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How to Prevent Slips and Falls This Winter

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Columbus-Ohio – When the the temperature falls and the snow is on the ground, it’s a great time to be outside and enjoying all of the fun activities winter allows. At this time of year, everyone is looking forward to the holidays and a crisp fall breeze. Unfortunately, one of the unique challenges that winter presents can get in the way of relaxing holiday vacations. We’re talking about increased risk to your body that comes from an often invisible or hidden threat, ice! The good news is that there are precautions you can take to make sure you avoid leg, torso and head injuries. First, some background on the problem. Ice results from the freezing of liquid to a solid state under circumstances of cold and win, and temperatures under 32 degrees. It often lies in wait beneath a dusty of powdery snow or other material. One false or too confident step can easily result in a loss of traction and a fall. When you were young, you may have paid scant attention to ice, snow and a frozen surface. You could slide, and even fall down, without much more than a bounce and a brush of the snow. However, as people age, their bodies become more sensitive to injury from such incidents. Not only that, there is a certain level of responsibility in adult life, such as lost work time, quality of life, that can not so easily be brushed aside. In the Central Ohio climate, these are real threats. Even without snow, a late fall ice patch is certainly possible. “As the calendar moves into November and December, we see many more of these injuries. In particular, we see an increase in head injuries, ankle, feet and leg injuries. Further, we often see wrist injuries from attempts to stem the fall!”, notes Marc Pesa of Scioto Urgent Care of Northwest Columbus. How can these injuries be prevented? Well, luckily the solutions are well known. The first option is avoidance. If you see an ice patch, don’t risk it. If you see an area that has snow, but no visible ice, assume ice is present and proceed accordingly. If you can not avoid it, proceed slowly with short steps and deliberately with the required caution. If you are a winter scenario, one of the key things to remember is that footwear can save you in many cases. Wear shoes with proper tread and grip, and you will be in a safer situation. If you find yourself in a situation where the fall is unavoidable and in progress, there are steps you can take to have the fall result in minimal injury. If you are falling, believe it or not there are steps you can take to fall “the right way.” On your way down, protect your head and avoid locking your legs or arms in a stiff position, as an impact with limbs in such a position causes increased pain. If you are falling, protecting your head and staying loose, the final step to remember is to remember to fall on your side. As the fall is progressing, try to transition into a tuck and roll to spread the force of the impact over a larger area. After falling, make sure to take your time rising to your feet on a surface with traction. If you have taken all of these precautions, you can substantially reduce your risk of injury resulting from slips/falls. If you suffer an injury that does not recede, please stop by a Scioto Urgent Care location to get your condition evaluated. “If detected and diagnosed in a timely fashion, recovery times can be shortened and un-neccesary pain can be avoided.”, says Dr. Pesa.

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About Scioto Urgent Care Scioto Urgent Care is one of central Ohio’s leading urgent care facilities. Located on the Northwest side of Columbus (near Dublin & Upper Arlington) the urgent care center has been treating patients since early 2004. Scioto Urgent Care is a convenient health care alternative when your regular family physician is closed or you can’t get a timely appointment. The Northwest Columbus urgent care location is open everyday, including weekends and holidays. You do not need to be a regular Scioto Urgent Care health care patient to enjoy our convenience and medical care. No appointment is necessary. Just walk in and receive care when you need it most.    

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  Media Contact: Scioto Urgent Care 4760 Sawmill Road Columbus, OH 43235 United States of America Phone: (614) 789-9464 Fax: (614) – 789-9575

Back to School Means Reminders on Handwashing

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handwashing-banner1 Kids are notorious for their ability to (unwittingly) transmit germs at school. One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is so simple. Proper handwashing! It not only prevents sickness from affecting your child, but you too! Check out this great guide from the CDC: Go to CDC Tips “Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.”

“Can I Eat This?” The Truth About Expiration Date Meanings

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The first thing you should know is something that can be boiled down to one sentence. Expiration dates (with minimal exceptions) do not refer to the safety of a product at all. “Sell by” dates are primarily a dialogue between stores and manufacturers and producers. It refers to when an item is to be removed from shelves for reasons of quality control, not safety. That means, it’s not going to hurt you, but it’s a way the company can control for best taste. If you see “Best by”, it’s a similar message to you. It means that is the date at which taste quality begins to decline, not that it is unsafe. For more distinctions, read this great summary from WebMD. If you’re dealing with something like milk after the date, just take a small taste or look at the consistency. If it’s bad, throw it out. If it’s clearly still the same, don’t waste. Read More

Coca-Cola Funds Misleading Research About Obesity

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Shockingly, Coca-Cola has funded research that wants you to believe that drinking soda does not increase chances of obesity. The company funded institutions that try to shift blame for obesity from diet to a lack of exercise, which many health experts view as misleading. Proper, balanced diets with a reduction in calories (such as sugary sodas) is essential in combination with frequent exercise recommended. “Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, ‘Oh they’re eating too much, eating too much, eating too much’– blaming fast food, sugary drinks and so on,” the nonprofit’s vice president and scientist Steven N. Blair said in a video. “And there’s really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause.”Get the fully story here.

Depression as an Effect of Psoriasis?

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People with psoriasis may be twice as likely to experience depression as those without the common skin condition, regardless of its severity, a new study suggests. They say the link could sadly be associated with prolonged embarrassment and discomfort. It goes to show that the effects of certain conditions go well beyond their immediate symptoms. Learn more about this story, via Web MD.

Do you take supplements? If you do, are they effective?

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“These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.”

You have seen it so many times on a health supplement label and you may not even consider it anymore. One of the secrets of the supplement world is that they are loosely regulated, and if the language is correct, can make misleading claims. As long as the product “aids” or “supports” a specific function, they can be sold without much trouble. The problem is, some studies have shown that the levels of certain vitamins that claim to be in the product vary. Not only do they vary, the very efficacy of a vitamin or mineral is often questionable. They can have benefits for those who lack the vitamin in question, or have a medical necessity, but it is very important for consumers to really know what they are getting and the trustworthiness of the brand. What supplements do you take?