2017 is your year to stop smoking.Â Saltzer Medical Group will hold free smoking cessation classes in January.Â Click HERE for more information.
Saltzer 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 worldâ€™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, womenâ€™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. Â 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 â€“ 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.
It’s that time of year again. Flu season. Â Let’s demystifyÂ whyÂ we get it,Â howÂ we get it, how to getÂ ridÂ of it, and more importantly howÂ seriousÂ 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.Â
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?Â
* 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.
Â (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.Â
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, Â next to St. Luke’s Meridian. Â To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey call 884-2920
Unfortunately, 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
* Sore throat
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. Â To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cressey call 884-2920
Saltzer Medical Group is pleased to welcome
Yvette Cressey, DO
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
Saltzer is proud to announce the association of:
Ryan Zerr, D.O., CAQSM
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
We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, but if you find yourself in need of medical care our Quick Care Urgent Care centers will be open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM all weekend (including Monday).
215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa – 463-3309
9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive, Nampa – 288-4930
Smoking is personal!
Understand why you smoke to help you quit for good.
To sign up call (208) 971-2668
September Sessions – 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa
Evening Sessions – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Monday, Sept 12th
Wednesday, Sept 14
Monday, Sept. 19th
Wednesday, Sept. 21st
Morning Sessions – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, Sept. 13th
Thursday, Sept. 15th
Tuesday, Sept. 20th
Thursday, Sept. 22nd
–Learn about quitting techniques and nicotine replacement therapy
–Create your customized quit plan
–Maximize your motivation
–Practice coping and stress management skills
–Gain tools to guard against relapse.
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