Measles: What You Need to Know

2019 has brought one of the largest outbreaks of measles in the U.S. since it was declared eliminated from this country in 2000. Since Jan. 1, there have been 555 confirmed cases of measles in 20 different states (data as of April 11), and those numbers are rising quickly. Although there have been no confirmed cases of measles in the state of Montana in many years, it is always best to be prepared. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about measles to keep yourself and your family safe.

Prevention and Treatment of Heat Illness

 

The “dog days of summer” are certainly upon us again and incidence of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are rising.  It is important to know the difference between these two heat related illnesses and how to prevent and treat them in the field before one gets to a medical facility.

American Diabetes Alert Day

March 24th is American Diabetes Alert Day. An estimated 29 million Americans have this disease. Although we have many medications to treat this condition, prevention is much more important.

Go Red For Women!

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Most women are accustomed to being screened for breast cancer with mammography and cervical cancer with pap smear testing.  But, many women forget that they are at risk of diseases that have nothing to do with their gender, such as heart disease.

Healthy Drinking Guidelines

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. People set up the new exercise equipment they got for Christmas or dust off their running shoes and get back to the gym.  Diets come and go while we try to find the easy solution to weight loss.  This time of year, it is helpful to look not just at exercise and food, but also at alcohol consumption. 

Informational Health Websites

Here at Ravalli Family Medicine, we encourage our patients to become educated about their health.  That starts with signing up for internet-based access to your medical records.  All patients with an email address can sign up for this service.  Access Webview here.

The internet is also full of resources to assist in becoming and staying healthy.  A few of the websites that we encourage our patients to utilize include: