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Recognizing Alzheimer's Disease

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. It involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.

In 2013, as many as 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease. It is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age. Changes in the brain can begin years before the first symptoms appear.

According to the National Institute on Aging, in addition to memory problems, someone with Alzheimer's disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Gets lost.
  • Has trouble handling money and paying bills.
  • Repeats questions.
  • Takes longer to complete normal daily tasks.
  • Displays poor judgment.
  • Loses things or misplacing them in odd places.
  • Displays mood and personality changes.

Source: CDC



Are You Protected Against Measles? Get Tested!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced this past week that a tourist, who had been confirmed to have measles, visited Niagara Falls on May 11 and May 12, 2017 and may have potentially exposed others to measles.

Measles can be serious. The common presenting symptoms are fever, rash, runny nose and red eyes. It can cause serious health complications.

Complications:

  • ear infection (otitis media)
  • lung infection (penumonia, bronchitis)
  • diarrhea
  • brain swelling/damage

According to the CDC:

  • about 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling/damage.
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

People at high risk of complications:

  • infants and children < 5 years of age
  • adults aged > 20 years of age
  • pregnant women
  • people with compromised immune systems like leukemia, HIV

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected.

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program. It is no longer constantly present in this country. However, measles is still common in many parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel internationally, you could come into contact with measles anywhere in the community.

The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against all strains of measles. 2 doses of the vaccine are recommended for best protection.

Walk-in to any of our clinics to get tested for immunity against measles (blood-work) . We also offer the MMR vaccine. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.


Learn to identify the signs of a stroke. Act F.A.S.T!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off or when a blood vessel bursts. Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

If you think that you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.
All the major symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, and often there is more than one symptom at the same time. With timely treatment, the risk of death and disability from stroke can be lowered. By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can be prepared to take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own.

Take a few minutes to learn the five major signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T and do the following simple test:

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T—Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. Some treatments for stroke only work if given in the first 3 hours after symptoms appear. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

Source: CDC


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