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Get The Skinny On Skinny Bones!

 

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DID YOU KNOW…

More than 40 million Americans already have osteoporosis
or are at high risk due to LOW bone mass
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Well, it’s true! In fact, the United States has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world!
Isn’t it time you get the skinny on skinny bones? Join us Monday, September 30th at Pullman Regional Hospital (conference rooms C/D) for a presentation at noon about Osteoporosis. This presentation will be provided by Dr. Stephanie Fosback, a board certified internist and primary care provider at Palouse Medical. Everyone is welcome to attend this free presentation!

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Flu Shot Clinic

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Our 2013 Flu Clinic Hours

Join us the last week of October and get your annual flu shot! No appointment necessary, so find a day and time that works for you and we will be happy to help you get your annual flu shot. Our hours will be as follows:

  • October 28th     — 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • October 29th     — 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • October 30st     — 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • October 31st     — 8:00am – 5:00pm             (closing early on Halloween)
  • November 1st    — 8:00am – 7:00pm

Stay Protected From The Flu

Did you know that the seasonal influenza vaccination is the most important way to prevent and reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or transmitting it to others? According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), receiving this annual vaccine annually is our best form of defense to stay protected.

 

Want To Know What To Do About The Flu?

You are not alone! While there are many resources available that can advise you and provide tips and tricks on how to avoid the flu, one of the sites that we highly recommend is FLU.GOV. We feel that this site seems to have answers to most any question you could have about influenza. If you have questions, we encourage you to visit their website and learn more about what you can do to stay healthy and strong this flu season.

Answers To Some FAQ’s Found On FLU.GOV

Click on the questions below to expand and reveal the answer. These are just a few of the frequently asked questions regarding seasonal influenza that can be found on FLU.GOV:

1. What Is The Seasonal Flu?

Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death.

  • Flu season typically peaks in January or February.
  • Getting the flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu.
  • Flu-related complications include pneumonia and dehydration.
  • Illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks.

2. When is flu season?

In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.

3. How does seasonal flu spread?

Most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.

4. Who is at risk?

Some groups are more likely to experience complications from the seasonal flu, including:

5. What are common complications from the seasonal flu?

Each year approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications.  Some complications from the flu include:

 

Would you like to read more? To see answers to all the posted questions and gain access to more information, please follow this link to the seasonal influenza page of FLU.GOV.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Palouse Medical Is Upgrading Their Phone System!

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Announcing Provider Departure: Kim Forthofer, ARNP

It Is With Great Sadness That We Announce Kim Forthofer’s Departure!

While Kim will be greatly missed, we also understand that this decision is one that will be best for our dear colleague and her growing family. We are very grateful for outstanding care she has provided to our patients. We  hope that you will join us in wishing her  your very best in all her upcoming endeavors.

Please remember that our staff is ready to answer your questions and provide assistance as you make your next appointment. As always, we are honored to be your health partner!

Sincerely,
The Providers & Staff of Palouse Medical

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February Is Heart Health Month

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It is never too early to start heart health education. Keep your child and family healthy with regular visits to your primary care provider.

 

Message From Our Office:

 

Heart disease in women can be difficult to detect, but it is much easier to prevent. Get the facts, talk to your primary care provider, and ‘GO RED‘ for women and heart health!”

Dr. Jaime Bowman
Palouse Medical

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Heart Disease Is The #1 Killer Amongst Women

According to the American Heart Association, only 1 in 5 American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. Wow, what a startling statistic!

The truth is, women are less likely to call 911 when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack themselves. It simply doesn’t occur to them to do so and with the bulk of media attention on the disease being focused on men, isn’t it time to remind everyone just how important heart health is to us all!

Here are some more facts to share….

  • Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.
  • 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women’s survival continues to widen.
  • The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood.
  • While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease.

Expand To Learn What Causes Heart Disease

Heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. Numerous problems can result from this, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis, a condition that develops when plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

But it doesn’t end there. Heart disease can take many other forms as well:

  • Heart failure or congestive heart failure, which means that the heart is still working, but it isn’t pumping blood as well as it should, or getting enough oxygen.
  • Arrhythmia or an abnormal rhythm of the heart, which means the heart is either beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. This can affect how well the heart is functioning and whether or not the heart is able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
  • Heart valve problems can lead to the heart not opening enough to allow proper blood flow. Sometimes the heart valves don’t close and blood leaks through, or the valve leaflets bulge or prolapse into the upper chamber, causing blood to flow backward through them.

Click To Learn How You Can Prevent Heart Disease

Many things can put you at risk for these problems – one’s you can control, and others that you can’t. But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Here are a few lifestyle changes you should make:

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Go Red Sticker

What’s with all the hype about GO RED?

In 2003, the American Heart Association faced a challenge; Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel these myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness of this critical issue. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.

One year later, in 2004, the AHA also created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health as well as band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and use the tools that that Go Red For Women provides to take action to reduce their personal risk.

Palouse Medical Takes Heart Health Seriously!

That is why we are GOING RED all month long! We want to help make a difference and spread the word that it is time to focus on the solution. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to follow our advocacy efforts and share what makes you want to live heart healthy.  JOIN WITH US!

Referenced: American Heart Association. Also known as the Heart Fund. TM   Go Red trademark of AHA, Red Dress trademark of DHHS.

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ReadyCare Returns To Regular Hours

 

We’re Back!

As of May 1st, 2012, ReadyCare has returned to our regularly scheduled clinic hours.

Thank you for your patience.

Our ReadyCare Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday     Noon – 4:00pm

 

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Main Office: 509-332-2517
ReadyCare: 509-332-8847

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