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Kit moves on to Nursing School
After five months at Pisgah Family Health, Kit will be moving to Gainesville, Florida with her husband to attend nursing school at The University of Florida.
Kit has been helping Julie as a receptionist and working with Tami to assist in her many responsibilities, while taking prerequisite classes for nursing school.
Kit really enjoyed being part of the Pisgah Family health community and felt her time in the office was an invaluable experience in the medical profession.
Kit was accepted to nursing programs at Duke and Florida and after much deliberation is thrilled to start Florida's program in early May, where she will complete her nursing degree in one year.
Her husband will also be attending Law School in Gainesville.
Julie's Exciting News!Julie, our office manager, is expecting her first child this October! In the coming months, you'll notice some fresh faces in our office as we will have new staff helping us during Julie's maternity leave. Please join us in welcoming the new staff while Julie takes on life's greatest challenge.
$100 for 100 Miles in 100 Days
Julie, Tami, and Kit are hitting the pavement at lunch to meet Dr. Curran's challenge of walking 100 miles in 100 days.
Dr. Curran is offering $100 bonus to finishers, with the goal of improving our staff's health.
Beautiful spring days have made excellent walking conditions, and the 0.3 mile loop around the building has been well-traveled.
A chart in the break room is used to document the miles, and the ladies are determined to meet their goal.
We encourage all of our patients to get outdoors and enjoy taking care of yourself.
Walking is the simplest way to start an exercise routine and is an effective way to burn calories, improve cardiovascular fitness, and strengthen muscle tone.
Ridgefield Business Park (our business home) has a 1.4 mile off-road trail for recreational walkers and joggers. The trail passes directly in front of our office, and makes a loop around the entire business park. Most of the trail is wooded and covered in mulch. A small segment passes over sidewalks and roads. The trail includes some hills, and is covered in mulch, so walkers should wear sturdy walking shoes. A detailed map is available at our office.
The trail is available at all hours. We hope this will be a resource for our patients interested in maintaining their fitness.
Our normal office hours are 9-5 Monday through Thursday, and 9-12 on Friday. Our answering service can be reached after hours at 251-4873. When the office is closed, emergency care is available at the Urgent Care Centers, and at Mission/Saint Joseph hospitals ER. Telephone calls are handled by Dr. Curran’s call partners.
Please turn off your cell phone while in our office. If you must have your phone on, please put it on vibrate and step outside the office to speak.
Please call our office if you are unable to keep any appointment. We will be happy to cancel or reschedule your appointment to a time that is better for you. If you skip an appointment without notification, you are wasting our most valuable resource - our time. Pisgah Family Health has a policy of ending our relationship with patients who skip more than two appoitments.
Now is the time to schedule your annual physical. During the summer months we are less busy, and more able to make time for routine care and physical exams. Please remember to schedule these extensive visits well in advance. You will avoid waiting, and avoid contact with sick patients by having your physical during these months.
Does your child need a physical exam for school, camp or sports? Plan now for these visits. Be sure to have your paperwork completed and vaccination record with you, as these will be necessary for the doctor visit.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month-an opportunity for you to be a positive force on behalf of the children and families in your community. Preventing child abuse is an action in which each of us can participate. Be aware of the signs of abuse, and know how to report it. No one person can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Signs of Child Abuse
10 Things To Do Instead of Hurting a Child
If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed by the demands of parenting, call the Parent Helpline at 1-800-342-7472 for information about family support resources in your community.
If you or someone you know is being abused, dial 911 or call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected please contact the Department of Social Services.
FDA Warning about Childrens' Cough and Cold Medicines
(Transcript from the FDA) On January 17, 2008 the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory titled: FDA Recommends that Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products not be used for Children under Two-Years-of-Age.
The FDA has completed its review of information about the safety of over-the-counter, also known as OTC, cough and cold medicines in infants and children under two- years-of age. FDA is recommending that these drugs not be used to treat infants and children under two-years-of-age because serious and potentially life-threatening side effects can occur.
FDA's recommendation is based on both the review of the information we received about serious side effects in children and the discussion and recommendations made at the public advisory committee meeting held on October 18th and 19th 2007, at which this issue was discussed. FDA strongly supports the actions taken by many pharmaceutical manufacturers to voluntarily withdraw cough and cold medicines that were being sold for use in this age group.
FDA has not completed its review of information about the safety of OTC cough and cold medicines in children two through eleven-years-of-age. We are aware of reports of serious side effects from cough and cold medicines in children two- years-of age and older. FDA is committed to completing its comprehensive and thorough review of the safety of OTC cough and cold medicines in children two- years-of age and older as quickly as possible and expects to communicate our recommendations to the public in the near future.
Pending completion of FDA's ongoing review, if parents and caregivers use OTC cough and cold medicines in children two- years-of age and older, FDA recommends:
We urge parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to report side effects that may be associated with the use of OTC cough and cold medicines in children two-years-of-age and older to us at the FDA's MedWatch adverse event reporting program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088 or by the Internet at www.FDA.gov/medwatch. Updated information about drugs with emerging safety concerns is available 24 hours a day at our Web site www.FDA.gov/CDER.
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This month there has been nonstop publicity surrounding the drugs Zetia (Ezetimibe) and Vytorin (Simvastatin+Ezetimibe). If you are taking either of these drugs for cholesterol, please do not panic. There has been no safety concern about these drugs. Here is Dr. Curran's interpretation of this important news.
In the April 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the results of the ENHANCE trial were released. This trial followed 720 patients with a genetic disorder predisposing them to high cholesterol and early coronary disease. The study compared cholesterol plaque progression in patients taking Simvastatin (Zocor) vs. those taking Simvastatin (Zocor) plus Ezetimibe (Zetia). The results found no reduction in carotid plaque development with the combination versus Simvastatin alone.
From this trial the media has concluded that Zetia (Ezetimibe) is ineffective at preventing carotid (and perhaps cardiac) disease. There are several important points from this study that have been neglected in the popular media. Here's my analysis:
It is important not to be a victim of publicity for pharmaceuticals, whether it be negative or positive publicity. Here are some simple take-home points about these drugs.
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