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5 Tips For Eating Healthy This Easter

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Easter is a meaningful holiday for many of us and also a time to celebrate family and the coming of spring. Food definitely becomes a focus of this holiday. You can make the best of healthy eating by planning ahead and turning your efforts towards making the most of your time with family.

  1. Eat a balanced, whole food breakfast. For example, eat boiled/scrambled eggs along with some sauteed vegetables. Protein-packed smoothie could be an add on as well.
  2. Go for a walk. Get up 15 minutes earlier and be active in some way to set the tone for the day. You could also go for a walk after your Easter dinner with some family members. 
  3. Stay hydrated. Often times, headaches begin when we become dehydrated and we eat foods that are high in sodium. Drinking plenty of water can balance out the extra sodium content and maintain our electrolyte balance.
  4. Stick to the basics. Offer to bring something you would like to eat or stick to the basics of protein and veggies for dinner.
  5. Save the goodies for after the meal. Easter candy such as jelly beans and cream-filled Easter eggs are definitely not the most ideal, nutritious food. Plan what you're going to have in advance, stick with it and avoid eating anything that wasn't on your list.

Most of all have fun!  Enjoy the holiday with others and that alone surpasses wanting to eat.

5 Things You Could Do To Help Fight Gray Hair

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Our hair color comes from a pigment called melanin. With age, melanin is reduced which is why our hair turns gray and ultimately, white once there's no melanin left.

In 2016, researchers discovered a gene that accounts for 30% of hair graying. The research study involved 6000 people living in five Latin American countries. They looked into these populations because they represent a good mix of backgrounds. Kaustubh Adhikari, a research associate in cell and developmental biology at University College London, was the lead author of the study.

The other 70% is likely due to factors such as age, toxic exposures, nutritional deficiencies and stress.

To limit gray hair:

  1. Avoid smoking: There is a significant association between tobacco use and graying of hair.
  2. Minimize oxidative stress by avoiding pollution and stress: Oxidative stress may be defined as a state in which our free radicals (from pollution, poor diet, stress) outnumber our antioxidant defenses (from healthy diet). Graying hair may be an indicator of oxidative stress-induced damage.
  3. Eat a healthy antioxidant rich diet: The following are rich in antioxidants: Goji berries, wild blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans, artichoke, elderberries, kidney beans, cranberries, balckberries, cilantro.
  4. Increase vitamin B12 intake: Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with graying of hair. The following are rich in vitamin B12: Shellfish, liver, fish, crab, fortified soy products (tofu, soymilk), fortified cereals, red meat, low fat dairy, cheese and eggs.
  5. Normalize weight: Obesity is associated with graying of hair.

Source: Adhikari, K. et al. A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features. Nat. Commun. 7:10815 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10815 (2016).

Walk In Sports Physical in NY

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Every participant in a school sports team is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination, also called sports physical. Statcare Urgent Medical Care offers sports physicals at all our locations. Sports physicals consist of two parts: a medical history and a physical examination. The goals of sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete's general health, current fitness level, risk of injury and physical well-being. 

A sports physical allows a healthcare provider to identify any conditions that might keep the athlete out of the game or affect performance. Athletes should have a physical six weeks before the start of the sport season; however this can vary due to changing sport seasons. This timing provides an opportunity to address an existing injury or improve conditioning prior to participation in the activity.

Our healthcare providers perform sports physicals at all our locations. Notifying the provider of any relevant information regarding previous hospitalizations or surgeries, illnesses or diseases within the family, medications, past injuries or allergies will help the physical run smoothly.

Even if your child has received a general physical, it is important to also receive a sports physical prior to participation in sports or physical activity. Sports physicals are more targeted and specifically focus on the physical requirements needed to play a sport. If your child is involved in sports on an on-going basis, it is recommended they receive a sports physical annually.

What to bring?

  • Your child's eye glasses if they wear one.
  • Your child's immunization records.

What to expect?

Step one

  • Questions regarding serious illnesses among other family members.
  • Questions regarding past illnesses, injuries, hospitalizations and surgeries.
  • Questions about any medications your child is on.
  • Height, weight, blood pressure and pulse measurement.
  • Vision check.

Step two

  • Inform the provider if your child has passed out, felt dizzy, had chest pain, or experienced strained breathing during exercise.
  • Heart, lung, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination.
  • Posture, joints, strength and flexibility assessment.

At the end of the visit, your healthcare provider will stamp the medical forms required.

When you visit Statcare Urgent Medical Care, you can get your child's sport physical done without having to wait in long lines. You can even check in online prior to your visit. We are open 7 days a week. You do not need an appointment. With extended hours, Statcare Urgent Medical Care makes it easy to receive a sports physical and return to the game. Walk in and be seen now!

7 Things You Shouldn't Refrigerate

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According to the Food and Drug Administration, your refrigerator should be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. Chilling foods to proper temperatures is one of the best ways to slow the growth of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses.

Here are 7 food items that should not be stored in the refrigerator. They should be stored at room temperature.

  1. Tomatoes: They lose their flavor and texture when refrigerated. Cold temperature damages the membranes inside its walls, making them lose flavor and become mushy. Cold air also stops the ripening process. Ripe tomatoes are meant to be eaten within a couple of days, so buy them in small amounts as needed.
  2. Potatoes: Keeping a potato in the refrigerator will turn its starch into sugar more quickly and that will make them sweet and gritty in nature. This increases their sugar content.
  3. Onions: If you put onions in the refrigerator, the moisture will eventually turn them soft and moldy. Chopped or sliced onions can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a few days.
  4. Coffee: If you leave coffee in the refrigerator, it will lose its flavor and may take some of the odors in the refrigerator. Coffee beans are hygroscopic and they absorb moisture from the surrounding area. Larger quantities of coffee can be stored in the freezer.
  5. Honey: Keeping honey in the refrigerator can cause it to crystallize. Extreme cold temperatures can spoil its taste and texture.
  6. Avocados: Avocados sulk in the refrigerator. They ripen best at room temperature.
  7. Bread: Wheat flour, the primary ingredient in bread, is packed full of granules of starch. When exposed to moisture (in the refrigerator), the starch breaks down and becomes increasingly amorphous. This causes the bread to dry out quickly.

Source: FDA

You can prevent carbon monoxide exposure

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 12, 2017. As you prepare to set your clocks ahead one hour, remember to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don't have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. About 400 people die each year in the United States from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is formed when organic compounds burn. The most common sources are motor vehicle exhaust, smoke from fires, engine fumes, and nonelectric heaters. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.

How can I prevent CO poisoning in my home?

1. Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. 

2. Don't run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

3. Never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn't vented.

4. Never heat your house with a gas oven.

5. Never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or outside less than 20 feet from a window, door or vent.

6. Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. 

Source: CDC

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.



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