The Effects of Arguing

Posted March 17, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
Categories: Children's Health, Health tips

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Photo credit Robert Horvath

Do you sometimes argue in front of the kids?  We’re all human, and anyone who’s ever been in a relationship can tell you that conflicts sometimes arise.  The way in which you and your partner handle these conflicts can have lasting health effects on your kids.

A recent study done in the UK suggests that the way in which we argue can impact our children’s health.  Arguments that are deemed “destructive” – for example involve walking away, slamming doors, ignoring one another – can negatively affect a child’s health.  Being exposed to this type of arguing can lead to stomachaches, headaches, long term mental health issues such as depression, as well as reduced growth.

Don’t be alarmed.  This doesn’t mean children shouldn’t be exposed to any type of arguing.  Children who were exposed to arguments that were deemed “constructive” – for example parents worked through their conflicts respectfully – reacted positively.

It’s important that we model for children the proper way to handle conflicts.  Continue to be respectful when in an argument, no matter how difficult it may be.  Avoid name-calling and other hurtful words.  If one or both of you need a break, walk away.  Resolve to discuss the issue again when emotions aren’t running so high.  Above all, remember the love you have for each other and your family.

Take a moment during an argument to reflect on who is witnessing the argument, and how your behavior could impact him or her.  It is a powerful way to center yourself.  It serves as a reminder that we are the greatest teachers in our child’s lives!

How do you teach your own children to resolve conflicts?  ER-DOX would love for you to share your tips with us on Facebook!

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

 

Should the Term “Life Support” be Changed?

Posted March 3, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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Photo credit Wolf Friedmann

Photo credit Wolf Friedmann

Over the last two months we have seen the media focus on two high-profile cases of young women being kept alive through the use of medical technology.  The heartbreaking stories of Jahi McMath, a 13 year old girl declared brain dead after surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids, and Marlise Munoz, a 33 year old mother pregnant with her second child and declared brain dead after collapsing on her kitchen floor in the middle of the night, have brought up interesting moral, legal, and ethical issues.

Dr. Larry Kessler, of ER-DOX, discusses these issues in his book “We All Die Once.”  We seem to sometimes fall under the spell that life can be prolonged indefinitely.  Unfortunately, we all must die and the best we can hope for is that we be allowed to pass gracefully and with dignity.

The issues raised by these two cases specifically involve the term “brain death.”  Laymen sometimes equate that term with “coma” or “persistent vegetative state” – two other terms often heard in the news when the case of Terry Schiavo was making headlines.  However, brain dead is wholly different from those two terms.  Most people equate death with the stopping of the heart, and don’t realize that the cessation of brain function is a legal definition for death.  Because machines are capable of keeping one’s lungs and heart functioning, the illusion of life is preserved.  The reality is that someone declared brain dead will not recover and will not “live” in any sense of the term, and that is a painful thing for family members and loved ones to accept.  While the family of Ms. Munoz petitioned the court to order the hospital to remove life support, the family of Ms. McMath petitioned the court to order the hospital to keep life support going.

What we can all learn from these cases is to think about how each of us wants to face our death, should it come in the form of terminal illness or catastrophic injury.  Be sure to make your wishes known to family and loved ones.  Don’t shy away from discussing end of life care.  In the end, and the end comes for all of us, it could save your family and loved ones from anguish and indecision.

Be sure to check out Dr. Kessler’s “We All Die Once” Facebook page here!

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

 

The Friendly Doctor

Posted February 13, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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NPR recently published an interesting blog article on doctors and how they can better connect with patients.  The author of the article, a doctor from Oklahoma, cited a recent Johns Hopkins study in which two groups of medical interns were followed and found to sit next to a patient’s bedside only 9% of the time.

The author had the following advice to offer to those in the medical profession:

  • Sit down when speaking to a patient
  • Introduce yourself
  • Explain your role in the patient’s treatment
  • Touch the patient (for example, offer a handshake)
  • Ask open ended questions such as “How do you feel?”

 

ER-DOX strives to offer quality, as well as friendly, medical care to our communities!  Visit any of our convenient Long Island or Brooklyn locations and experience for yourself our friendly atmosphere and caring staff!

 

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

 

The Effects of Quitting

Posted February 7, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
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Have you ever watched an old movie or TV show episode and been struck by the odd appearance of someone puffing away on a cigarette in a hospital or doctor’s office?  It wasn’t that long ago that people were allowed to smoke in almost any public place.  Nowadays, in many locations, people are not only banned from smoking indoors, they must also smoke several feet away from the outside of a public building.

Recently we marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.  The 1964 report went largely ignored when released and for many years afterwards.  However, the American Medical Association journal estimated that 8 million people enjoyed longer lives due to the report and its effects on the tobacco industry.

ER-DOX would love to hear from you!  Have you ever smoked?  What changes to your health did you notice after quitting?  Perhaps you are trying to quit.  What strategies are you trying to help you give up cigarettes for good?  Share with us on Facebook!

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

 

Children’s Sports and Brain Injuries

Posted February 1, 2014 by urgentcarelongisland
Categories: Children's Health

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Everyone knows that concussions are dangerous and parents rush to have them treated when children are injured.  While concussions can occur during any type of rough play, children who participate in sports are more at risk.

Parents, however, should also be aware that a recent study shows that even a small hit to the head can cause brain injury.  The study, published in the journal Neurology, showed that a group of athletes who suffered slight head injuries, without concussion, did show signs of changes to the brain.  The changes specifically impacted the corpus callosum, the part of the brain between the two hemispheres of the brain.

Further study is needed to determine if these changes are permanent or temporary.

What should parents take from this?  First, that we can’t keep our kids in a bubble.  Nor should we want to!  But we can keep them safer and lower their risk of injury by teaching them to follow instructions from coaches/instructors, obey the rules of the game, and to wear all proper safety gear.  Second, parents should understand that it is important to have all injuries looked at, even if they don’t seem serious when they first occur.

ER-DOX is available to treat all injuries, even if they occur at evening practice when most doctors’ offices are closed.  All of our locations are open until 9 PM.  Our Massapequa office is open an additional 2 hours, until 11 PM.  We are here to put parents’ worries to rest!

The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider.  If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.

 

How to Tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu

Posted December 12, 2013 by urgentcarelongisland
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When we get sick, and really feel awful, it is one of the worst feelings in the world.  All most people want to do is crawl under the covers and sleep!  However, it is important to recognize the difference between a cold and something more serious.

So when is it time to visit us at ER-DOX?

First, you should note that a cold and the flu are both respiratory ailments.  However, they are caused by different viruses.  The flu is much more serious than a common cold.  Although a common cold can make a person feel downright awful, it is generally much less dangerous than the flu.

Symptoms of both the common cold and the flu can be very similar and sometimes people aren’t sure from which ailment they are suffering.  Those symptoms can include fever, fatigue, body aches, and dry cough.  So how does one know when it’s the flu?

When a person is suffering from the flu, all of those symptoms are much more intense.  Cold sufferers are more likely to suffer as well from stuffy, runny noses than are flu sufferers.  Also, the flu is more likely to bring on more serious health issues such as pneumonia and bacterial infections.  The flu is also more likely to end up with a hospitalization.

Unsure?  Please come see ER-DOX at any of our four convenient locations.  We can have you checked out and back home beneath the covers within minutes.  The only surefire way of knowing is by running some simple tests to determine if you do indeed have the flu.  Certainly if the old adage “feels like I’ve been hit by a truck” applies to you . . . it’s time to see a professional!  It may end up being a severe cold, but better to be safe than sorry!

Thankful

Posted November 28, 2013 by urgentcarelongisland
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At ER-DOX, our goal is to provide quality, immediate medical care in our communities.  Our entire practice began in response to the shutting down of a local hospital in Amityville, NY.  We recognized that our community and neighbors would not have access to emergency care . . . . and ER-DOX was born.

Since then it has been our mission to continuously offer affordable, quality, timely care.  We believe that many local emergency rooms are overstuffed and understaffed.  So many of the emergency medical needs of our community members can be treated in our clean, friendly offices without the unnecessarily long waits one typically finds at a hospital.

We strive every day, at each of our locations, to continue to answer the needs of our neighbors.  We work to continue growing and moving into neighborhoods with demonstrated emergency medical needs.  This year saw the opening of our Hewlett, Long Island and Midwood, Brooklyn locations.  Everyone at ER-DOX knows that it is the trust and loyalty of our patients that allows us to continue our mission.

For that, we are most thankful.

We wish for all of our communities, neighbors, patients, families, and friends a healthy, happy Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones and good cheer!  ER-DOX will be here should you need us!


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