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Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP-C, treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in cardiac care. 

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Oh my Heart!

With a new little one, the tests, forms and information are abundant. Family Practice with Obstetrics Physician Dr. Shawn Richmond knows this all too well! One test that all of his little patients receive is a pulse oximetry to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Sounds big but it’s actually quite small. The test uses little sticky monitors (think of a band-aid), that are applied to a baby’s foot and hand. Don’t worry, this test is totally painless, but provides insight on their health, often before any signs and symptoms could be noticed. Pretty neat huh?

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Published Feb 23, 2017

Shake Those Hips!

When it comes to your body, aches and pains can really throw you for a loop! One common complaint is hip, knee and shoulder pain, at least in MHP Orthopaedic Surgeon Sreedhar Somisetty, MD’s, office! Some may think replacing those joints will fix all; however, Dr. Somisetty likes to remind patients that it’s not a race to the finish line and taking baby steps will get you on the road to recovery!

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Published Feb 16, 2017

MHP Encourages Sun Safety

MHP Encourages Sun Safety

With hot, summer weather comes a new set of safety precautions everyone should recognize in order to maintain healthy skin and reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

MHP Nurse Practitioner Lisa Nelson says, “It’s natural to want to be outside enjoying summer activities,” Nelson said. “For this reason, it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to prevent long-term damage to your skin.”

UV rays from the sun are known for causing sunburns, cataracts, immune system damage and skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, most UV rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough of these rays pass through to cause serious skin damage.

Nelson recommends that people look for a sun block that states it has “broad spectrum” protection or blocks both UVA and UVB. Other important tips include:

  • Buy a new sun block tube every summer. Never use sun block from last year. Sun block loses its protective qualities after nine months. If you keep your sun block in a car, boat or in the heat, it loses is protective qualities in three months.
  • The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends you wear an SPF of 15 when spending small amounts of time outside: jogging, walking, shopping and driving your vehicle.
  • Wear a higher SPF when you are outside for prolonged amounts of time: boating, swimming, sporting events, mowing the yard and gardening.

Other general sun safety tips include:

  • Apply sun block every two hours.
  • An adult wearing a swim suit needs to apply about an ounce of sun block to be fully protected. A child needs to apply an amount equal the size of two quarters.
  • Be sure to cover often-missed areas such as ears, lips, around the eyes, hair lines or scalp, necks, hands and feet.
  • Wear UV blocking sunglasses to protect the thin tissue on your eyelids. Children also need to wear sunglasses.
  • Broad-rimmed hats and tightly woven clothing are great when gardening or doing yard work.
  • Try to avoid the strongest rays of the day (between 10 am and 4 pm). If you are unable to avoid them, apply sunscreen as often as possible or every two hours.
  • Always have babies and infants in shaded areas or completely out of the sun

Nelson suggests that if you must get that bronze, summer glow, consider alternatives to sun tanning such as bronzing lotions or spray tanning. “Indoor tanning lamps can be just as dangerous as natural UV rays,” Nelson stressed, “You’re better off playing it safe with these sunless options.”