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Cold weather can help some allergies, but not indoor allergies

Allergies

Many people may not be looking forward to the cold weather spreading across much of the country, but for seasonal allergy sufferers, it could mean good news.

Thomas Scott, MD, an allergist with Via Christi Clinic says a hard freeze can help stop the production of allergens.

“This was kind of late for us to have the first frost of the year,” Dr. Scott says. “Generally if you have pollen or mold allergies, you should get immense relief because once there’s a hard freeze, production of these allergens stops.”

How to make the most of your doctor visit

How to make the most of a doctor visit
Whether your doctor visit is for a yearly checkup or because you have a health concern, it’s important to have a good relationship with your physician.
 
He or she should be someone who listens to your concerns, is easy to talk to about sensitive personal issues, and takes time to explain complex medical information in understandable terms.
 
Also key to having a good relationship with your doctor is being well-prepared for your office visit. That can improve the experience for both you and your physician.
 

Upgraded Via Christi room service program expands focus on service

The room service program at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis and St. Joseph recently upgraded with new titles and uniforms for associates, designed to reflect a focus on service.

“Associates who deliver meals are now called ambassadors,” says Dorinda Perez, manager of Clinical Nutrition. “We felt the new title reflected our focus on customer service.”

Can you get the flu from the flu shot?

If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot and then a day or two later you feel sick, you might wonder if the symptoms were a result of getting the flu shot.

That’s largely a myth, according to Maggie Hagan, MD, an infectious disease specialist.

“When one gets the flu, what do they experience? They may experience muscle aches, low grade or high fever,” Dr. Hagan says. “You can have some muscle aches and fever from the flu vaccine. That doesn’t mean you have the flu.”

Is it safe for pregnant women to eat seafood?

Is it safe for pregnant women to eat seafood?

There has recently been some conflicting information in the media about whether or not it’s okay for pregnant women to eat seafood, especially tuna, while pregnant.

We asked Via Christi Clinic maternal-fetal specialist Michael Wolfe, MD, for some insight into the issue.

“The concern over eating seafood during pregnancy is the exposure to mercury,” said Dr. Wolfe. “If you eat seafood that has too much mercury in it, it could damage your unborn child’s brain and nervous system.”

Do you know if your child is overweight?

obesity in children

It's getting more difficult to tell if your child is overweight.

That's the conclusion of a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Parents of children ages 6 to 11 between 2005 and 2010 were 30 percent more likely to believe their obese child was at the right weight than parents interviewed during a previous time frame of 1988 to 2010.

Physician organizes yearly triathlon for family

One of our Via Christi Sports Medicine physicians has developed a unique way of keeping his six children, ages 4 months to 11 years, active.

Andrew Porter, DO, and his wife, Mandy, started the Porter Triathlon five years ago. The event includes swimming in their community pool, biking, and running around the track at Andover Central Middle School. 

ALS gets renewed attention thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS

Have you been challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge™ yet?

If not, it's probably headed your way. It’s a social media craze that's sweeping the Internet. 

The Ice Bucket Challenge was created to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. The premise of the challenge is dare nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. Those who are nominated to do the challenge have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

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