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    Statcare Removes Ticks
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    How to remove a tick?

    Bites from ticks, esp. deer ticks (Ixodes species) causes Lyme’s disease, a zoonotic disease. Lyme’s disease is caused by an infection with Borrelia burgdorferi esp. if the tick remains attached for more than 48-72 hours. Tick removal is relatively easy.

    How to remove a tick?

    1. Using tweezers, grasp the tick near the mouth parts, as close to the skin as possible.
    2. Pull the tick in a steady, upward motion away from skin.
    3. Do not use kerosone, matches or petroleum jelly to remove tick.
    4. Disinfect site with soap and water or hydrogen peroxide.
    5. Record date and location of tick bite.
    6. Dispose a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag, wrapping it tightly in tape or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

    What to do with the tick you removed?

    You can take it to the Department of Health and have it tested for the diseases it is carrying.

    Or

    You can get rid of the tick by:

    1. First drowning it in soapy water or rubbing alcohol and
    2. Flushing it down the toilet or throwing it in the trash after wrapping it up securely with tape.
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    Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease This Summer

    As the weather warms up, you and your family will probably be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. After all, the summer brings more opportunities for you to camp, hike, swim and bike. Before going outside, though, be sure to protect yourself from Lyme disease this summer.

    In 2015, 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

    What is Lyme disease?

    Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans.If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

    What can you do to protect yourself?

    You can decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick with a few precautions.

    1. Avoid tick infested areas. This is especially important in May, June and July. Many local health departments and park or extension services will have information regarding these areas.
    2. If you are in a tick-infested area, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass.
    3. Use insect repellent. Spray repellent containing a 20%-30% concentration of DEET on clothes and on exposed skin.
    4. You can also treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
    5. Permethrin can also be used on tents and some camping gear.
    6. Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
    7. Remove attached ticks with tweezers. Avoid crushing the tick’s body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close to the skin as possible. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.
    8. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
    9. After being outdoors, dry clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes to kill any ticks that are attached to clothing.

    Source: CDC

    If you think that you may be ill from a tick bite, you should see a healthcare provider to diagnose your illness. Statcare Urgent Medical Care is a great option for tick prevention advice, Lyme Disease testing and treatment. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (917) 310-3371  and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

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    5 Tips For Eating Healthy This Easter

    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.

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    5 Things You Could Do To Help Fight Gray Hair

    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).

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    Walk In Sports Physical in NY

    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!

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