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Akron General Center for Family Medicine
Volume IV, Issue 2
In This Issue:

The Director's Corner
Faculty Focus
Resident Talk
For Your Health
Pharmacy News
Family Matters

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Director's Corner

The Director's Corner

Summer is the time when we say goodbye to graduating residents and welcome the new incoming doctors.

JoAnn Francisco, MD, plans to work for a short time on a Native American reservation in Chinle, Arizona and then accept a position in Horowhenua, New Zealand. She has a strong interest in International Health.

Adrienne Hester, MD, has joined Fairlawn Family Practice and will start seeing patients there July 15. She will be doing a wide range of outpatient family medicine and continue to follow patients that need hospitalization at Akron General.

Varsha Songara, MD, will be finishing later in the fall. Dr Songara is considering several practice options in the area.

Minh-Ha Hoang, DO, will be moving back to her hometown, San Jose, California to continue her training in a Primary Care Sport Medicine Fellowship.

Nina Thalody, MD, will be working as a hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii. Lucky Dr Thalody!

Mehreen Fatima, MD, is considering several practice options in Ohio and plans to focus on outpatient medicine.

We feel very fortunate to have had these outstanding doctors with us these last three years and wish them the best.

Jeff Peiffer, DO, has just finished his Sports Medicine Fellowship through Akron Children’s Hospital and has joined Partners Physician Group (PPG). He will practice Family Medicine at Green Family Practice and Sports Medicine at Northeast Ohio Orthopedic Associates. He will no longer see patients at CFM but will assist in teaching.

We are also excited about our incoming doctors who are:

Dr. Thomas Giguiere from Ross University
Dr. Amna Naqvi from Dow Medical College
Dr. Katharina Schmalstieg from George-August Gottingen Medical School
Dr. Chanchal Suthar from Government Medical College Aurangabad
Dr. Thomas Wolski from Lake Erie College of Medicine

As always, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to provide high quality medical care for you and your family and at the same time assist these new doctors in preparing for practice.

    Healthily Yours,

    Elliot B. Davidson, MD,
    Director, Center for Family Medicine

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    Faculty Focus

    Summer Fun
    By Phil Moser, CRNP

    With summer here, remember to protect your skin from the sun, biting insects, and poisonous plants.

    • Let us start with the sun. Yep, it is hot out there, but our skin does not need to be over exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Always use sun block and always check the need to re-apply if in the sunlight for long periods or if you are enjoying a swim.

    • Bugs are biting. Remember the bug spray, but make sure it is kid safe and non-deet containing and wear clothes that will protect exposed skin in the evening to decrease the bites.

    • Plants may cause an itch. So watch out, be aware of poison ivy, oak, and sumac. If you are going into the thick of it, try to break every hour and wash exposed skin areas with a de-greasing soap. This will help wash off the plant oil which is the cause of the itch.

    Have fun, take precautions, and be safe!

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    Resident Talk

    How Adults Can Keep Bones Healthy
    By Minh-Ha Hoang, DO

    Good bone health is important in both men and women! Keeping your adult bones strong and healthy helps to prevent you from developing osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and can break more easily. Osteoporosis can happen in both men and women. In fact, one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

    So what can you do to keep your bones strong?

    • Calcium – Adults under the age of 50 need 1,000 milligrams (mg) per day. Adults over the age of 50 need 1,200 mg per day for good bone health.

    • Vitamin D – Adults under the age of 50 need 400-800 International Units (IU) per day. Adults over the age of 50 need 800-1,000 IU per day. Two types of vitamin D exist: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Recent studies show they are equally good for bone health.

    • Do regular weight-bearing exercise (meaning most days of the week). Examples of weight-bearing exercises are running, walking, dancing, aerobics, stair-climbing, and jumping rope. Swimming, biking, and deep-water walking are not considered weight-bearing exercises.

    • Avoid excess alcohol and smoking.

    • Prevent Falls – check your house for loose rugs or things that are easy to trip on and move them out of the way.
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    For Your Health

    Go Green at the Farmers Markets
    By Luann Beavers-Willis, MSN, RN Education Coordinator

    Looking for fresh, locally grown produce for your summer weekend cookout or a local, homemade gift for a friend? Starting June 19 through September 18 Akron General is offering a Farmers Market every Tuesday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center-West, 4125 Medina Rd. This market will feature fresh, high quality produce, honey, herbs, baked goods, plants and flowers from Ohio-based farms and businesses.

    Eating local food is a delicious and healthy way to support the environment and the local economy. Did you know, before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! In fact, only about 10% of the fossil fuel energy used in the world’s food system is used for production. The other 90% goes into packaging, transportation, and marketing of the food. At the Farmer's Market, the produce has been picked at the peak of the season and has not traveled far.

    Healthy shopping can be fun. Try to shop by color and purchase a rainbow of colors.

    Talk to the farmers and ask them for cooking and preparation tips. Involve your children, give them a couple bucks to buy what they want, they may surprise you and pick out items you would not think they would normally eat.

    Bring your reusable shopping bags and start buying healthy!

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    Pharmacy News

    Hepatitis B - What You Need to Know
    Rubbiya Bhatti, MD

    Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus (Hepatitis B virus) that attacks the liver. This virus can be spread by contact with an infected person's blood, semen, and other body fluids. It can also be spread through sexual contact, sharing needles to inject drugs, toothbrushes and razors, and even from an infected mother to her newborn.

    Once infected with the virus, symptoms can include loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, yellow skin and eyes, stomachaches and pain in muscles and joints. Some people can develop a life long illness that can cause liver damage, cancer and death. They can spread the virus to others, even if they do not look or feel sick.

    All this is preventable by getting the HepB vaccine. The government began routine vaccination of all newborns in 1991, but people born before this year are usually not vaccinated. The vaccine is recommended for all infants, older children and adolescents as well as all adults at risk for the infection. These include:

    • People who have had more than one sex partner
    • Sex partners of people infected with hepatitis B
    • Men who have sex with men
    • People who inject street drugs
    • People with chronic liver or kidney disease
    • People under 60 years of age with diabetes
    • People with jobs that expose them to human blood or other body fluids

    Talk to your Family Medicine physician about your vaccination status at your next visit.

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    Family Matters

    Embracing a Healthy Life
    By Jane Freeman, LISW, Director of Behavioral Science

    Here at the Center for Family Medicine, we strive to care for the whole family. Our resident physicians receive training to understand the patient in the context of his/her family, in order to provide better care to the patient as well as to address the needs of the family.

    So how do we define family? Very simply, a patient's family is whoever the patient tells us his/her family is. Not infrequently, family members are four footed and furry. Having the feeling that we matter to another living being is good for our health. Even having a garden to tend can give us a reason to get up each day.

    Family members matter because they are important factors in influencing our health behaviors. If we live with others who exercise, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and do not smoke, we are likely to have similar behaviors.

    If we tend to have unhealthy eating patterns or struggle with nicotine addiction and have family members who have similar behaviors then it may be helpful to have our family members join us on our visit to the doctor.

    Here at the Center for Family Medicine we have a team of professionals who can offer health counseling to you and your family on everything from dietary counseling, to smoking cessation and developing an exercise plan. Family members are often our best motivators, and that includes our family dog who may “hound” us to take him for a walk!

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    Date Updated: 02-JUL-2012

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