April 26, 2012
Molina Healthcare is always encouraging patients to go to their regular check-ups and take their children to well-child exams, but just showing up is not enough! It...
Molina Healthcare is always encouraging patients to go to their regular check-ups and take their children to well-child exams, but just showing up is not enough! It is important to be prepared. We all know how busy our doctors are, and so when they quickly ask, "Do you have any questions?" it is important to have thought through any concerns beforehand. Here are a few tips to be prepared and make the most of your appointments!
Before the appointment
During the appointment
After the appointment
April 11, 2012
Michael M. Siegel, MD
Children / Immunizations / Whooping Cough
We continue to hear about whooping cough (also known as pertussis) and the dangers of the disease. Outbreaks of the infection continue to occur across the county...
We continue to hear about whooping cough (also known as pertussis) and the dangers of the disease. Outbreaks of the infection continue to occur across the county throughout the year; most recently, the state of Washington has reached epidemic levels of whooping cough cases with over 640 cases so far this year. To put this in perspective, during the same period last year, there were just 94 cases in that state.
Whooping cough is particularly dangerous for babies under a year of age and especially for those infants too young to get the vaccine. Many adults don’t realize that it is also important for themselves to get vaccinated. The best way to protect an infant is to build a cocoon around them, meaning the adults and children who are most often in contact with the baby are all vaccinated to reduce the child’s risk of contracting whooping cough.
If you needed more motivation to get your whooping cough vaccine, consider the fact that the disease can last up to 3 months and lead to hospitalization, most commonly in children under a year of age. We’d all like to avoid that, right? So, if you haven’t already, please go get your whooping cough vaccine. If not for your own ribs, do it for the babies!
The Centers for Disease Control is a great resource for further information.
April 05, 2012
Michael M. Siegel, MD
Did you know that a majority of Americans consume nearly two to three times the recommended daily salt intake? This has become a significant health issue which has...
Did you know that a majority of Americans consume nearly two to three times the recommended daily salt intake? This has become a significant health issue which has lead to rising cases of hypertension – a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. While many of us sprinkle a little salt on our food to give it extra flavor, the real culprits are processed foods and food prepared in restaurants where the salt is hidden to the naked eye.
Take, for example, a package of dehydrated onion soup mix. It comes in at a whopping 3,132 milligrams of sodium, but it is not something most people consider to be particularly unhealthy. Other items to look out for include processed cheeses, hot dogs, bacon, lunch meat, frozen meals, sauce and gravy mixes.
Less is usually best, so pay attention to nutrition labels. Consider that dietary guidelines recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day– that is about one teaspoonful. More and more restaurants are including nutrition information on their menus, so be sure to look at the sodium levels in addition to calories and fat.
Of course, our bodies do need salt to function normally, but only a tiny amount. If you keep track of your salt intake, you heart and blood pressure will benefit – an important note if you're age 51 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.