Flu Season is Here

Visit the Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic for your very important flu shot.

A new year is quickly approaching.
And with a new year come new deductibles.
So, be sure to take advantage of the rest of the year by scheduling your next appointment at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic.
Also, remember that cold weather can bring flu.
Make your wellness check up count by getting your flu shots.

Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic – The answer for flu season

Benefits of the Flu Shot

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are some of the benefits of getting a flu shot.
  1. The flu shot helps keep you from getting sick with the flu.
  2. The flu shot can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children, working-age adults and older adults.
  3. Flu vaccination helps prevent serious medical events associated with some chronic conditions.
  4. The flu shot helps protect women during and after pregnancy.
  5. Flu vaccination can be life saving for children.
  6. The flu shot reduces the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
  7. Getting vaccinated helps protect people around you, including children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Enjoying Paradise – Tips to Avoid Travel Illness

As you plan your exotic summer vacation, the excitement of what lies ahead begins to really grow. But, have you asked yourself the question, “What if, among the once-in-a-lifetime paradise I am visiting, I do something to leave me stuck inside my hotel room sick?” Let us offer you some tips to keep you in tip-top shape while you’re in paradise.

Because really, wouldn’t you rather be enjoying this:

Palm Beach

Instead of this:

Sick in a Hotel

Vaccinations

  • You should get vaccinated against any diseases that may be endemic to the region you’re headed to at least four weeks before a trip out of the country.
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site to learn more about diseases you could come in contact with during your trip.

To Reduce Contamination in your Food and Water

In countries with poor sanitation:

  • Don’t drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth. Use filtered or bottled water instead.
  • Ice in your drinks could spell disaster, so avoid it altogether. Bottled drinks with a seal are usually safe, and so are boiled water and hot drinks made with boiled water.
  • If food has been kept at room temperature in warm locations, it could have been exposed to flies. Try only eating food that is served hot.
  • Don’t eat salads, uncooked fruits and vegetables unless you’ve washed and peeled them yourself.

Staying Away from Bug Bites

  • If you are visiting an area where mosquitos are common, sleep under a mosquito net to avoid being bitten at night. Extra tip: Carry a small sewing kit with you to repair any holes in the net.
  • Malaria mosquitoes bite between dusk and dawn, so being indoors during these hours can reduce the number of bites.
  • Using products with DEET are the most effective insect repellents, but be sure to read the directions for their proper use.
  • Avoid tight clothing, which mosquitos can bite through. Wear loose-fitting clothing in malaria hotspots.

Don’t let Jet Lag Ruin your Vacation/Treat it Early

  • Jet lag can throw off your biological clock, which weakens your immune system. Try adjusting to your new schedule at least a week before you travel, if possible. Go to sleep and wake up earlier/later depending on which direction you’re heading.
  • Don’t try to cure jet lag with caffeine or alcohol. This will give you an inefficient amount of sleep and possibly make conditions worse.

Follow these tips, and plan for your safety on upcoming trips. Proper planning will allow you to make the most of your vacation and come back with great stories to tell your friends and family.

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If you are traveling out the country, set up a consultation with our travel medicine specialist, J. Taylor Carlisle, M.D. at 358-0200.

Workouts Help Sleep Quality

Regular exercise helps improve sleep
Diet and exercise will always be the best diagnosis a doctor can give you. Often, it’s the simple things that can help reduce your risk of sleep apnea, an increasingly common form of sleep deprivation that affects millions of Americans. Come visit the Clinic’s Sleep Center for more information regarding sleep apnea. Our world class medical staff has been helping victims of sleep apnea for decades.
Visit the Sleep Center website.

How Does Exercise Affect Sleep and Energy?

People who regularly hit the gym sleep better and feel more alert during the day than those who are not as physically active, according to a study.

The results showed that people who did 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week reported a 65-percent improvement in sleep quality.

“Physical activity may not just be good for the waistline and heart, but it also can help you sleep,” study researcher Brad Cardinal, professor of exercise science at Oregon State University, said in a statement.

Participants who worked out for at least 150 minutes also said that they felt less drowsy during the daytime, compared with those who were less physically active.

(People who got 150 minutes of exercise a week reported a 65-percent improvement in their sleep quality.)

Cardinal and his colleagues studied a nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women between ages 18 and 85.The study adds to the evidence showing that “regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep,” Cardinal said.

The study showed that the risk of often feeling overly sleepy during the day dropped by 65 percent for the more active participants.

The study authors noted that the national guideline that recommends getting 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week was originally set to improve cardiovascular health, but their findings show that that level of exercise has other health benefits as well. Approximately 35 to 40 percent of adults in the U.S. have problems falling asleep or experience daytime sleepiness, according to the National Institutes of Health.

What If You’re Too Tired to Work Out?

The researchers also found that participants who met the physical activity guidelines were 68 percent less likely to experience leg cramps while sleeping, and 45 percent less likely to have difficulty concentrating when tired.

If you often experience daytime drowsiness, it may seem contradictory to spend even more of your lagging energy by going for a run or attending a Zumba class, but such physical exertion will actually make you feel more awake, according to the researchers.

“There are trade-offs. It may be easier when you are tired to skip the workout and go to sleep, but it may be beneficial for your long-term health to make the hard decision and get your exercise,” Cardinal said.

Pass it on: People who get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week sleep better and feel more alert during the day than those who are not as physically active.

Osteoporosis and Women: How to Prevent Weak Bones

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Osteoporosis develops gradually, usually without symptoms. A broken bone that occurs with minor trauma, such as a slight blow to the wrist, for example, is typically the first symptom. Approximately one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime.

Bone Density Testing

If you are age 65 or older, you should get a bone density test to screen for osteoporosis. If you are younger than 65 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, ask your doctor or nurse if you need a bone density test before age 65. Bone density testing is recommended for older women whose risk of breaking a bone is the same or greater than that of a 65‑year‑old white woman with no risk factors other than age. 

A bone mineral density (BMD) test measures the strength of your bones to help assess your future risk of fractures. This test is not usually performed until after menopause unless you have an unusual clinical situation or are at high risk for osteoporosis. It is quick, painless and noninvasive.

Preventing Weak Bones

The best way to prevent weak bones is to work on building strong ones. No matter how old you are, it is never too late to start. Building strong bones during childhood and the teen years is one of the best ways to keep from getting osteoporosis later. As you get older, your bones don’t make new bone fast enough to keep up with the bone loss. And after menopause, bone loss happens more quickly.

But there are steps you can take to slow the natural bone loss with aging and to prevent your bones from becoming weak and brittle. There are five simple steps to reduce your risk for osteoporosis:

  • Increase the amount of calcium and vitamin D in your diet.
  • Exercise regularly; bones and muscles respond to physical activity by becoming stronger. Weight-bearing exercises like walking and weight lifting are the most beneficial.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Being underweight or losing weight increases your risk of bone loss and fracture, and ultimately, of developing osteoporosis.
  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking (nicotine) can reduce bone mass and increase the risk of fracture, thus increasing your risk for osteoporosis. Ask your health care professional to recommend methods to help you quit.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if you drink. Excessive consumption of alcohol increases your risk of osteoporosis and fractures from falls.

For some women, medication may also be helpful for preventing additional bone loss. Ask your health care professional what the best osteoporosis prevention strategy is for you.

Finally…

The importance of beginning bone loss prevention at a very young age is now well understood. Bone health programs are being developed and implemented that targets girls as young as nine to 12 years of age and their parents, focusing on promoting good nutritional choices and participating in regular physical activity. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

(Some information provided by Healthywomen.org)

Video Lecture: “Gut Instinct” Feat. Dr. Joanna Wilson, HerCare

Our stomachs and the importance of the bacteria that lives there

Joanna Wilson, D. O. Internal Medicine specializing in Women's Health

Joanna Wilson, D. O.
Internal Medicine specializing in Women’s Health

As humans, we are 99% bacterial. Learn more about the following:

– Colonization of bacteria at birth

– The connection between digestion and bacterial health

– The latest breakthroughs in bacteria science

– And much more…

Why see a Rheumatology Specialist? (Featuring Dr. Ming Chen, ADC, Rheumatologist)

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology is the area of medical expertise concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the muscles, bones and joints. It can include knee pain, hip pain, back pain and more.

In this video, watch Dr. Schwartzenburg give an overview to a real patient about Rheumatology.

Inside Look: Rheumatology with Dr. Schwartzenburg

Rheumatology Treatment Options

Rheumatology Treatment Options Part 2

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Specialist Bio

Rheumatology

Dr. Ming Chen, Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, P.A. Specialist, Rheumatology

Dr. Ming Chen, Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic, P.A. Specialist, Rheumatology

Dr. Ming Chen

Call Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ming Chen at 8063580200

Video Recap: How To Give A Vitamin B Shot

From ADC

by Cindy Anderson, RN, MSCN

Acting on the signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

X-Ray of Rheumatoid Arthritis

“Failure to act on early signs of rheumatoid arthritis could prove fatal” from the Guardian

People are putting themselves at risk of an early death by failing to act on the early signs of rheumatoid arthritis, a doctor warned today. The crippling condition causes swelling and pain in the joints, but these symptoms are often dismissed as an inevitable consequence of ageing or too minor to trouble a GP with.

A study into patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis found that on average, they went untreated for more than six months, and that most of this delay was due to people failing to raise the issue with their GP. Dr Karim Raza, a consultant rheumatologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals, said that acting on the first signs of rhemuatoid arthritis was crucial because it can be treated successfully if caught within three months.

“The condition does not just affect the joints. People with rheumatoid arthritis typically die 10 years younger from premature heart disease,” Dr Raza said.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune disorder that targets the joints, but also damages other parts of the body. The condition affects 350,000 people in Britain and usually appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Three times as many women are affected as men…

Click here to read more.

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The rheumatologists at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic specialize in treating patients with arthritis, gout, lupus and related diseases.

National Nurses Week

We want to give honor to our nursing staff. They work hard everyday and we’re so grateful for their effort!

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From the American Nurses Association

National Nurses Week 2012 

Nurses: Advocating, Leading, CaringOften described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. We have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Background
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Visit the NNW History page, part of theNNW Media Kit. See below to learn more.

NNW Logo
The National Nurses Week logo is developed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) to help celebrate nurses and all that they do. ANA does trademark this logo but allows facilities to use it in their own celebrations. Guidelines for logo use and downloadable files are available in the NNW 2012 Logo Library.

We love our Amarillo Diagnostic Nursing Staff!

Why Is Laughter Good For You

From CocktailsWithMom.com
Visit http://bit.ly/JFn13F for the full article:

WHY IS LAUGHTER GOOD FOR YOU

October 26, 2011 by 
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