Making Halloween safe and inclusive for kids with allergies

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When a child has food allergies, Halloween can be a scary time. The small candy wrappers often do not contain lists of ingredient, making it nearly impossible to make sure your little one is eating a treat that’s safe for them. When your child has an egg, milk, nut or soy allergy, how do you make sure they’re safe and can have a fun Halloween experience?

The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization started the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages people to place a teal painted pumpkin outside their door if they’re offering non-food treats, such as stickers or small toys, to trick-or-treaters.

It’s a small step to make sure all children can be a part of the fun on Halloween, and it allows the parent to know their children will be safe without a bag full of candy they may or may not be able to eat safely.

If you’re interested in participating, it’s very simple! Place a teal painted pumpkin outside your door to let trick-or-treaters and their parents know you have non-food items, and pass them out like you normally would. Some kids may ask for them knowing they can’t have dairy, soy or nuts. It’s best to keep the non-food treats in a separate bowl or container, so extra safety from cross-contamination. FARE has printable materials available for you to display to let others know there are non-food items available at your home.

This article was originally published on September 30, 2015, and was updated on September 7, 2016.

2nd Annual Women’s Health Symposium

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 | 8:00 am – 12:30 pm | Check-in starts at 8:00 am | FREE EVENT

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Featuring nationally recognized keynote speaker and time management expert Mary LoVerde, who will be teaching women a new work-life balance approach in her humorous and fast-paced presentation, I Used to Have a Handle on Life, But it Broke. 

For fifteen years, as a busy mother with a demanding career, Mary LoVerde tried the ‘superperson’ route and failed. Struggling to keep up, she turned to time management, delegating and simplifying. Yet, she continued to feel overwhelmed. One day, while furiously working away at her computer and shouting at the kids, she realized a startling fact. In her zeal to get everything done, she had become disconnected — from her family, from her work and from the person she was and wanted to be. LoVerde adopted a new life motto: When you can’t keep up, CONNECT.


Breakout session ONE
Parenting 101: Baby Basics and Love and Logic OR Behavioral Health: Coping with Life Transitions
Breakout session TWO
What is Normal? Understanding Routine Gynecological Findings OR Pelvic Floor Treatment Options
Breakout session THREE
Prenatal Counseling, Fertility and Genetic Education OR Breast Health

Featuring keynote speaker, breakout sessions, vendor tables, refreshments & more!

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Vendor Sponsors:
ClinSite
HealthPlus Pharmacy
Inspirit Salon & Spa
MOVE
Myint Family Chiropractic
Natera
Parros College Planning LLC
Progenity
Saint Joseph Mercy Breast Imaging
Sapphire Therapeutic Spa
Sequenom Laboratories
St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Breast Health Risk Reduction programs

Welcome Tara M. Breslin, MD, FACS

Please join us in welcoming Tara M. Breslin, MD, FACS, to IHA Breast Surgery – Ann Arbor and IHA Breast Surgery – Brighton. Dr. Breslin is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in breast surgical oncology. She has been in practice for over 16 years, and her clinical expertise revolves around the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease and evaluation of women at increased risk for breast cancer. To learn more about Dr. Breslin, click here.

 

 

 

 

All about menstrual cups

For years, women have relied on pads or tampons during their period. But, recently menstrual cups have become more popular and more widely available.
A menstrual cup is a flexible cup that is designed for use inside the vagina during your period to collect the menstrual blood. Menstrual cups are usually made of medical grade silicone, but some can be made from latex.

You can use a cup throughout your entire cycle, some users only need to empty it once every 12 hours, and some empty it more often on their heavier days.

A menstrual cup is a more expensive up-front purchase than a box of tampons or pads, however it can last for up to ten years, providing you with a significant cost-savings, and less waste. You also get more time between changes.

It’s also surprisingly easy to use. If you currently use tampons, or have used a diaphragm, you should have little trouble learning to use a cup. It folds up to a size similar to a tampon for insertion. When properly inserted, the wearer shouldn’t feel it at all, much like using a tampon.

There are some potential drawbacks to using a cup. Some women aren’t comfortable inserting them or have fit problems. That’s OK! A menstrual cup isn’t for everyone, but it’s an alternative for women looking for something different.

If you have any questions about a menstrual cup, ask during your next routine gynecological exam. Your provider can help you determine if you should give a menstrual cup a try and can help alleviate any concerns you may have.

Heatstroke prevention

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July 31 is national heatstroke prevention day. On average, 37 children die in hot cars every year in the US. 87% of those are ages 3 and younger. Vehicular heat stroke is largely misunderstood, with the majority of parents believing they could never forget their child in the backseat of a car. Even the most cautious parent can be thrown off by a change in routine, lack of sleep, stress or fatigue.

2/3 of the increase in temperature happens within the first 20 minutes, and a child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than that of an adults. Even with windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes.

To help make sure you keep your child safe, we’d like to give you some ideas to always check for baby.

Make it a routine to open the back door of your car every time you park (at work, home, grocery, etc.) to make sure no one has been left behind. Put your purse, bag, cell phone or something else important you always need in the backseat to remind yourself to check every day, every time. Send your significant other a photo of your child inside daycare every day when you’ve dropped them off, or send them a photo at home once you’ve picked them up and have them inside the house.

Additionally, make sure your child cannot get into a parked car. Keep vehicles locked at all times, even if they’re parked in the garage or driveway. Keep car keys and garage remotes up and out of reach of your children. Ask your neighbors, friends, family and guests to do the same.

If your child goes missing, immediately check all vehicles- inside the trunk and front and back seats carefully, even if they’re locked. A child may lock the doors after entering on their own and may not be able to unlock them.

If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as soon as possible.

Walk With a Doc: Mlive feature article

Check out this recent article about Walk with a Doc featured on Mlive!

“The results of taking a walk each day are similar to the phrase “an apple a day”; it could make your trips to the doctor’s office less frequent. Walking for thirty minutes each day can produce big results and it’s simple to do. If you have a pair of tennis shoes you can start making healthy changes to your body today… (Read more)

Talking to children about tragedies

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After a horrific event like a mass shooting or terrorist attack, parents find themselves trying to make sense of the event, all while trying to figure out what, if anything, they tell their children. Each child has unique needs in a crisis. Often, it will depend on their age, if they knew anyone affected by the crisis and how much they have been exposed to the news. Allow your child to give you clues about how to meet their needs, and remember that all children are different. One may ask you many, many questions, whereas another may only want extra hugs and to watch a movie. Both of these reactions are OK!

Ask your child what they’ve heard. Allow them to tell you what, if anything, they heard. Once they’ve told you, ask them if they have any questions. Keep your answers straightforward and direct. In general, it is best to share basic information, no graphic or unnecessary details. It’s important to understand that they’re asking you questions because they need someone they trust to listen to their questions, accept their feelings and be there to support them while they work through their emotions. Staying silent on the issue won’t protect them from these events, as much as we’d prefer for them to not have to hear about what’s happened.

While it may be possible to limit your child’s exposure to media within your home, it is difficult when you’re not within your own home, or if your child is older and has access to a cell phone, social media or news accounts.

Even your youngest child will hear about tragic events, and it’s better for them to hear information from a parent or caregiver than another child or general media. Additionally, younger children may respond with forms of dependence, like acting clingy, refusing to sleep alone and experiencing separation anxiety. They may also throw temper tantrums or wet the bed. An older child may respond with anxiety, sadness, risky behavior or outbursts at school.

Feelings of sadness, fear and confusion are normal reactions. However, if your child seems very upset and unable to recover from fear, starts having trouble in school or home, or isn’t able to get up and go to school, you may want to contact your child’s doctor for additional advice. Additionally, if you are concerned they need more information or support than you’re able to provide, you can reach out to their teacher, school counselors or doctor for additional support.

IHA WestArbor Medical Center Nears Completion

IHA WestArbor Medical Center Nears Completion

7/14/2016 – IHA is pleased to announce that its newest medical center, located west of the Ann Arbor Auto Mall at 4350 Jackson Road in Scio Township, is proceeding on schedule and will begin a phased opening on Monday, August 15.

IHA WestArbor Medical Center tops out at 77,000 square feet and will be home to multiple primary and specialty care practices and numerous ancillary services. Over 215 staff and providers will call the WestArbor facility home and expect to provide care for more than 150,000 patients during the first year of operation.

“IHA practices have enjoyed extraordinary growth over the years in recognition of IHA’s patient-focused capabilities and quality as documented by Consumer Reports, which found that IHA was metro Detroit’s top medical group. IHA will be moving many well- established practices into this new center in order to improve access and convenience for our patients, provide for needed expansion space, enable new developments and provide future growth options. Among the major IHA practices which will relocate to this center include: IHA Ann Arbor Family Medicine, IHA Child Health – Ann Arbor, IHA WestArbor Internal Medicine, and IHA WestArbor OB/GYN,” states Bill Fileti, IHA’s CEO. “In addition, urgent care services, general dermatology, orthopedic surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, pharmacy, clinical lab, radiology, physical therapy and other clinical services will be added. We envision that this comprehensive medical center will be extremely attractive as a one-stop health center to the community.”

The new 77,000 square foot, three-story facility will blend a contemporary exterior design full of windows with both first and second floor walk-out entrances. The new medical center, similar to IHA’s highly-regarded Domino’s Farms location, capitalizes on wooded views and an interior design that uses natural light to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the facility.

“The completion of this new medical center will certainly be among our 2016 highlights, as we continue to expand our primary and specialty care presence across the communities we serve. Through this new facility, patients will once again physically see us forging ahead to actively live our mission of always focusing on new and better ways to deliver health care to the patients we serve,” adds Fileti.

Beginning Monday, August 15, the first of nearly one dozen new services and programs opens at the facility. The following week, Monday, August 22, the new Urgent Care Center opens along with several other primary care and ancillary services. By Labor Day, all three floors of the center will open and welcoming area residents.

“We are extremely proud to be launching our fourth urgent care – after hours location and are confident that all of the services, which we are bringing into the area, will have a positive and immediate impact on the health and well-being of the residents,” notes Matthew Ajluni, DO, Medical Director, After Hours, Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine program for IHA. Our urgent care center will be open 365 days a year and will offer an extensive list of services and treatment options allowing residents to find all the care they need close to home.”

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