woman’s own immune system will eradicate the virus before it can cause any problems. By adding HPV detection to the pap smear, you are able to separate out the women who are at higher risk for developing cervical cancer, and by knowing that 90% of those women will get better without any medical intervention means less frequent pap smears and fewer unnecessary and more invasive cervical biopsies.
So what are the newest recommendations?
You now have access to affordable health care. You do not need an exam nearly as often. Hopefully, you are running out of excuses . . . call and schedule your well woman exam today!
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