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Drivers:  Tips on Staying Healthy During a Road Trip

For many of us, there’s something incredibly alluring about packing up the car and hitting the road. In a recent blog post titled “Traveling abroad this summer? Let’s talk travel medicine,” Rapid Med shared advice on ensuring that you and your family members are well-prepared on the healthcare front when planning a trip abroad. Now we’d like to share some tips for staying healthy when ...

The Physical and Emotional Health Benefits of Having a Pet

It’s estimated that 65% of American households own a pet, with cats and dogs being the favorites in the four-legged category. The emotional bond that develops between a pet and “its people” can be so strong that most owners consider their pet to be a member of the family. Various studies and research conducted over the past several years continue to reinforce the finding that having a pet ...

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 23, 2016

Gentlemen, we’re talking to you too. This statement from the American Academy of Dermatology should get everyone’s attention:  “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one person dies from melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — every hour.” Every hour. Sobering, to say the least. While there has been a plethora of ...

Urgent Care Facility or Freestanding Emergency Room?

Recent legislature has addressed the financial confusion; Rapid Med addresses which facility to choose. Sometimes surprises are good. Fun. Welcome. And sometimes they’re none of those things, as is the case when a patient receives a bill that’s almost ten times what they had anticipated because they mistakenly went to a freestanding emergency room (ER) instead of an urgent care facility. ...

Traveling abroad this summer? Let’s talk Travel Medicine

Whether you’re headed to the rainforest of Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica or Kruger National Park in South Africa, you don’t want to have your trip interrupted or ruined by a preventable illness. If upcoming travel plans take you abroad, make sure you and your family are prepared before you go. See your healthcare provider four to six weeks before your trip to discuss your destination and ...

Concussion Recovery: Coaches, Teachers, and Parents Need to Be on the Same Team

February 18, 2016

Concussion Recovery:  Coaches, Teachers, and Parents Need to Be on the Same Team   How we can relieve the stress and anxiety of our student athletes In many locales including our own, academic competition is fierce, so when prescribing a brief time of what I would term “structured cognitive rest”, anxiety levels can be high. It’s necessary to advise a student athlete to limit not ...

Still Talkin’ About It: The Flu

In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of getting a flu shot or nasal spray as well as ways to help prevent getting the virus in the first place. Now let’s talk about the flu vaccine and antiviral medications if you do indeed, despite your best efforts, get the flu. Who should get a flu shot? Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine, especially those people ...

Influenza Update – General and Local Perspective

There is much to be said about the flu, and each passing year there seems to be new quirks to this commonly and underestimated virus. I wish to very briefly discuss our takes on the flu in broad terms and then add some local and personal perspectives on prevention and management of the more severe type A Influenza. Influenza has an interesting life cycle and it's ability to mutate innately and ...

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