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Stop Smoking for Free

Friday, January 6th, 2017

2017 is your year to stop smoking.

Saltzer Medical Group will hold free smoking cessation classes in January.

Click HERE for more information.

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

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

Please Join Us

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
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55th Yr – 2nd version

Please Join us for our 55th Anniversary Celebration.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa

Lunch, Entertainment, Giveaways

Enter for a chance to win dinner for two at Brick 29 and a nights stay at the Holiday Inn Express

Please join us for this fun, free event

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

Joshua Lundberg, MD — Family Practice

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Dr. Joshua LundbergDr. Joshua Lundberg, Family Practice

Dr. Lundberg will practice at our 215 E. Hawaii Ave., Nampa Location and will begin seeing patients in November.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lundberg call 468-5910

 

Dr. Lundberg completed his family medicine residency in memphit, TN, with special emphasis on caring for the underserved in the Memphis community and abroad.  His practice encompassed all aspects of health, including physicial, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  After residency, Dr. Lundberg worked with a few anti-human trafficking organizations in Thailand, along with his wife, who is trained as a counselor. Dr. Lundberg still enjoys praying with patients and discussing the Bible when they wish to do so.  He and his wife have one energetic son and are expecting their second child.  They enjoy the Treasure Valley and all it has to offer.  When not busy with medicine or family activities, Dr. Lundberg enjoys woodworking, drawing, and theoretical physics.

Saltzer’s team – Walk 4 Hope

Monday, October 12th, 2015

On the evening of October 10th six Saltzer employees and their families walked in the Walk 4 Hope that benefited the Advocates Against Family Violence.

 

Saltzer Employees

Saltzer Employees

Team Saltzer

Team Saltzer

 

Walk for Hope

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Come out on Saturday, October 10 and support a great cause.

Have you signed up to have access to your medical record though our Patient Portal?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

 

You will have access to:

Lab Results

Medication (request refills)

Medical Records

Education

Messages (send and receive messages from your doctor)

Reminders

Billing (view last statement)

Demographic Information

Referrals (view and request)

As you can see there are many ways to save time and energy by utilizing the Patient Portal.

For more information, please ask at your next visit, or call 463-3000.

Measles: What you should know

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Measles is a serious respiratory disease that is spread easily through coughing and sneezing. Measles is a very contagious virus that can spread even if the person with measles is no longer in the room. Measles can also be spread by an infected person even before a rash or any other symptoms appear.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2011, 38 percent of children younger than 5 years old who had measles in the United States had to be treated in the hospital.  Although the number of cases in the U.S. is low, measles is common in other countries.

Measles is spread from person to person through the air by infectious droplets. Severe cases of measles can cause pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, and death. One to three children out of 1,000 in the U.S. who get measles will die from the disease.

Symptoms of measles
    Fever—which can become very high
    Runny nose
    Cough
    Feeling run down, achy (also known as malaise)
    Red, watery eyes (similar to pink eye)
    A rash that runs from the hairline to the face and neck
    Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)

Measles vaccine
To prevent measles, get vaccinated. The vaccine available for measles is a shot that combines the vaccines for
measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Two doses of the MMR vaccine is recommend for children, starting between
12 and 15 months. The second dose should be given before the child enters kindergarten (between 4 and 6 years of age). The vaccine protects children by preparing their bodies to fight the measles virus. Almost all children (95 out
of 100) who get two doses of MMR vaccine will be protected from measles. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for a copy of your children’s vaccine records.

Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.

Additional resources
CDC – Measles http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/measles/fs-parents.html WHO – Measles fact sheet  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs286/en/ NFID – Measles –  http://www.nfid.org/idinfo/measles
Updated: 6/30/2014

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