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Blood Pressure by Dr. Jones

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure results from two forces. The heart creates one force as it pumps blood into the arteries and through the circulatory system. The other is the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow. The “top” systolic number […]

Flu Shots by Dr. Patterson

Flu season is among us.  We have been providing flu shots since the beginning of October. All flu vaccines now contain 3 different types of flu virus, including the swine flu.  The vaccine is recommended for almost everyone, including pregnant women and children down to 6 months. All people over the age of 9 should […]

Dry Skin and Eczema by Dr. Mitchell

Eczema is a common problem in children. As one of my medical school professors was prone to say, “it’s the itch that rashes.” Keeping the skin well-moisturized is the most important thing you can do to help prevent the itch as well as the spread of the rash. Creams and ointments are better than lotions […]

Carbon Monoxide Exposure by Dr. Dale

As the weather cools we are all beginning to use heaters of some kind. Beware that fuel powered heaters, ie kerosene, butane, etc burn with a poisonous gas by-product, carbon monoxide. You should know that this gas is both odorless and tasteless and will accumulate in a closed space, ie house, shed, car, without warning. […]

Mammograms save lives! by Dr. Richardson

Every year in Mississippi two thousand women are diagnosed with breast cancer and five hundred women die. Early detection saves lives. Screening mammograms are recommended annually for women ages thirty five years or older. Most mammograms are completely covered by insurance companies. Please call your primary care physician today to schedule your mammogram.

“Terrible Twos” by Dr. Mitchell

“Terrible twos” are typified by tantrums and may manifest before the age of two. Tantrums can be a normal stage of development in which children do not have the language to express themselves; thus, frustration, anger, or fatigue may lead to screaming and crying and even arm flailing and head banging. Ignoring the behavior is […]

The Common Cold by Dr. Mitchell

The “common cold” affects virtually all children. In fact, kids may get 8-10 colds a year with a normal immune system. Unfortunately, we have no cure for the common cold, but the body itself has amazing disease-fighting abilities that just need to be supported for your children to heal. Most colds will last 7-10 days […]

Healthy Living by Dr. Mitchell

Obesity in today’s children is an increasingly glaring problem in the MS Delta. Community efforts are needed as well as individual family commitments to eat healthy foods and engage physical activity.  The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates the 5-2-1-0 Rule as guidelines to keep children healthy. 5: Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and […]

Sunburn by Dr. Dale

Summer weather is upon us, and many of us want to engage in outdoor activities. Remember to use sunscreen on exposed skin surfaces, especially if you are fair skinned and prone to sunburn. The reason is two-fold. The obvious one is to prevent painful sunburn. The other is that unprotected skin may develop skin cancers […]

Children & Kindergarten, continued by Karen Matthews

This is my second post for those of you who have children starting Kindergarten in August.  Earlier on Tuesday, I included a few things child development experts suggest a child entering kindergarten should be able to accomplish.  This list is what health care professionals would recommend: Your child should be fully vaccinated.  Check with your local physician or […]

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