September 2017 Hot Flashes

Patients Please Be Aware - GA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

With the recent passing of House Bill 249 by the Georgia General Assembly, there have been several changes to the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The purpose of the PDMP is to reduce the abuse of controlled substances and to promote proper use of medications used to treat pain and terminal illness. The PDMP also helps reduce duplicative prescribing and overprescribing of controlled substances. 

To that end, new PDMP system requirements will make the process of prescribing opioids to patients much more difficult for physicians. Each patient must have updated prescriptions in and be viewed on the Georgia PDMP database. These changes do NOT require patients to change what they are doing. But, it is important for you to be aware of the changes when discussing prescriptions and refills with your physicians  This is an effort by the Georgia Department of Public Health to reduce the number of Georgians severely affected by or dying from opioid overdoses.

Healthy Aging Month – Good Posture, Please

You can look a few years younger without spending hundreds on creams and potions. All you have to do is improve your posture. Hold your stomach in, hold your chin up, and keep your shoulders back. Not only will you elongate and improve the appearance of your neck, but you’ll also trim your waistline a little without doing a single crunch. Practice perfect posture each day until it comes natural and you’ll look five years younger in no time at all. 

(Healthy Aging)

Healthy Aging Month – Learn Something New

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? Speak French? Paint a landscape? There’s no better time than now to embrace these hidden interests. Sign up for music, art or language classes to discover your talents or accomplish something you have always wanted to. Not only will you have a fun way to spend time and meet new people, learning these new skills will keep your mind sharp and constantly working. After all, your brain is a muscle that must be worked like any other muscle. 

(Healthy Aging)

Yoga Awareness Month – Embrace Your Inner Yogi

There is nothing more calming and relaxing than deep breathing, and this technique is one of the foundations of yoga. Yoga can increase flexibility and reduce stress. Dr. Nevins, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, states: “Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration.” Although the practice of yoga can be quite intimidating, most studios are open and embrace newcomers. Everyone must start somewhere, and the benefits of yoga are too great to miss out on. Find a yoga studio near you or simply watch some videos to work your way from deep breathing to the most complex positions.

(American Osteopathic Association)

Labor Day – Eating Against Tradition

Although wearing white after Labor Day may be a fashion faux pas, eating certain white foods, particularly vegetables, can improve your health and strengthen your immune system. According to Japanese researchers, onions contain the antioxidant quercetin which may reduce the effects of hay fever, food allergies and eczema. Turnips contain cancer fighting properties while also being high in nitrate which can reduce blood pressure. These white, healthy vegetables along with others should grace your plate and improve your health. 

(Eating Well)

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer in the ovaries, fallopian tubes and peritoneum is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related death in women. Sadly, there is no test to screen for ovarian cancer so it is often caught in its later stages. However, there are ways to decrease your chances of getting ovarian cancer such as taking oral contraceptives. Studies have shown that women who take oral contraceptives for three or more years are 30-50 percent less likely to develop ovarian cancer. This decrease in risk can last for up to 30 years after consumption of the pills has ceased. 



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