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Archive for April, 2012

Ear Pulling

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Ear Pulling, what does it Mean? For a long time, ear pulling has been a common complaint heard in a pediatrician’s office. Parents are most often concerned with the possibility of an ear infection, however, infections are quite uncommon if the only symptom is ear pulling. Ear pulling is such a common concern it has been studied on several occasions and it is often not associated with ear infections. Ear pulling is a non-specific symptom because several nerves to our face, teeth, sinus, and head all travel near and through the ear. The discomfort or sensations felt in our ear can often be coming from one of these other areas in the body. Often times a sinus issue or a tooth issue is the most common culprit for persistent ear pain and irritation. Sensations from multiple areas of the face and sinus can often lead to ear pulling in children. With an infant, ear pulling can commonly mean that he or she has found their ear, much like they find their feet or thumb; it can also be a sign that teeth are starting to erupt or possibly they have something like a bead in their ear, placed by a loving sibling. Ear pulling in a toddler can be a sign of cavities; it can also be a sign of teeth grinding at night. Ear pulling associated with pain and fever in a toddler increases the likelihood of infection of the ear, but also the sinus or the teeth. Infants who have fevers, recent upper respiratory infections, and fussiness also have a higher likelihood of an ear infection leading to the ear pulling. The next time you notice that your child is pulling on their ears, remember if there are fevers, recent viral infection, and pain, this may represent an ear infection. If you only notice the ear pulling it may be something else, or the fact that your little one has found their ears. Please remember, any concerns that you have can always be investigated by your pediatrician.

Nicholas Lewis, MD

Disaster Drill

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Yesterday, April 19, 2012, Saltzer Medical Group participated is a joint disaster response drill.  The scenario was that there was an amonia plume and patients were to be decontaminated, triaged and treated.  Eleven other agencies particpated in the exercise.

Saltzer Clinical Research

Thursday, April 5th, 2012


Saltzer Clinical Research (SCR) was  started in 2004. Since that time we have successfully coordinated 80 trials in various therapeutic areas including; pediatric vaccines, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, glaucoma, post cataracts, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, hypertension, chronic pain, post therapeutic neuralgia, pulmonary fibrosis, and acute coronary syndrome. Salter physicians take on the role of “Principal Investigator” and are responsible for conducting the trial by following a specific pharmaceutical company’s protocol.  SCR facilitates running the trial by providing the trained Study Coordinators. The coordinators are responsible for finding subjects that meet the criteria, screening patients, conducting study related procedures, collecting and reporting data to the sponsoring pharmaceutical company. They provide the expertise to implement the trial following all the necessary federal regulations.  Study participants are volunteers that meet the studies inclusion criteria for a particular condition. Volunteer participants are a vital link to clinical research. They also benefit by being able to receive study medication, lab tests, and physical exams at no cost.  Working together as a team, that includes the study participants, study coordinator, and the Principal Investigator,  SCR is able to help the pharmaceutical industry develop and test new medications that are eventually marketed to the public. Each clinical trial is designed to test the effects of a medication or device on the population that it is intended to treat.  Safety, effectiveness and side effects are closely monitored using blood tests, physical exams and other tests like electrocardiograms. Patients remain in constant contact with the Principal Investigators and the Study Coordinators throughout the trial.

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