If you are looking for a unique and relaxing way to spend a day, walking through the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way is a wonderful idea. Many people think about kicking back and relaxing on the sofa when they want some downtime, but it often is a better idea to get up and get moving. Your Federal Way urgent care clinic recommends that you take advantage of your free time to treat your body to the exercise it deserves.
The sudden spike in high blood pressure cases may be attributed to factors such as obesity, the aging ‘baby boomer’ population, or even exaggerated figures from health databases. Rather than wait until one’s blood pressure exceeds 180/110 mm Hg, though, it would be wise to seek medical attention and head to a renowned medical center, like U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group’s facility, for urgent care in Federal Way. After all, symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and mild chest pains may not occur until one’s condition has already taken a turn for the worse.
High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” as the condition itself has no symptoms and can only be detected through routine checkups. Without these tests, complications like heart failure, aneurisms, and ruptured blood vessels would be difficult to prevent. An even worse outcome is a condition known as malignant hypertension, which almost always requires emergency care because it can lead to brain hemorrhage or strokes.
High blood pressure is one of the most prevalent health problems in the U.S. at present. According to HealthDay reporter Kathleen Doheny, a study conducted by Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal of Western Michigan University states that the number of people with high blood pressure treated at emergency rooms throughout the country rose by 25 percent. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news: Continue reading
E. coli cases have been popping up around Washington and several other states over the last month. A report from The Sky Valley Chronicle provides a CDC update on the situation:
Revised numbers from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) show that as of this past Friday June 27, a total of 18 people have now been infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) in five states.
Washington State has the largest number of confirmed cases at 11.
Epidemiology and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicated that contaminated raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC of Moyie Springs, Idaho are the likely source of this outbreak.
The CDC and FDA recommend that consumers do not eat any raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts and that retailers do not sell or serve them.
Muscle soreness is a common occurrence in novice and established athletes alike. Soreness is the body’s normal response to overexertion and is a natural part of any prolonged athletic activity. Injury, on the other hand, is more serious and may require treatment from a Federal Way urgent care physician.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly two million injuries, 500,000 visits to a doctor, and 30,000 hospitalizations are recorded each year among high school athletes alone. These injuries, whether minor or major, can derail the development of children on and off the field. Thus, sports medicine practitioners advise parents or guardians to get clearance from the family physician or from a doctor in a trusted Federal Way walk-in clinic, managed by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, before allowing a child to take up a sport.
The article mentions that one-sport athletes are at a higher risk of sustaining injuries due to the repetitive motions of the sport. By letting a child be examined by a physician before he goes into strenuous sports like football, he can be educated about how to avoid potential injuries.
Swine flu typically shares the same symptoms as the regular flu: fever, dry cough, body aches, chills, headaches, and fatigue. However, people suffering from swine flu can also complain of vomiting or diarrhea. The only way to know for sure if a case of the flu is caused by the H1N1 strain is to visit a doctor. If you can’t get in to see your regular physician, you can always visit an urgent care in Federal Way, such as the one run by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, and have a sample collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis.
The results of several studies have suggested that swine flu is a bit more potent than the regular flu in that the H1N1 strain can infect lung cells at a higher rate. Leaving swine flu unattended can easily lead to a person contracting dangerous flu complications like pneumonia.
Influenza, especially its specific variants like H1N1, is one of the most debilitating diseases that currently afflict Americans. It shouldn’t surprise people to see government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tirelessly looking for ways to cure this disease. Flu vaccines are purported to be the only way to fight influenza since anti-flu drugs were deemed ineffective. However, a study of the 2009-2010 flu epidemics in the U.S.—featured in an article in KPLU, the news service of Pacific Lutheran University—indicates otherwise: Continue reading
The knee is one of the most important joints in the human body. Without the strength, flexibility and stability it offers, even simple things like walking become impossible. So when knee injuries occur, many people think that surgery is the only treatment option. One study, published online by the New England Journal of Medicine and featured in USA Today, however, suggests that physical therapy could be just as effective:
If you’ve ever been to an emergency room with a gashed forehead or a twisted ankle, you probably can’t decide which pain is worse—the injuries you sustained or the one your bank account will receive when the medical bills arrive. As this article from The New York Times reports, even routine treatments can have exorbitant charges in American ERs: Continue reading