Halloween is short for All Hallows’ Evening, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, and started as a Celtic tradition. According to “Halloween History,” they believed that on October 31st, the worlds of the living and of the dead overlapped and the deceased would cause havoc among the living. Bonfires were used for protection, masks and costumes were worn to mimic the deceased, and tricks were played if treats weren’t give.
This Halloween, we want to make sure your little monsters, witches, and superheroes are safe during their trick-or-treating. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics that can help make your Halloween a safe one:
Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Add reflective tape if needed. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, you should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items
Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
Unfortunately, even when all attempts for safety are made, accidents happen. If you need emergency care during your Halloween festivities, remember that Bingham Memorial Hospital offers 24 hour emergency care. All of us at Bingham Memorial Hospital wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Halloween.
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The warm air has given way to the cold, and it won’t be long before we see our first blanket snow. That means our days of camping, boating, and picnics are gone for the year. So, no more worrying about our skin, right? Wrong!
Summer has passed us by for the time being, but there are still many reasons to protect your skin. In fact, many aspects of winter can potentially pose a greater threat to your skin than in the summer.
Lower humidity in the winter, which is common for our area, means you’ll need to take particular care in keeping your skin moisturized. Dried out skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and the wind blowing only makes matters worse. You may have already begun feeling these effects as your lips seem more chapped than normal and your hands feel extra dry.
Cold winter temperatures also mean you’ll probably be turning up the heat in your home. No matter the type of heat you have at home or in the workplace, it will dry out your skin quickly. Our experts at the Bingham Dermatology Center, Dr. Adam Wray and Julia McGee, PA-C, recommend cream-based moisturizers rather than run-of-the-mill lotions. These will help penetrate the top layers of your skin and get down below the surface to actually moisturize and replenish your skin.
Although it’s cold outside, that doesn’t mean sunscreen doesn’t apply. In fact, during the winter months, the sun can reflect off the snow on the ground, giving you those UV rays from multiple angles. So if you’re spending any sort of time outdoors, make sure you’re applying sunscreen to avoid skin damage.
When it comes to keeping your skin safe and healthy, we’re always here to help. The Bingham Dermatology team is committed to being available as much as possible to meet your winter skin care needs. Don’t suffer through dry, cracked skin; if you’re worried about dry skin or other skin conditions, give the Bingham Dermatology Center a call at 782-2930 today!
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The American Cancer Society (ACS) has estimated that 296,980 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during 2013. However, the odds of dying from breast cancer have decreased to about 1 in 36. This decreasing death rate is largely thanks to earlier detection and improved treatment.
It is no secret that women spend much of their time caring for those around them. Unfortunately, many women forget to nurture their own healthcare needs. Every woman should make her own healthcare a priority, which includes regular breast- and reproductive-health exams.
The ACS recommends that women age 40 and older have a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year and that women in their 20s and 30s have a clinical breast exam at least every three years.
Bingham Memorial Hospital is committed to raising awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Two weeks ago, our annual Brake for Breakfast event educated thousands of women from around the region about early breast cancer detection and treatment.
At Bingham Memorial Hospital we also put you face-to-face with experts who can help you get the information and tools you need to make a difference in your health. Like Dr. Rebecca Gill, who specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer. She will be holding a free breast cancer seminar called “Think Pink” with a focus on detecting, preventing and treating breast cancer.
This free “Think Pink” seminar will be held Thursday, October 24th at 6 pm inside the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza across the street from the hospital. So, come enjoy a girl’s night out with your friends and family and learn more about the disease that affects thousands of women every year.
We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to get out with your friends and also receive education about your health. For more information or to register, visit MyFreeSeminar.org or call 782-2866.
As more and more people search for simple ways to lose weight and boost their overall health, super foods are taking the nation by storm. They are now being recognized as one of the simplest ways to lose weight, gain a good source of vitamins and minerals, and even prevent and reverse some medical conditions.
Super foods are also the topic of Bingham Memorial Hospital’s next free physician seminar. Join us on Thursday, October 17th at 6pm inside the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza for our free Super Foods Seminar, as Ricky Gardner, MD introduces affordable super foods, address questions, and shares how adding these super foods to your diet can improve your overall health in the simplest of ways.
Dr. Gardner offers both Family Medicine and Obstetric healthcare at Bingham Memorial Hospital and loves being able to educate all patients, regardless of age, about their overall health.
Not only will this free event educate you about different super foods, but Dr. Gardner will provide free tastings and recipes for you to take home!
Super foods, also known as “nutritional powerhouse foods,” are foods which contain high concentrations of crucial nutrients, but are low in calories. Simply adding super foods to meals, snacks, as substitutions to other ingredients has been proven to boost the body’s immune system, stabilize blood sugar levels, and decrease risks of diseases and different cancers.
While super foods have been shown to improve overall health, it is important to remember that they should not be used as substitutions for medications and should be combined with other aspects of fitness.
Want to know more about super foods and how to introduce them into your diet? You can register for the free Super Foods Seminar by calling 782-2866.
Last week, over 200 members of the community jump-started their health by receiving a free flu shot at our Physician Open House.
Getting your flu shot is not only about protecting your own health, it’s about protecting the hundreds of people you come in contact with on a regular basis. The more protected you are against the flu, the more protected the public will be as well.
While everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot, there are certain populations that are especially encouraged: women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant during flu season; children under 5 years and especially those between the ages of 6 months and 2 years; health care workers; those with chronic lung or heart disease; those who live in extended-care facilities or nursing homes; household contacts and caregivers of children under the age of 6 months, including breastfeeding women.
Some people should not be vaccinated without first talking to their doctor. The vaccine is not approved for people under 6 months of age. In general, you should not get a flu shot if you: have had a severe allergic reaction to chickens or egg protein; have a fever or illness that is more than “just a cold”; had a moderate to severe reaction after a previous flu vaccine. If you meet any of these, talk to your doctor before getting a flu shot.
Once you have received your flu shot, it takes your body about 2 weeks to build up an adequate immune response to the vaccine. However, if you become exposed to the flu, it may take only 2 to 4 days before you start having symptoms. So, it’s important that you get vaccinated early.
Flu shots are now available in Shelley at the Physicians and Surgeons Clinic of Shelley (357-3960), in Blackfoot at 1st Choice Urgent Care (782-2410) and on the second floor of the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza (785-3834), and in Pocatello at Portneuf Family Medicine (478-7900).
Please take just a few minutes and help protect yourself, your family and those around you this flu season by getting a flu shot. The cost for the flu shot is $20.
In less than a week it will be October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Bingham Memorial, we’re dedicated to making sure women not only have the most up-to-date healthcare, but all the information they need to be healthy throughout their lives.
That’s why we’re excited to hold our annual Brake for Breakfast event. This event draws thousands of women from across the region. Women on their way to work, out doing errands, or dropping their kids off at school can brake on Poplar Street, directly in front of the hospital, and receive free breakfast, information and gifts.
As you or your friends and family drive through the Brake for Breakfast stations, there will be three stops. Breakfast Junction will have an insulated bag full of breakfast treats for you to keep. At Information Way, our physicians will greet and hand out breast cancer information packets and tips. The final stop is Pink Place, where everyone will receive free pink gifts related to breast cancer awareness.
Here are some things you can do right now to help reduce your risk of breast cancer:
First, get your regular checkup. Bingham Memorial’s Radiology department encourages women to get a mammogram during the month of their birthday.
Second, get healthy. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and maintain a healthy weight. Also, stop smoking and limit your consumption of alcohol, both of which increase the likelihood of breast cancer.
Finally, relax. Spend time with family, meditate, do yoga, find a new hobby, or anything else that will help to reduce the stress in your life.
Join us as we celebrate good health and prevention on October 2nd from 7am to 9am. Make sure to tell your family and friends about this event as well. You never know, breakfast might just save a life.
It’s been an amazing year at Bingham Memorial Hospital! Since January, we have welcomed 14 new medical providers, created the Orthopedic Institute (the region’s largest and most experienced orthopedic team), restructured the Idaho Pain Group, added Pulmonology to our list of specialties, and much more.
With all the new faces and additions at Bingham Memorial Hospital, chances are, you haven’t had the opportunity to meet our new medical providers. We want our community to meet and get to know our new providers, and learn about the new services we offer.
That’s why Bingham Memorial hospital would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family to join us for our Physician Open House. The Open House will be held on Thursday, September 26th from 5-7pm inside the Bingham Memorial Medical Plaza.
If you have never attended a Bingham Memorial Hospital Open House before, it’s not an event to miss. In addition to meeting our new physicians, there will be product demonstrations, free flu shots, refreshments, live music, entertainment for all ages, money-saving coupons, and opportunities to win prizes (including a TV, iPad, iPad Mini, and much more).
We invite you to bring your friends and family to join us for this special event as we celebrate the newest additions to Bingham Memorial Hospital.Featuring: Craig Denny, MD, Psychiatry Ron Ellsworth, MD, Family Medicine & Obstetrics Travis Evans, NP, Family Medicine Ricky Gardner, MD, Family Medicine & Obstetrics Jonathan Godfrey, MD, Gastroenterology Mary Himmler, MD, Physical Medicine Jared Kam, MD, Family & Sports Medicine Prashanth Manjunath, MD, Pain Medicine Kenneth Newhouse, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon Jason Reid, MD, Internal Medicine Nathan Richardson, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon David Shrader, MD, Pulmonology Jared Wagner, MD, Pain Medicine John Whiting, MD, Vascular Care
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of your body. When doctors talk about watching your cholesterol, they’re specifically talking about how much cholesterol you have in your blood.
Did you know your body actually needs cholesterol in order to function? Good cholesterol is known as HDL. Doctors recommend your HDL levels be somewhere around 40 mg/dL (your doctor will be able to show you and explain these numbers when you are tested).
As far as bad cholesterol, or LDL, experts recommend keeping your levels between 100 and 130 mg/ dL. Anything above that may be cause for concern.
Too much bad cholesterol can lead to plaque-like buildups in parts of your circulatory system, which may put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
Fried foods, whole-fat dairy, and added sugars such as table sugar or high fructose corn syrup can increase the level of bad cholesterol in your body.
Eating healthy, especially with an emphasis on fiber and whole grains, has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol. And getting regular exercise has been shown to raise HDL, or good cholesterol levels. Many of the symptoms of high cholesterol aren’t noticeable until damage has already been done to your body. Being aware of your cholesterol numbers is vitally important to your overall health. According to the National Cholesterol Education Program, everyone over the age of 20 should get their cholesterol checked every five years. If it has been more than five years since your last cholesterol check, or you’ve never had your cholesterol checked, now is the perfect time to visit your family doctor.
If you don’t have a family physician, we invite you to visit with Dr. Ricky Gardner, our new family doctor. His office is located on the second floor of the medical office building, and he offers same day appointments. Dr. Gardner can help you get on the right track to managing your cholesterol. Call 785-3834 to make an appointment and get to know your cholesterol numbers.
Grilled Cheese Donuts, Steak on a Stick, funnel cakes, and fried Twinkies—the “feeding frenzy” at the fair is underway! For over 100 years this event has drawn hundreds of thousands of people to our town for a week of fun, food and entertainment.
We are so excited to welcome this amazing event to our area once again. Bingham Memorial Hospital is one of two Grand Champion sponsors to the 2013 fair. That means we’ve committed valuable time and resources to making sure you get the most out of your fair experience. From petting zoos, concerts, and games, you can find fun for all ages at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
As part of this year’s fair, the College of Massage Therapy will be offering free chair massages! The College of Massage Therapy is located at Bingham Memorial Hospital and is the only massage school in Idaho to offer exceptional education in the setting of a healthcare facility.
Massage therapy offers an array of health benefits such as pain relief, increased joint flexibility and energy, along with improvement of overall circulation. So after traveling from animals to art, booth to booth, and carnival to cakes, take a load off your weary feet and receive a free massage that will give you extra energy to get through the rest of your fair day.
For your free massage, find the College of Massage Therapy booth located near the west free stage, just north of the carnival rides.
If you would like to know more about the College of Massage Therapy and the services they offer, you can call 785-3823 or visit their website at www.collegemassagetherapy.com.
For tickets, event schedules, maps, and other information about the Eastern Idaho State Fair, you can visit www.funatthefair.com.
We’ll see you at the fair!
At Bingham Memorial Hospital, every employee plays an important role in helping us reach high expectations and continue to deliver a positive Bingham experience to our guests. Among the many people helping us meet this goal are our hospitalists.
A hospitalist is a physician whose attention is focused on caring for patients who are hospitalized. Primary care physicians, specialists and hospitalists work together to ensure each patient receives the most appropriate care while hospitalized.
During hospitalization, hospitalists constantly monitor a patient’s treatment and rehabilitation plans, making necessary adjustments to ensure a speedy recovery. It is important for a hospital to have a strong team of hospitalists who can also answer any questions and concerns a patient may have during their stay.
Bingham Memorial Hospital is proud to welcome Dr. Jason Reid as a member of our hospitalist team. Dr. Reid grew up in Utah where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine before completing the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.
When asked about his role as a hospitalist, Dr. Reid said, “It is my duty to provide an exceptional experience to all patients through practicing evidence-based medicine in such a manner that each patient feels that they receive careful attention in a compassionate way.”
Dr. Reid shared that his experiences allow him to feel joy as he helps his patients. “I love to interact with patients. I’ve found that by investing myself in the care of my patients, the joy they experience with recovery becomes my own and truly gives me a sense of fulfillment,” said Dr. Reid.
Bingham Memorial Hospital patients requiring hospitalization will receive the upmost care from Dr. Reid. To learn more about our hospitalist program or other services offered by Bingham Memorial Hospital, you can visit www.BinghamMemorial.org.