Health Links & Resources

Apex Medical Group Resources

Below you will find information regarding various treatments & diseases, as well as important websites that provide valuable information. Click on the links provided if you would like more information regarding any of these topics.

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The CDC provides a wealth of information regarding diseases, injuries, disabilities & prevention of these. Simply find what you are looking for through their alphabet or use the search box for a more direct approach.

California Poison Control (CPC)

The CPC offers a 24 hour/7 days a week/365 days a year service to answer phone calls regarding immediate, free & expert treatment advice & referral in case of exposure to toxic or poisonous items.  They also have a free IPhone app called Choose your Poison.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The ADA helps provide up to date information regarding Diabetes treatment programs, information & aid in coping with it. If you think you may have Diabetes, here is a reference for the symptoms for both Type 1 & Type 2. In short Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high glucose levels that results in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is an American government agency within the US Department of Health & Human Services. The FDA is responsible for the public health by assuring food, drugs, vaccines, biological products & medical devices are safe for human use; regulate tobacco products, as well as assuring products are properly labeled & safe. If you have questions regarding the safety of a product or food, check this site to see if it is FDA approved prior to ingesting or using the item.

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy is an examination of the inside of the gullet, stomach & duodenum. It is performed by using a thin, flexible fiber optic instrument that is passed through the mouth & allows the doctor to see whether there is any damage to the lining of the gullet or stomach, & whether there are any ulcers in the stomach or duodenum. The procedure is painless & done under no to light sedatives. The patient will not be able to drive or operate machinery for the rest of the day. For more information, please click here.

Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a virus that causes diarrhea (sometimes severe), mostly in babies and young children. It is often accompanied by vomiting and fever and can lead to dehydration.  Rotavirus is not the only cause of diarrhea, but it is one of the most serious. The best was to protect your baby from the rotavirus disease is with a rotavirus vaccine.

The vaccine is an oral (swallowed) vaccine, not an injection. This vaccine will not prevent diarrhea or vomitting cause by other germs, though will from the rotavirus including the severe form. The vaccine is given in either 2 or 3 doses; your provider can tell you which brand you’ll be receiving & length of doses. Babies may become irritable, have temporary, mild diarrhea or vomiting after getting the vaccine.

If your baby has severe (life threatening) allergic reaction to a dose of rotavirus vaccine, they should not get another dose; please notify your pediatrician immediately. Also, babies with severe  combined immunodeficiency should not receive the vaccine.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

The IAC works to increase immunizations rates & prevent disease by creating & distributing educational materials for the public that enhance the delivery of safe & effective immunization services. They help facilitate communication about safety, efficacy & use of vaccines within the community. For more information, click here.

A Look at Each Vaccine

Below you will find a list of vaccines most commonly issued to children & adults, along with what the vaccines help prevent against.
        – DTaP and Tdap (includes vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
        – MMR (includes vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella)
        – KINRIX (includes vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio)
        – PENTACEL (includes vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio    andHaemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

For more information on other vaccines, click here.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Helps to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousand types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. They provide the most up to date information on recalls for consumer products. For more information, click here.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

The AAFA provides information regarding the education, tools, research & advocacy of asthma & allergic diseases.  People with asthma or allergic diseases can lead happy & healthy lives, with the proper knowledge & treatments.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

The FAAN was established to provide education & support to those in need of help with the management of food allergies. The site provides a wealth of information, programs & resources related to food allergies & anaphylaxis.

Osteopenia

Osteopenia is a condition caused by losing density in your bones, which means your bones are thinning. This is not the same as Osteoporosis, which is when your bones have become porous. Osteopenia means that you haven’t had as much bone loss as someone with Osteoporosis, though it is still a serious diagnosis. If the bone loss continues, it will eventually become Osteoporosis. Osteopenia isn’t something that’s found worldwide, though predominately found among those with a “Westernized” diet – with such habits as smoking, caffeine intake, stress, alcohol abuse, little physical labor, excessive protein intake or taking over the counter remedies. There are other factors that also contribute towards Osteopenia such as genetics, chronic dehydration or medical conditions. Treatment plans are available to help slow down the bone loss. The first step is to obtain a DEXA scan – a bone density scan, which is offered at Apex; from this scan a treatment plan can be issued by your provider.  For more information, click here.

 

 

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