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Friday, September 14, 2018

Why is it important to receive an annual physical, even when you feel well?

Dr. Junaid Munshi explains the importance of preventative care.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Beyond the basics: BJC Medical Group gets to the heart of cardiovascular health

By Christine Testa, ANP

You probably know the basics of heart health already.

But do you know the specifics? Are there special heart risks for women? What does sugar have to do with your heart?

Christine Testa, ANP, cares for patients at the BJC Medical Group's Heart Care Group at Christian Hospital. She’s passionate about helping patients achieve the best cardiovascular health possible. For National Heart Month, BJC TODAY asked her some questions about heart health. Here are her answers.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

CDC Recommendations for Shingrix

By Tammy Bartholomew, DNP

Shingrix is the new shingles vaccination.  The CDC is now recommending Shingrix instead of Zostavax.  Recommendations for administration of Shingrix are two doses separated by 2-6 months.  Healthy adults ages 50 and greater are the population that should be immunized.  Shingrix is NOT a live vaccination, so it can be used in a wider range of patient population.  Shingrix has been shown to be >90% effective at protecting against shingles and post herpetic neuralgia when both doses are administered.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Zika and Your Spring Break Plans

By Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain, an Ob/Gyn at West End Ob/Gyn

With the winter holidays behind us and this exceptionally cold winter, many of us have our eyes on a sunny beach for spring break.  The media reports decreased concerns for Zika infection and less stringent testing guidelines for pregnant women and couples trying to conceive.  This reflects a decrease in the incidence of Zika in the Americas and an evolving understanding of the infection.  Although certainly a relief for many women and families, it is not a ‘free and clear’ for all couples to spend their spring break vacation on any sunny beach.

The CDC makes it easy to see where there are risks of Zika infection with this color coded map.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions: How to choose a goal and stick to it

By Maria Walls, ANP-C, CDE

With 2018 right around the corner, we can take this time to reflect on 2017 and brainstorm changes we want to make in the New Year. Resolutions actually started during the Roman times around 153BC. The Roman God Janus had two faces: one that looked back at the previous year and one that looked forward. The New Year was a time to look forward into the New Year and forgive enemies for trouble in the past. 

In the present, it’s a great time to make resolutions that benefit our health! We tend to be more motivated in the New Year. The question is how do we stay committed to these goals?  That’s the difficult part, but there are certain things you can do to help yourself succeed. 

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