Last Updated on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:03 am
Flu shots still available on walk-in basis
The Atlantic County Division of Public Health is providing flu shots to those 18 years and older on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary 9 a.m.-noon Mondays through Fridays at the Stillwater Building, 201 S. Shore Road, Northfield; and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays at 310 Bellevue Ave., Hammonton. Flu shots are available for $15, but there is no out-of-pocket fee for Medicare Part B recipients who present their cards. For more information see www.aclink.org/publichealth. For questions call 609-645-5933.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed major surgery in the United States. This 10-minute, painless procedure is highly effective with success rates over 99 percent. Along with the obvious improvement in the quality of life that comes with good vision, recent studies show that cataract surgery can dramatically increase lifespan.
One study followed 354 Australian participants over the age of 49 for 10 years. After adjusting for health factors, such as smoking, angina, cancer and stroke, the researchers found a 40 percent lower mortality rate in individuals who had cataract surgery. Other studies have shown similar results.
Last Updated on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 01:48 pm
Plantar fasciitis is a very common disorder, characterized by pain and inflammation in the bottom of the foot; usually back by the heel bone. This condition is a result of overstressing the plantar fascia, the soft tissue under the foot that helps maintain the arch. For most patients afflicted by this condition, the pain is at its worst with the first few steps in the morning. Other activities that can aggravate this condition are climbing stairs, prolonged walking and rising up on your toes.
By doing this, your body weight places force on your foot that wants to flatten out the normal arch. This stress can cause micro-tears in the plantar fascia. Your body heals these micro-tears, in part by laying down scar tissue. The amount of scar tissue is very small, but it can accumulate over time, creating a significant amount of scar tissue. This has a dramatic effect on the normal elasticity of the plantar fascia. The pliable nature of the plantar fascia allows it to act as a shock absorber. When the plantar fascia is more rigid, it transfers that stress directly to the heel bone.
Stressed out? Frazzled all the time? Want it to stop? Want to slow down and enjoy life without all the stress?
When most of us start feeling this way, we head to the medicine cabinet or the coffee pot, not realizing that sometimes the solution is already right inside us.
Dr. Veronica Gonzalez-Rivera
Pediatrician Dr. Veronica Gonzalez-Rivera began seeing patients at CompleteCare Health Network in September, just a few months after becoming a new mom. Although she has been practicing for a few years now, the new addition to her family has brought her new perspective into her patients’ questions and concerns.
“It’s completely different to see parents and their children now that I am a mom,” said Rivera. “I understand them more, I feel their pain more. I try to be even nicer than I was before to my patients, because I personally know how it feels to have a child and what it’s like when they are sick.”
Beginning in November, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health will provide flu shots to adults 18 years and over on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in Northfield at the Stillwater Building, 201 S. Shore Road; and in Hammonton at 310 Bellevue Ave. on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Flu shots are available for $15, but there is no out-of-pocket fee for Medicare Part B recipients who present their cards. For more information see www.aclink.org/publichealth . For questions call 609-645-5933.
Knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which a diseased or damaged knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. Made of metal alloys and high-grade plastics, the prosthesis is designed to move just like a healthy human knee joint.
Today greater than 90 percent of patients undergoing knee replacement have a complication-free result that relieves pain and restores mobility.
Cape Regional’s Diabetes Center of Excellence is opening a second center in the Hope Medical Commons, 210 S. Shore Road, Marmora, staffed by a team of certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, registered and advance practice nurses, a clinical exercise physiologist, and doctors of pharmacy. Call 609-463-2547 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape Regional Medical Center expanded its Diabetes Centers of Excellence to a second location in Marmora in the Hope Medical Commons, 210 S. Shore Road.
Hospital officials say the Marmora center is staffed by an exceptional team of certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, a clinical exercise physiologist, and a doctor of pharmacy. Both the Cape May Court House and Marmora Centers offer day and evening classes and most insurances are accepted.
Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed major surgery in the United States. This 10-minute, painless procedure is highly effective with success rates over 99 percent, according to staff at the Coastal Jersey Eye Center.
Along with the obvious improvement in the quality of life that comes with good vision, recent studies show that cataract surgery can dramatically increase lifespan.
Last Updated on Monday, November 11, 2013 03:24 pm
Mom to Mom: Get together with other moms and share your experiences 1-2 p.m. every Monday in the Jenkins Room at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point. Free. New moms are encouraged to bring their babies. Valet parking is available.
Physician Referral Service provides information about physicians including insurances accepted, office locations and hours, and educational background. Operated 24 hours a day by Shore Memorial Hospital. Call 653-4600 or visit www.shoredoctors.com.
Smoking Cessation Clinic provided by Shore Memorial Hospital’s QuitCenter offers counseling with our certified tobacco treatment specialists and information on nicotine replacement therapies. For an information packet call 653-3440.