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Saltzer Clinical Research

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

research-aguilar-006Saltzer Clinical Research, a specialized department of Saltzer Medical Group, PA, is comprised of an experienced group of physicians and staff who have been conducting clinical research with patient volunteers in the Treasure Valley for over 15 years. Saltzer Clinical Research collaborates with some of the world’s most innovative biomedical companies seeking volunteers for clinical trials. The results of these studies help advance healthcare and increase treatment options around the world.

Saltzer Medical Group has participated in conducting clinical trials in a wide variety of research areas including pediatric vaccines, cardiac disorders, diabetes, women’s studies, stroke prevention, ophthalmology, and neurology, among others. The types of studies currently being conducted include immunization trials and type 2 diabetes trials. For more information, please call the Saltzer Research Department at (208) 463-3277.

 

Which Physicians are conducting research trials?

Saltzer Medical Group Physicians who are currently enrolling patients in clinical trials include Dr. Richard Aguilar and Dr. Stanley Stringam.

Dr. Richard Aguilar: Dr. Aguilar is a pediatrician who received his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has conducted over 20 trials specializing in pediatric immunizations.

Dr. Stanley Stringam: Dr. Stringam is an Internal Medicine specialist who received his medical degree from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and has been in practice for over 19 years. He has conducted over 30 trials in a variety of areas including type II diabetes, cardiovascular event reduction, atrial fibrillation, and vascular disorders, among others.

 

What is clinical research?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether new medical strategies, treatments, or devices are effective.  These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decision making. Results of Clinical trials are important because they advance medical knowledge and help improve patient care.

Without clinical research sites and study patients, advancements in medical care would cease to exist – they are both fundamental necessities to the medical healthcare industry.

 

What to expect during a clinical trial?

In some ways, taking part in a clinical trial is different from having regular care from your own doctor. For example, you may have more tests and medical exams than you would otherwise. The purpose of clinical trials is research, so the studies follow strict scientific standards. These standards protect patients and help produce reliable study results. Each clinical trial requires patient participants to provide informed consent. Informed consent is defined as the permission a patient gives the study doctor to participate in the clinical trial after gaining full knowledge of the clinical trial requirements, risks and benefits. This is typically achieved by the study patient (or parent/guardian of a study patient) signing a form confirming their informed consent.

 

Who can participate in clinical trials?

Each clinical trial defines who is eligible to take part in the study. Each trial must include only people who fit the patient traits for that study (the eligibility criteria). Most trials enroll people who have a specific disease or condition; others enroll healthy people to test new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, or screening. People of all ethnicities and ages can participate in research. Children (aged 18 and younger) get special protection as research subjects. Almost always, parents must give legal consent for their child to take part in a clinical trial.

Influenza (The Flu)

Monday, December 19th, 2016

cressey_smallIt’s that time of year again. Flu season.  Let’s demystify why we get it, how we get it, how to get rid of it, and more importantly how serious is it.

 

The cause of Influenza is from a virus. There are three types of the Flu virus; Type A, B and C. We become infected with the flu when someone sneezes, or coughs near us, and we breath it in. We can also catch the flu by touching an object like: a door knob, silverware, television remote, computer keyboard, or phone. Then if we touch our nose, eyes, or mouth, there is a good chance we will catch it.

 

The flu season can start as early as October, usually reaches its peak in February and ends in May. If we are unfortunate enough to get the flu, it usually lasts one to two weeks.

 

The symptoms include: fever, chills, muscle aches, a dry, non-productive cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.

 

Unfortunately, there is no cure to the flu once you get it. The treatment is just supportive care, to reduce the symptoms, as your immue system fights the influenza virus. Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be used for the headaches, and body aches. An over the counter allergy medication can be used for the runny nose and congestion, and gargling with warm, salty water can help with the sore throat. 

 

To make the warm, salty water for gargling, put 1 tablespoon of table salt in the bottom of a 8 ounce glass. Pour 6 ounces of warm water into your glass. (Never use hot water, you will burn your mouth and throat.) With a spoon stir the salt water mixture until the salt is completely incorporated into the water, then gargle with it a few times every couple hours, until your sore throat is gone. Drink plenty of fluids, like nutritional juices and water, and rest, rest, rest.

 

So how do you avoid getting the flu? 

 

* Avoid close contact with sick people.

* Wash your hands, often, for 45 seconds, with warm water.

* Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and cough.

  (Sneeze and cough into your bent elbow.)

* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

* Clean and disinfect surfaces often.

 

When should you get your flu shot? The earlier, the better. You want you immune system to be able to make enough antibodies to fight the flu virus, if it is exposed to it during the season. Flu shots are offered in September of each year. You should have your flu shot by November. The influenza virus is responsible for 36,000 deaths in the United States each year, and more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Influenza is a serious health issue. 

 

We, at Saltzer Medical Group, wish you Health, and Happiness this Holiday Season.

Dr. Yvette Cressey D.O.

Dr. Cressey practices at our Meridian location,  next to St. Luke’s Meridian.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey call 884-2920

The Common Cold

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

cressey_smallUnfortunately, we will all catch a cold eventually. Colds last one to two weeks, and are self-limiting, (which means they will go away on their own). Children catch more colds than adults, due to their immature immune systems. Colds are not the same as the flu. Flu symptoms are severe, and come on quickly, where as cold symptoms usually take a day or two to get our attention. There is no vaccine, or cure for the cold, since it is caused by many different types of viruses, and colds can be caught any time of the year.

 

The symptoms of a cold are:

* Runny nose

* Cough

* Sore throat

* Headache

* Congestion

 

To help with the smptoms:

* Drink more fluids. Fruit Juices, vegetable juices, and water are best.

* Get more rest. Slow down on your normal routine.

* Use a humidifier in your room to moisten nasal and sinus passages.

You can also use saline nasal spray to help.

* Tylenol or Ibuprofen over the counter may be used for the headache.

* For the sore throat, gargle with warm, salty water. To make warm,

salty water, put 1 tablespoon of table salt into an 8 ounce glass and

and add 6 ounces of warm water to the glass. Use a spoon to stir the liquid until all the salt is incorporated into the water. Then gargle. You

can gargle a few times, every hour or two, until the sore throat is gone.

* If your nose gets red and sore from blowing it, you can dab a little Vaseline on it, to sooth it.

* Call your doctor if you have a temperature greater than 104 degrees, you have a stiff neck, you have trouble breathing, or you have severe pain behind your eyes.

To avoid catching a cold, wash your hands often, for at least 45 seconds with very warm water. Make sure you cough and sneeze into your bent elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

We, at Saltzer Medical Group, wish you health and happiness.

 

Dr. Yvette Cressey, Family Practice, sees patients at 3277 E. Louise Drive, Suite 200, Meridian.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey call 884-2920

Yvette Cressey, DO — Family Practice

Monday, November 21st, 2016

cressey_smallSaltzer Medical Group is pleased to welcome

Yvette Cressey, DO

Family Practice

Dr. Cressey will be practicing at our 3277 E. Louise Drive, Meridian Location

To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey please call (208) 884-2920

Ryan Zerr, D.O., CAQSM – Sports Medicine

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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Ryan Zerr, D.O., CAQSM

Sports Medicine

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO

Residency: Family Medicine, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Nevada Sports Medicine Fellowship, Reno, NV

Board Certified: Family Medicine

Dr. Zerr will be practicing at our 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa Location

To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Zerr Call 468-5940

Flu Shot Clinics

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Pediatric Flu Vaccine Clinics – By appointment Only

Portico – 3277 E. Louise Drive, Meridian

Tuesday and Wednesday

October 4 and 5

Call 884-2920 to schedule an appointment

 

Nampa – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Tuesday – Thursday

October 11, 12, 13

Call 468-5930 to schedule an appointment

Crafting Your Way to Health

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

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Do you have a stash of yarn haunting your closet, woodworking tools sitting unused, or a sewing machine gathering dust? As your life has gotten busier, have you set aside crafting because you don’t feel justified taking the time for a “leisure” activity?

Personal experience has always told us that crafts and hobbies are enjoyable and relaxing, and research is now showing specific ways they benefit our health.

A Japanese study recently compared groups of people with hobbies and without hobbies. The group with hobbies had healthier blood flow, suggesting that their hearts were healthier and they had a lower risk of heart attacks or heart disease. Another group in London found that individuals who participated in arts events were more likely to engage in other heart-healthy behaviors, such as exercise, healthy eating, and positive mental wellness.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder where patients eat far too little, and often have a lot of anxiety associated with eating and body image. In 2009 a Canadian group studied the effects of knitting on the treatment of women with anorexia admitted to a treatment center. It was a small study of 38 women, but 74% of the women reported that knitting decreased their fears, had a calming effect, and helped clear their mind of a preoccupation with eating.

Crafts may have specific benefits for older adults. A study of hand dexterity showed an improvement in adults age 60-77 who had a comparatively high level of crafting expertise. Younger adults had good dexterity whether they crafted or not. At least one hour of reading or hobbies a day is associated with a decreased risk of developing dementia.

Project Knitwell (projectknitwell.org) is at the forefront of therapeutic crafting. They have helped study the effects of knitting on nurse burnout, with promising results. They send volunteers into hospitals to teach patients and their family members to knit while recovering and waiting at the bedside. Participants find that knitting gives them something to focus on, allowing them to relax and manage the stress and anxiety of serious illness.

So get out those craft supplies, or take a class to learn a new skill! Crafts and hobbies are good for your mental and physical health.

(For more information: Locally, you can sign of up for classes at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and the Nampa Rec Center. Online, craftyarncouncil.com/health has information on personal health experiences.)

Megan E. Kasper, MD

 

Dr. Kasper is an OB/GYN physician.  To Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kasper, please call 463-3138

Megan kasper, MD, FACOG –OB/GYN

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Saltzer Medical Group is pleased to announce the association of Megan Kasper, MD, FACOG specializing in OB/GYN.

Dr. Kasper will be practicing at our 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa and 3277 E. Louise Drive, Meridian locations.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kasper please call 463-3138

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New Year’s Day holiday hours

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

BOTH Quick Care locations will be open Friday, January 1, 2016 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

All regular clinics will be closed

 

 

Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24th

All Saltzer Clinics will close at 12:00 Noon

Quick Care (both locations) will close at 4:00 PM

 

Christmas Day – Friday, December 25th

All locations will be closed

 

Quick Care will re-open Saturday, December 26th at 8:00 AM

 

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