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Archive for February, 2012

Erectile Dysfunction

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A man, often described by their counter parts as simple creatures is somewhat true. A man’s overall health can be measured by the quality and strength of their erection, the penis can be thought of as a health gage; the higher the rise the better the health. Men who are not able to get an erection or maintain an erection during intercourse suffer from erectile dysfunction or ED. Erectile dysfunction is often the first sign of an underlying major medical issues, most often vascular disease, diabetes, or cardiac disease. Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by medications, alcohol use, marijuana use, hormone problems (low testosterone,) and emotional stress in an individual’s life.   If you or somebody you know suffers from erectile dysfunction have them see their doctor for an evaluation. Treatment of this disease is dependent on the cause of the erectile dysfunction. The most well-known treatments are medications such as Viagra and Cialis. These medications treat blood flow problems, and typically do not help with erection problems related to medications, recreational drug use, or stress. Come and talk to your doctor if you are experiencing erection problems; fixing the problem will enrich you and your spouse’s life again.

Blood Pressure

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Blood pressure, the silent killer!!  For most people we don’t even think about our blood pressure on a daily basis.  We just get out of bed and go, not thinking that if we didn’t have blood pressure we would end up on the floor.   Like all enclosed fluid systems, pressure is needed to move the fluid.  This also occurs in our body with the pump being our heart and the pipes being our veins and arteries.  We cannot feel our blood pressure, unless it is dangerously high or low.  If it is too high people get headaches, chest pain, blurry vision, shortness of breath; too low and you may feel dizzy, nauseated, weak, or you may pass out.  The only way to know your blood pressure is measure it.  The ideal blood pressure for adults is 120/80.  Physicians get concerned with blood pressures higher than this, but typically do not treat with medications until it is >140/90.  Blood pressure is affected a lot by our diet and salt is the biggest culprit.  Eliminate salt from your diet and your blood pressure will go down.  Exercise and weight loss also result in a blood pressure reduction as well.  For children normal blood pressure is based on age and size, so talk to your pediatrician about normal blood pressure ranges for children.  Elevated blood pressure in children is always abnormal and needs to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor.  Keep off the salt, get your 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day and you will likely have control of your blood pressure.  See your physician for a screen or questions.

QUICK CARE

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Just a reminder that our new Quick Care location is open.

9850 W. St. Lukes Drive, Nampa (Behind Costco)

We continue to see patients at:

215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa (Beside St. Alphonsus, Nampa)

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Seven Days a Week

Also a reminder–We no longer provide Quick Care Services at St. Alphonsus Nampa Health Plaza (I-84 and Garrity)

 

The Importance of Exercise

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Thousands of years ago people didn’t even know what exercise was.  At that time we spent most of lives wandering the country side, walking, in a food shortage.  Because of the lack of food and the continuous movement of our bodies nobody was overweight.  Today, things are much different.  Most people spend most of their day in a sitting position and we have more food that we can imagine at our finger tips.  As a result our society has gained weight and a lot of it.  Exercise is a key component to weight control.  It also keeps our body in good balance, keeps the bones healthy, and increases your life expectancy.   Most Americans today walk around 4000 steps in a day, when we really need around 15000 steps per day to keep ourselves healthy.  This is where exercise comes in; we use exercise to increase our daily activity and ultimately lose weight, and stay healthier.  It is recommended everybody receives a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate paced exercise 5-6 days a week.  It sounds like a lot, but remember how much time we all spend sitting around on the couch after work.  Make a commitment to exercise for 30 minutes before or after work and you will realize you are feeling better and have more time than ever.  See you at the gym or on the trail and don’t forget to bring the whole family.

Cholesterol

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Cholesterol has gotten a bad reputation over the years, but it does have an important role in our body.  Cholesterol is a complex molecule of fat that is made in our body and ingested in the food we eat.  It is essential for brain development and essential to keeping the cells in our body healthy.  Unfortunately cholesterol, when too high, has been linked to causing heart disease.   We are now very aggressive in controlling cholesterol because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.   Most doctors break down cholesterol into two types, good cholesterol HDL and bad cholesterol LDL.  LDL is linked to heart disease, HDL helps prevent heart disease.  We can improve our HDL by eating lean meats, fish such as salmon, using olive and peanut oil instead of saturated animal fats.  Bad cholesterol, LDL, can be decreased by weight loss, exercise, eating less fatty and fried foods.  If lifestyle modifications don’t get your cholesterol to goal we have medications called statins that have been very effective in lowering bad cholesterol and decreasing your risk of having a heart attack.  Work to improve your health with good diet and exercise plans, and talk with your doctor if you need a medicine to lower your cholesterol.

The Importance of Vitamin D

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Many of you have heard your doctor talk about Vitamin D or even the doctors on TV talk about vitamin D.  Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that our body can make or we can get it from the food we eat.  Our skin makes vitamin D from getting exposure to the sun.  We also consume Vitamin D from the food we eat, with milk products representing the most prevalent source.  Vitamin D is responsible for healthy bones, but has also been found to have effects on mood, energy level, and overall general health.  Unfortunately, most people who live in Idaho have low Vitamin D levels, because of long winter nights and cold winter days limiting our exposure to the sun.  Talk with your doctor about testing for vitamin D deficiency and what your treatment options are.  Proper action may save your bones and make you feel much better.

Combination Vaccines Mean Fewer Shots for Kids

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Seemingly, every parent wants their child to be on the receiving end of as few needle sticks as possible, while still keeping them fully protected against preventable childhood diseases.  Combination vaccines include immunizations against two or more diseases. Most people are familiar with combination shots like the MMR (which combines the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines) and the DTaP (which combines vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis) which have been around for years. 

Currently, many kids receive around 25 immunization shots between birth and 6 years old. To reduce this number, research is being conducted in clinics around the country to develop new and improved combination vaccines to prevent childhood diseases. ProQuad is an example of one of these newer combination vaccines that combines MMR and Varivax, for Chickenpox, into one shot.

Dr. Richard Aguilar at Saltzer Medical Group is one of the few pediatricians in Idaho participating in clinical trials for new combination vaccines.

For the past nine years Dr. Aguilar has participated in 19 vaccine studies, some of which are now on the market, and being used to treat younger siblings of children that participated in the trials before they were available for general usage.
 
Before the FDA grants permission to conduct a clinical trial, they verify that the pharmaceutical company has done extensive laboratory research regarding the combination. Only then, will the FDA allow a newly proposed combination vaccine to be tested with humans.

The physicians in the trials submit data which is used to measure the effectiveness of the vaccine for which it is intended, while closely monitoring its safety and side effects.

Pharmaceutical companies that sponsor clinical research studies provide funds to compensate participants for their time, travel and participation.  Known side effects, potential risks and all study procedures are thoroughly explained to potential participants. A document called an Informed Consent is required to be signed prior to any study related procedures.

Over 400 pediatric participants in our community have volunteered to participate in vaccine trials with Dr. Aguilar.  Participation in programs like these allows researchers to develop better, more effective vaccines so fewer shots are administered to our children. If you are interested in a participating in vaccine or other trials at Saltzer Medical Group visit the research tab at saltzermed.com.

What is an Institutional Review Board?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a group of health care professionals that must review and approve the details of a clinical trial before it begins. The primary responsibility of the IRB is to review all study-related activity and to protect the safety and rights of study participants and to make sure no one is exposed to unnecessary risks.

Caldwell Physicians

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Just a reminder that if you are looking for a physician and live in the Caldwell area, our Caldwell Family Medicine Clinic provides Pediatrics, Family Practice and Internal Medicine Services.    Dr. Nicholas Lewis is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric Specialist

Dr. Erik Richardson specializes in Family Practice

Dr. Richardson is fluent in spanish

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