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Does Bar Soap Really Hold Onto Germs?

Source: Readers Digest   By Cheryl S Grant   February 1, 2017     Washing your hands may get rid of germs but that doesn't mean that your soap is clean.

We’ve all been brought up to believe that in order to remove icky stu...

Does Bar Soap Really Hold Onto Germs?

Source: Readers Digest
 
By Cheryl S Grant
 
February 1, 2017
 
 

Washing your hands may get rid of germs but that doesn't mean that your soap is clean.

We’ve all been brought up to believe that in order to remove icky stuff from our hands and pretty much our entire bodies we should wash and clean ourselves with soap. But bar soap in essence just removes grime and germs from your skin—it doesn’t kill bacteria; it just moves it from one location to the next. So could that gross stuff that you thought that you were ridding yourself of might actually be hanging out on your favorite bar of soap? Try not to think about that the next time you lather up. “Bar soap can and likely does have germs living on it, says Debra Brooks, MD, at Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. But don’t panic just yet because they are not likely to make you sick, she says.

In a study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infectionit was found that even when participants used soap that had been contaminated, their risk of the bacteria transfering to them was unlikely. Dr. Brooks concurs. “If you are in good health, you should have no problem naturally defending against the germs on bars of soap,” says Brooks. “Plus it is easy to disinfect your soap because the top layer usually dissolves in water,” she says.

If you are still concerned and want to take extra precaution you should cover and store your soap in a dry place, as this will also help it to last longer. Also, rinse it off before and after using. Finally, if it still freaks you out and you are worried just stick to liquid soaps or shower gels instead.

New urgent care locations are slated to open up in Queens and Brooklyn this year

Source: QNS

By Suzanne Monteverdi

January 30, 2017

 

Two or three more urgent care locations are coming to areas of Queens and Brooklyn this year.

“Health care is, by nature, an evolving arena, and Northwe...

New urgent care locations are slated to open up in Queens and Brooklyn this year

Source: QNS

By Suzanne Monteverdi

January 30, 2017

 

Two or three more urgent care locations are coming to areas of Queens and Brooklyn this year.

“Health care is, by nature, an evolving arena, and Northwell is focused on continuing to stay ahead of that evolution,” said Adam Boll, vice president of Northwell Health Ventures Operations. “And staying ahead of the evolution of health care means paying attention to our patients and what they want and are demanding.”

The in-the-works expansion is a joint venture between GoHealth and Northwell Health. Together, the health care partners seek to open up an additional 12 Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care locations across the metro New York area in the new year. While Boll could not confirm exact locations at this time, two or three of these locations are slated for the Brooklyn and Queens area.

According to Boll, all urgent care locations are equipped to address “the minor cold through the complex flu,” as well as injuries and accidents, stitches, wound cleansing, strains, sprains, fractures, blood draws and labs, X-rays and more.

When considering places for a new location, population numbers and community need are at the forefront, Boll said.

“There’s a clinical need, without question, for urgent care,” Boll said. “We work to locate the centers where people live and work every day and make [our facilities] easy to access.”

In Queens, there are currently five urgent care locations — Astoria, Forest Hills, LeFrak City, Ridgewood, and most recently, Bayside — and 33 statewide. According to Boll, Ridgewood is one of their most active locations.

“The population density in that area is incredible,” Boll said. “Our location is convenient, and it’s positioned in a way that it’s not a burden to access.”

All of the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care facilities provide walk-in care, with an option to preregister for a visit through the website.

“We try and set the standard being an experienced healthcare provider at a really high level,” Boll said. “And we see this business continuing to grow year over year.”

For more information about GoHealth Urgent Care locations, pricing or insurance, click here.

GoHealth, Hartford HealthCare Team Up to Expand Reach in Connecticut

Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

By JUCM

January 27, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care is going to open 15 new urgent care centers cobranded with Hartford HealthCare over the next 18 months. Hartford says it will...

GoHealth, Hartford HealthCare Team Up to Expand Reach in Connecticut

Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

By JUCM

January 27, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care is going to open 15 new urgent care centers cobranded with Hartford HealthCare over the next 18 months. Hartford says it will benefit by bringing in a greater number of patients, by virtue of having more access points. GoHealth will have the benefit of technology standards like “smart glass” procedure rooms, mobile x-ray equipment, and a broader, unified electronic health records system. The partnership will also increase GoHealth’s visibility in central and eastern Connecticut.

 

GoHealth Urgent Care, Hartford HealthCare partner to extend urgent care services throughout Connecticut

Source: Healthcare Finance

By Beth Jones Sanborn

January 26, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care and Connecticut's Hartford HealthCare will join forces to extend GoHealth Urgent Care's urgent care center network to Central...

GoHealth Urgent Care, Hartford HealthCare partner to extend urgent care services throughout Connecticut

Source: Healthcare Finance

By Beth Jones Sanborn

January 26, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care and Connecticut's Hartford HealthCare will join forces to extend GoHealth Urgent Care's urgent care center network to Central and Eastern Connecticut.

The two providers plan to open 15 centers beginning in spring 2017 during the first 18-month phase of their partnership. Each Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center will treat patients seven days a week with extended evening hours, walk-in availability, and online check-in so that patients can save a place "in line."

"The partnership will provide patients greater access to innovative high-quality care, where and when they need it most," GoHealth said in a statement.

The centers will feature electrostatic "smart glass" procedure rooms, transparent charting on a wide screen in each exam room, mobile X-ray equipment and a unified electronic medical record that can be accessed by caregivers across the Hartford HealthCare network, GoHealth said.

GoHealth Urgent Care operates roughly 60 urgent care centers in the New York and Portland, OR, and San Francisco Bay areas. GoHealth Urgent Care's current partners include Northwell Health, Legacy Health, Dignity Health, one of the nation's largest health care systems, headquartered in San Francisco, and now Hartford HealthCare.

Hartford HealthCare includes a tertiary-care teaching hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, two community hospitals, behavioral health services, a primary care physician practice group, as well as cancer centers, regional and senior home care and physical therapy rehabilitation.

 

 

 

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare Partner to Deliver More Accessible, Patient-First Urgent Care to Connecticut

Source: Bloomberg

Jan 26, 2017

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare announced a joint-venture that will extend GoHealth Urgent Care's proven model of convenient and consumer-focused urgent care centers to Central and Eastern Connecticut. Thi...

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare Partner to Deliver More Accessible, Patient-First Urgent Care to Connecticut

Source: Bloomberg

Jan 26, 2017

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare announced a joint-venture that will extend GoHealth Urgent Care's proven model of convenient and consumer-focused urgent care centers to Central and Eastern Connecticut. This partnership will provide patients greater access to innovative high-quality care, where and when they need it most. GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare plan to open up to 15 co-branded centers within an 18-month first phase of their relationship, beginning in spring 2017. The centers will feature electrostatic "smart glass" procedure rooms, transparent charting on a wide screen in each exam room, mobile x-ray equipment and a unified electronic medical record that can be accessed by caregivers across the Hartford HealthCare network. The joint-venture will pair GoHealth Urgent Care's patient satisfaction ratings, technological advancements and award-winning center and website designs with Hartford HealthCare's high-quality, fully integrated acute and ambulatory health services.

Hartford HealthCare, GoHealth to open CT urgent care centers

Source: Hartford Business Journal

By Patricia Daddona

January 26, 2017

 

Hartford HealthCare and GoHealth Urgent Care are joining forces to open urgent care centers in central and eastern Connecticut, the two announce...

Hartford HealthCare, GoHealth to open CT urgent care centers

Source: Hartford Business Journal

By Patricia Daddona

January 26, 2017

 

Hartford HealthCare and GoHealth Urgent Care are joining forces to open urgent care centers in central and eastern Connecticut, the two announced Thursday.

The two companies plan to open up to 15 co-branded centers within the first 18 months that they do business together, beginning this spring.

Each Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center will operate seven days a week with extended evening hours, and will welcome walk-in patients and allow online check-in.

The centers' exam rooms will provide charting on a wide screen, mobile x-ray equipment and electronic medical records that can be accessed by caregivers across the Hartford HealthCare network, the companies said.

One of the largest urgent care companies in the U.S., GoHealth operates nearly 60 urgent care centers in New York and Portland, Ore., metropolitan areas, as well as in the San Francisco Bay area.

Urgent Care Center Opens in Lynbrook

Source: Long Island Herald

By Mike Smollins

January 25, 2017

 

About 25 people, including local residents and elected officials, were on-hand for the grand opening of the Lynbrook Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Car...

Urgent Care Center Opens in Lynbrook

Source: Long Island Herald

By Mike Smollins

January 25, 2017

 

About 25 people, including local residents and elected officials, were on-hand for the grand opening of the Lynbrook Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Center on Jan. 21.

“A lot of people were there and we talked about the service it is to the community,” Mayor Bill Hendrick said. “It’s very nice that they chose Lynbrook and it seems like a wonderful facility.”

The day’s festivities included a tour of the care center, a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from Hendrick and spokespersons for Northwell Health. The facility, which is located at 683 Sunrise Hwy., has a space for minor surgeries, four examining areas and rooms for drawing blood, Hendrick said. 

The Lynbrook location is the 16th care center to open up on Long Island. There are also facilities in Manhattan, Queens, Westchester and Staten Island. 

Adam Boll, the vice president of Northwell ventures operations, said the facility has been well received in Lynbrook. 

“It was very upbeat,” he said of the ceremony. “Lots of excitement from community members and local elected officials around the fact that we’ve been able to bring one of our urgent care centers into the community. They feel that there’s been a need and we’re filling that need both by the location and hours we provide.”

The care center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

How Bad Is It to Kiss Someone When They Have a Cold?

Source: Readers Digest

By Cheryl S Grant

January 25, 2017

 

A good smooch is a nice thing with the right someone, but should you still pucker up if they're under the weather?

Having a cold may not be the end of the wo...

How Bad Is It to Kiss Someone When They Have a Cold?

Source: Readers Digest

By Cheryl S Grant

January 25, 2017

 

A good smooch is a nice thing with the right someone, but should you still pucker up if they're under the weather?

Having a cold may not be the end of the world, but it sure does feel like that sometimes. Especially when it just hits you, and your body aches, your nose can’t stop running, and the sneezes never end. In that sorry state, a hot cup of tea, a bowl of chicken soup, and a kiss from a loved one would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Still, you wonder if giving your loved one a kiss is a good idea because you could be subjecting him or her to a mouth full of germs, followed by a week of incessant coughing and sneezing.

However, the real risk of passing a germ comes from something even more G-rated than a kiss. “Contrary to what you might think, you’re actually at a higher risk of catching a cold by holding someone’s hand than by kissing them,” says Andy Barnett, MD, of Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care.

According to Dr. Barnett the cold virus is found in the mucus that travels through your respiratory system and is most commonly spread by coughing and sneezing. Though if you are severely ill with a cold, it is a possibility that some germs can stay within your saliva and might be spread by kissing or sharing a glass. The risk also is contingent on the type of kiss you are giving. If it is just a simple dry peck on the cheek, the risk of contracting the virus is very low. However, if you decide to be romantic while you are hopped up on cold medicine and exchange body fluids then there is more of a possibility passing the virus along.

To prevent passing a long a cold, cover your cough, preferably with your elbow. “Your hands and fingers can more easily pass viruses if you cough or sneeze into them,” says Barnett. Find out how to make your cold less miserable.

Is It Actually Bad to Swallow Your Gum?

Source: Extra Crispy

By Kathryn Lindsey

January 24, 2017

 

Lucky for Sean Spicer, it's just gross

In case the current political news wasn’t stomach-churning enough, here’s an actual digestive nightmare to ad...

Is It Actually Bad to Swallow Your Gum?

Source: Extra Crispy

By Kathryn Lindsey

January 24, 2017

 


Lucky for Sean Spicer, it's just gross

In case the current political news wasn’t stomach-churning enough, here’s an actual digestive nightmare to add to the list of things you’re losing sleep over: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer chews and swallows gum two and a half packs of gum every morning. We know this because of a small detail unearthed from an August 2016 profile in the Washington Post. There is, for some reason, a whole paragraph dedicated to Spicer’s mouth, about how it yells and presumably says more “alternative truths,” but also what goes into it. “This is the face of today’s Republican Party: The nose is pinched, the hair is sandy blond, the eyes are intense,” it reads. “But all you really need to know can be seen in the mouth… Even when he is not speaking, it works on overdrive, churning through pieces of Orbit cinnamon gum, which he chews and swallows whole. Notwithstanding his line of work, the man just can’t stand a gross-feeling mouth.”

Specifically, Spicer chews “two and a half packs by noon.”

“I talked to my doctor about it,” he explains. “He said it’s no problem.”

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start from the beginning. Cinnamon? I mean, no disrespect to cinnamon, but it’s a seasoning, not a main dish. It’s called the “cinnamon challenge” for a reason, and I for one find it incredibly alarming that our new Press Secretary can get through two and a half packs of the stuff. If we’re accepting the premise that it’s normal to eat gum,which I’m not fully on board with, either, I’d at the very least be willing to accept it with something a little more neutral, like mint. 

But what I simply cannot condone is the sheer magnitude of Spicer’s habit—two and a half packs. If we’re assuming there are fourteen pieces of gum in each box, that’s 35 pieces of gum (equivalent to, what I call, a “glob”) each morning. And that’s just the morning! What happens in the afternoon? Does his consumption continue at a steady rate, eventually reaching five boxes by the evening? Does he eat real food as well, or is he always full? Sure, maybe this habit stops his mouth from being “gross-feeling,” but at what cost to his stomach?

I was skeptical about Spicer’s claim that his doctor gave the all-clear for this vice, but turns out, it’s more of a societal taboo than a digestive one.

“While chewing gum is meant to be chewed and not swallowed, there is generally no harm done if it is swallowed,” says Dr. Robert Korn, Medical Director at Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. “Gum that is sent through your digestive tract does not get properly broken up and digested, but it is still sent through your body and excreted fairly normally.”

However, there is one possible side effect. “If large amounts of gum are swallowed, constipation or blocked intestines can be a result,” Dr.Korn added. “Especially in children.”

Regardless, I’m against it. And don’t even get me started on his feud with Dippin Dots.

 

 

Here's How to Know Whether Your Poop Is Normal

Source: Glamour

By Korin Miller

January 19, 2017

 

It’s a fact of life: Everybody poops. But despite the fact that we all do it, people don’t talk about it that much. (Probably for the best.) Still, there are a lo...

Here's How to Know Whether Your Poop Is Normal

Source: Glamour

By Korin Miller

January 19, 2017

 

It’s a fact of life: Everybody poops. But despite the fact that we all do it, people don’t talk about it that much. (Probably for the best.) Still, there are a lot of things you can learn (healthwise, at least) from what's going on in your bowels. So it’s completely natural that you’d want to know whether your poop habits are on the healthy side of things. We consulted a few top M.D.s for their input. Here are your most pressing poop questions answered, plus how to know if something is not quite right.

How often should you poop?

Kyle Staller, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the range of frequency is variable. As long as you’re comfortable (read: not super-constipated or running to go every hour), you’re likely good. However, he says normal tends to range from going three or more times a week to three or fewer times a day. “In general, people may be on either side of that,” he says. “If they’re comfortable and don’t have any other symptoms, there’s nothing to worry about.”

What color should it be?

Your poop should be in a spectrum of earth tones, Dr. Staller says. That means brown, green, and yellow are all A-OK. However, Andy Barnett, M.D., of Legacy-GoHealth Urgent Care, says black or very dark poop could be a sign that there’s a problem with the lining of your intestines—so you’ll want to get that checked out. And excessively smelly poops can be a sign that you have bleeding in your GI tract, Dr. Staller says, but it can also happen when you take iron pills or an upset-stomach medication like Pepto Bismol. One thing that gets googled a lot: Beets can change the color of your poo to look bloody, but, yup, it's just that you ate beets.

What should it look like?

There’s actually a chart of poops, called the Bristol Stool Scale, that breaks down the different types of poop people can have and what they mean. The scale ranges from a Type 1 (separate, hard, rabbit-poop-like lumps) to Type 7 (liquid poop with no solid pieces). “We usually think around a Type 4 is normal,” Dr. Staller says. “It should look like sausage or a snake—smooth and soft.” If your stool is loose and watery, and you’re going more than three times a day, or you have very thin or pencil-shaped poop, Dr. Barnett says your body could be telling you something is wrong. It could be a symptom of diarrhea if it happens occasionally. If these types of stools occur regularly, it might be a sign of colorectal polyps, which are linked to colon cancer, so contact your doc ASAP.

Should it float?

You’ve probably heard that you want to aim for poops that float (and mentally high-five yourself if you have one), but Dr. Staller says people make too much of this. “If your stools are consistently floating with any amount of oil or grease, it could be a sign that you’re not absorbing enough nutrients or fat,” he says. “In general, all of us will have stools that sink or float depending on how much gas is in it.” Dr. Staller says its really doesn’t matter whether you sink or float, noting that everyone will have both at some point.

How long should it take to poop?

You may have noticed at some point that guys take forever to poop, while you can be in and out much quicker. Dr. Staller says women tend to view BMs in a more businesslike way (meaning, we get in and out ASAP), while guys tend to revel in the moment. (Catching up on their timelines? Who knows?) While you may just be a fast pooper, Dr. Staller says it doesn’t hurt to slow your roll. “Sometimes women don’t give themselves enough time to go to the bathroom,” he says. “The body has a natural rhythm and doesn’t like to be pushed too much.”

Of course, Dr. Barnett stresses that everyone is different and what may be normal to you may not be for someone else. If you’re unsure about whether your poops are normal or if you have concerns, flag them for your doctor.

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