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November 16, 2019 CommunityEducation

Be Antibiotics Aware is a national effort to help fight antibiotic resistance and improve antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. In U.S. doctors’ offices and emergency departments, at least 47 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.

Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria. Like all drugs, they can be harmful and should only be used when necessary. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus can do more harm than good: you will still feel sick and the antibiotic could give you a skin rash, diarrhea, a yeast infection, or worse.

Antibiotics also give bacteria a chance to become more resistant to them. This can make future infections harder to treat. It means that antibiotics might not work when you really do need them. Becauseof this, it is important that you only use an antibiotic when it is necessary to treat your illness.

How can you help? When you have a cough, sore throat, or other illness, tell your doctor you only want an antibiotic if it is really necessary. If you are not prescribed an antibiotic, ask what you can do to feel better and get relief from your symptoms.

Your health is important to us. As your healthcare providers, we promise to provide the best possible treatment for your condition. If an antibiotic is not needed, we will explain this to you and will offer a treatment plan that will help. We are dedicated to prescribing antibiotics only when they are needed, and we will avoid giving you antibiotics when they might do more harm than good.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.


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October 29, 2019 Employment

1st Choice Healthcare is accepting applications through November 22, 2019, for Medical Receptionist in Corning.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Must have excellent customer service skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Computer/phone skills
  • Medical knowledge a plus!

You can apply online, or mail your letter of interest, resume, and references to:

1st Choice Healthcare
Attn: Human Resource Manager
PO BOX 83
Corning, AR 72422



August 21, 2019 Clinic News

  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the 1970s, the obesity rate among children has more than tripled. This means almost one in every five children and adolescents in the United States alone are overweight or obese. Obesity can have a significant impact on a child’s physical and emotional health, and children who are overweight have a greater tendency to remain obese throughout adulthood. Overweight adolescents are also more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases and diabetes at a young age.

  When children consume more calories from food and beverages than necessary for them to be able to function healthily, it can lead to excess weight gain over time. However, there are many different causes of childhood obesity beyond eating habits alone. Here’s more information about the most common causes of childhood obesity. 

  Children with parents who are also overweight may have an increased risk of becoming obese due to genetics or unhealthy learned behaviors. Parents who don’t eat healthy foods or get enough physical activity may be encouraging their children to repeat their patterns. While most parents have their children’s best interest at heart, they may fail to keep junk food and sugary drinks out of the home. Additionally, centering family time around the television can contribute to a child’s lack of physical activity.

  A child’s body weight may also be heavily influenced by genes as well. Children with certain inherited genes may gain weight more easily, and predispositions to some medical issues can also lead to childhood obesity. While weight issues may run in some families, not every child with a history of obesity in the family will end up being overweight.

 


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July 30, 2019 Clinic News

Childhood drowning and near-drowning can occur in a number of settings — pools, hot tubs, beaches, lakes, bathtubs, and buckets. Activities such as boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, and surfing are also associated with water-related injuries and fatalities. Most drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub. It can take only a couple of seconds for a child to drown, and drowning typically occurs when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision.
Every year in the U.S., 945 children under age 20 die from drowning.
Nearly half of them are infants and toddlers under age 5.
While White children account for more than half of these fatalities, American Indian/Alaska Native and Black children are significantly more likely to drown.
Laws and regulations enacted to address water safety often concentrate on swimming pool regulations and personal flotation device mandates. For example, the Virginia Graeme Baker Act requires anti-entrapment drain covers on pools and spas.
Environmental protections can protect children and youth from drowning. Swimming pools, including large, inflatable above-ground pools and other temporary pools, should be completely surrounded by a fence on all 4 sides.
The fence should:
be at least 4-feet high and have no opening under it or between slats that are more than 4 inches wide.
Completely separate the pool from the house.
Have a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool, with the latch at least 54 inches from the ground.
Keep the gate locked at all times and check it frequently to be sure it works. Keep toys out of the pool area when not in use so that children are not tempted to try to get through the fence during non-swim time. Also be sure to always cover and lock hot tubs, spas and whirlpools right after using them.


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June 7, 2019 Employment

1st Choice Healthcare is accepting applications through August 2, 2019, for Rad Tech/Lab Tech for Walnut Ridge.

This position is a member of the clinic health care team and works to provide timely and accurate on-site laboratory services.

The Lab/X-Ray Tech is responsible for maintaining laboratory and x-ray equipment, supplies, x-ray records, and procedures in accordance with OSHA, CLIA, and other applicable standards.

Qualifications

  • A graduate of an accredited school of radiology technology
  • Registered by the Registration Board for Radiology of the State of Arkansas or completion of an approved program of training for Medical Laboratory Technicians with limited x-ray license.
  • Previous laboratory experience a plus.

You can apply online, or mail your letter of interest, resume, and references to:

1st Choice Healthcare
Attn: Human Resource Manager
PO BOX 83
Corning, AR 72422


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September 28, 2018 Clinic News

To our patients with WellCare Insurance that are receiving letters from WellCare stating that your provider is no longer participating with them. We apologize for any inconvenience and distress this may be causing you. We are in the process of trying to figure out why a handful of our Doctors have been unexpectedly dropped as a participating provider within the WellCare computer system. Please take note that you do NOT have to change providers from whom you have been established with, no matter what the letter is stating to you.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the matter, you may contact our Credentialing Specialist, Becky Wells at 870-857-3334.


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1st Choice in Walnut Ridge is collecting school supplies throughout the month of July. This clinic plans to have a back to school blowout in August to distribute backpacks and supplies. This year their theme is “Fill ‘er up”. If you have anything you would like to donate, please bring and place it in the cardboard school bus located in the lobby of the Walnut Ridge clinic.


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June 25, 2018 Education

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia that causes mental deterioration and the loss of cognitive abilities.  It is a progressive disease where symptoms slowly worsen over time, eventually leading to the individual’s inability to respond to their environment.  In the US, there are more than 3 million cases of Alzheimer’s per year, and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death. While treatment can help those suffering, the disease cannot yet be cured.  Efforts are being made worldwide, not only to find better treatment options but to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Memory Loss: The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss.  In the beginning stages, it is typical for the individual to forget recently learned information.  As the disease progresses, it is common for old memories to begin to fade.

  2. Difficulty with Problem Solving: Some individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s may experience difficulties developing or following a plan.  It can become challenging to concentrate, and it may take the individual longer to complete tasks.

  3. Confusion: People with Alzheimer’s may lose track of time or forget dates.  They could have trouble remembering where they are and how they got there.

  4. Problems with Speaking: It may be difficult for a person with Alzheimer’s to join or follow a conversation.  They may struggle with remembering a name for something or call something by a different word completely.

  5. Changes in Personality:  The mood and personality of an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s can change.  They can be fearful or anxious in new places that are out of their comfort zone or even become upset around friends and family.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month.  Raising awareness is necessary to help find a cure for the devastating disease.  You can help join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by wearing purple or spreading the word through social media.  Spread awareness and change lives. For more information and to find other ways to contribute to the cause, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.


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June 19, 2018 Healthcare

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. If you have SCD, there is a problem with your hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. With SCD, the hemoglobin forms into stiff rods within the red blood cells. This changes the shape of the red blood cells. The cells are supposed to be disc-shaped, but this changes them into a crescent, or sickle, shape.

The sickle-shaped cells are not flexible and cannot change shape easily. Many of them burst apart as they move through your blood vessels. The sickle cells usually only last 10 to 20 days, instead of the normal 90 to 120 days. Your body may have trouble making enough new cells to replace the ones that you lost. Because of this, you may not have enough red blood cells. This is a condition called anemia, and it can make you feel tired.

The sickle-shaped cells can also stick to vessel walls, causing a blockage that slows or stops the flow of blood. When this happens, oxygen can’t reach nearby tissues. The lack of oxygen can cause attacks of sudden, severe pain, called pain crises. These attacks can occur without warning. If you get one, you might need to go to the hospital for treatment.

For more information, please visit the following resources:

 


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