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The first day of fall did not disappoint — cooler temps have arrived along with the changing color of leaves. But do you know how cooler weather can affect your overall health?

Consider these three things when the weather gets cold:

  1. An increase in blood pressure. When the outdoor temperature drops, blood vessels tend to constrict in an effort to conserve body heat. That can make blood pressure increase a bit. If you’re healthy you might say, ‘no big deal.’ But, if you have hypertension, it might be something to monitor.

A 2015 study found up to a 31 percent increase in heart attacks in the coldest months of the year compared with the warmest.*

That’s why it’s a good idea to avoid sudden strenuous activities, like snow shoveling, if you have high blood pressure.

  1. You get thirstier — and so does your skin! Dry skin, “alligator legs,” and cracked lips are not just from dry heat.

It’s common to drink more water in the summer months when you feel the heat. But did you know you’re more likely to get dehydrated in the colder months? That’s because people tend to drink more hot coffee and tea (diuretics), which contribute to dry skin. So, make sure you keep up your water intake in the colder months.

  1. Dry air can make a cold or flu feel worse. That’s because dry air can worsen symptoms if you get a cold or the flu. Nasal passages tend to plug up more easily in winter months. When there is a lot more mucous, they can get irritated, especially in the back of your throat (post-nasal drip) and dry air only makes it feel worse.

Using a room humidifier can help add moisture back into the air. Make sure it is cleaned regularly.

Read more: Is it a cold or the flu?


Source: Seasonal Variations of Complete Blood Count and Inflammatory Biomarkers in the US Population – Analysis of NHANES Data Published November 6, 2015

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Each year from October 6-12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. New England Urgent Care is proud of its unique, emergency medicine-experienced PA staff who are all trained in Emergency Medicine.

Here’s a message from Dr. Gutman:

About 50 years ago a handful of Navy Corp Men, who had probably seen and treated more trauma than the vast majority of Physicians at the time, having returned from the battle fields of Vietnam, graduated as the Unites States first Physician Assistants. Forward looking Physicians of that day recognized the potential of taking Men and Women of the armed forces who had done battlefield medicine and training them further so that they could assist in what was then viewed and continues to be a crisis of shortage of Physician Generalists. The rest is history.

This thumbnail history reminds me very much of my own experience with battlefield medicine and for that matter Navy Corp Men. In 2003/4 I was deployed to Iraq and was assigned the dubious task of being Battalion Surgeon for Abu Ghraib prison. Were it not for the competence and sense of purpose that a dedicated group of Navy Corp Men whom I led at the time,we would not have been able to accomplish the daunting task of treating and maintaining the health of 1500 American Soldiers and Six thousand Iraqi Prisoners. We managed to do this under the austere and stressful environment of the battlefield were we were being mortared on a regular basis. It was a true privilege to serve alongside and lead these amazing people.

I believe it was my experience with the Navy Corp Men which truly opened my eyes to the potential of working with Personnel who had substantive medical training and real life experience yet were not Physicians. It was thus not a huge leap of faith when Yahel and I decided to delegate the most sacred responsibility we have for our patients care and welfare to what are euphemistically called Physicians’ Assistants.

Our faith as it turned out has not been misplaced. As I often tell anyone who wants to listen, the PA’s that are part of New England Urgent Care can run circles around most Internists and Family Physicians that I know. Like those whom I served with in Iraq, our PA’s are highly competent and deliver their care with a sense of purpose. Also, they come together as a team delivering exceptional care under sometimes stressful circumstances as evidenced by that 80 year old man whose life was saved two weeks ago by an amazing team of PA’s, RN’s, MA’s, X-ray Techs and Front Desk Personnel. It also is a very true honor and privilege to serve and lead such an august team in New England Urgent Care. Please make sure you show your appreciation to our wonderful and talented Physician Assistant team not just this week, but also year round.

With the Greatest Respect and Admiration,
Yahel and Michael

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Learn more about PAs at https://www.aapa.org/what-is-a-pa/

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Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death. Those at risk for serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems.

The best way to prevent or lessen the effects of the flu is to get vaccinated every year. In fact, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported study shows:

  • Getting a flu shot lessened the risk of severe influenza among adults;
  • Reduced the risk of hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU); and
  • Lessened the severity of illness.*

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

For the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season, vaccines have been updated to better combat the most common forms of the virus. Flu viruses are around all year, but most flu activity is at its peak between December and February. However, last season high activity lasted until May!

The best defense is offense — get your flu shot today.

* Source: Science Direct

For more information, read more about Influenza or visit the CDC website

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Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That’s not only dangerous it’s often tragic, which can lead to accidental poisoning, misuse, overdose, addiction and even death.

A 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that most of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from their medicine cabinet at home.

Now you can clean out your medicine cabinets and — safely and anonymously —turn in your unused or expired prescription drugs.

When you participate in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events you have an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

The next DEA Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. at your local Law Enforcement.

If you want to dispose of your medications before or after the next Take Back Day, you take your used medications to any year-round substance disposal location.

The Manchester, Connecticut Police Department has permanently installed a Prescription Drug Take Back Box in the lobby at 239 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester. The drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional information, call 860-645-5568. To find other year-round substance disposal locations, visit the DEA’s website: https://takebackday.dea.gov/