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Wipe Out Listeria

Eating food contaminated with Listeria can make you very sick and for those with an immature or compromised  immune system, it can be fatal.  One very important way to stay healthy is to wipe down your kitchen cooking surfaces and refrigerator regularly.   Use warm soapy water to clean up any spills immediately so that Listeria has less of a chance to grow.   Sanitize your cooking surfaces, refrigerator, chopping boards, microwaves, high chairs, etc.

Listeria Infections (Listeriosis) By Linda Ratner RN

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria found in soil and water.  Unlike many other germs, Listeria can grow in the cold temperature of the refrigerator.  It can also be found in a variety of different foods such as raw milk products, fruits, vegetables, processed foods, meats and seafoods.

 

With the recent outbreak from contaminated cantaloupes here is some basic information that may be helpful.

 

Celebrate Playful, Healthy Learning with Five Helpful Tips

The Goddard School

The Goddard School located in San Antonio believes that the basis for healthy learning is providing all children with active, playful lifestyles enriched with good nutrition. From Monday, September 19th through Saturday, September 24th, 2011, the educational preschool will sponsor The Goddard School Block Party event in an effort to spread the word to families in their community.

Flu shots may be given to egg allergic patients!

Dr. Patricia Gomez-Dinger

‎20% of the US population comes down with the flu every year. That is why it is important to get your flu vaccine yearly. In the past, patients were told that if they had egg allergy then they could not receive a flu vaccine or they needed to be seen by an Allergist. Allergists have routinely done allergy testing for flu vaccine and followed a protocol for administering the flu shot to those patients with egg allergy.

Singing Happy Birthday Can Be Deadly.....

to your germs, that is.  Flu and cold season is upon us.  One of the best ways to stay healthy this season is to wash your hands properly.  The CDC urges kids and adults to wash their hands before eating, and after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing, and touching animals or trash.  

 

Be Cool By Evan Ratner MD

Dr. Evan Ratner

A quick reminder about the extreme heat that is forecast for this weekend. Hydration is an all day pursuit, it is important to start drinking before you are outside, while you are outside, and after you go back inside. It is almost impossible to keep up if you are hydrating only while outside.  If you have to be outside, than  take frequent breaks to go into a cooled environment. Even 20 minutes at a stretch can help to keep your core temperature from getting too high.

Concussion Testing

Recent advances in the recognition and management of head injuries and concussions in student athletes are dramatic.  There is plenty of media coverage communicating the importance that the scientific evidence supports in regards to the necessity for better screening and management of concussions in our young athletes.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), recommends that all athletes receive a baseline test prior to participating in any high risk athletic activity.

 

Pet Allergies

70% of US households have pets. 10 million pet owners, both adults and children, are allergic to their dog or cat and have to be extra careful around their furry friends. The presence of allergic dander in cats and dogs, contrary to popular belief, is not affected by the length of hair or fur, and their are truly no "hypoallergenic breeds". If you have a pet allergy and don't want to give up your pet, I can help! Click on this link to schedule an appointment with a Board Certified Allergist!

RE: It's time to see an ALLERGIST!

If you have been suffering with allergy symptoms throughout the year, but are feeling better and are off antihistamines....NOW is the time to get in to get allergy tested!!! Let's find out what is causing your symptoms and get your allergies under control BEFORE the bad allergy seasons are back!!!

Rotary promotes the love of reading

If you are like me, you grew up with parents that read to you. I remember as a child, my dad reading Dr. Seuss with me on the family couch.

Truthfully, my father did not enjoy reading. Yet, he knew its value. Through his simple appreciation of the value of literacy, he passed onto me the joy of reading.

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