Should You Get A Flu Shot?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all persons aged 6 months and older get the annual vaccination, with rare exception.  Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up.  Flu shots are approved for . . . 

Back To School Checklist

Update immunizations.  See recommendations at:   https://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/immunizationschedule2017.pdf Visit an eye doctor for vision screening. Schedule a complete physical exam. Update the emergency contact card at the school.  Where should your child go in the event of an early dismissal or illness if you cannot be reached? Advise the school staff of health problems that your . . . 

Tell Your Teen How To Prevent Meningitis

get vaccinated don’t share lipstick, drinks, or utensils don’t kiss someone who seems sick wash hands with soap after touching public surfaces disinfect door knobs, computers, and counters sneeze into your elbow or a tissue keep hands away from your face: bacteria can be introduced through eyes, nose, or mouth eat healthy foods to boost immune . . . 

12 Clues You May Have Heart Disease

sleep apnea yellow-orange bumpy rash poor grip strength dark spots under nails dizziness decreased libido/dysfunction skin color changes bleeding gums dark, velvety skin patches trouble breathing swelling in lower legs fatigue

20 Things You Can Learn From Your Pets

forget multi-tasking take naps walk every day cultivate friendships live in the moment don’t hold a grudge wag (smile & put a spring in your step) maintain curiosity be silly get a backrub drink water when you’re thirsty eat fish if you love someone; show it play enjoy the great outdoors make time to groom . . . 

What You Need To Know About Strokes

Stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death in the U.S. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage develops. Without treatment, cells in the brain quickly begin to die. The result can be serious disability or death. If a loved one is having . . . 

The ABCs of Skin Cancer

Asymmetry: Half of the mole is different than the other half. Border: Edges are notched, uneven or blurred. Color: The mole is uneven in color, or has shades of brown, tan and black. Diameter: Diameter is greater than 6 mm, or the size of a pencil eraser. Elevation and evolution: The mole is raised or . . . 

New Patient Portal: MyHealthRecord.com

We rolled out a brand new Patient Portal, MyHealthRecord.com, on March 3, 2017.  Email invites were sent out to those patients with email addresses currently in our system.  If you were missed or would like an invite to the new portal please call our office at 608-987-2346. Parents/Guardians may request access for patients under the . . . 

18 Secrets To A Longer Life

manage stress maintain a sense of purpose get enough sleep use seatbelts/safety gear forgive get spiritual drink in moderation keep moving loose weight get married eat lots of green & yellow vegetables follow a mediterranean diet take a nap when needed quit smoking make friends choose friends with healthy/positive habits be conscientious protect your DNA with . . . 

Insomnia Facts

Stress is the #1 cause of insomnia. Alcohol is a stimulant; not a relaxant. Exercise at least 2-3 hours before sleep. Sleep aids may be habit-forming: try to address the cause. Computers/TVs reduce brain melatonin: avoid them @ bedtime. Naps often decease the brain’s sleep drive. No such thing as “catching up on sleep”; sleeping . . .