How to Select a Clinic for Immigration Medical Exam?


Immigrants applying for a U.S. visa must schedule and attended medical examinations before their interview dates. The medical examination services should be provided by a physician who is authorized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to conduct such examination tests (https://www.uscis.gov/). The completion of medical examinations after the visa interviews may lead to delayed processing of the visa until the medical examinations are received by the U.S. Embassy. For that reason, applicants who need their visa to be completed within the shortest time possible are required and encouraged to complete their Immigration medical examinations before attending the visa interviews.

There are various examinations that are done as part of the visa application process. Medical examinations involve reviewing the medical history of the applicant for any potential complications (U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Consular Affairs, 2016). The tests also involve a physical examination of the applicant’s well-being. Physical examination includes the inspection of diverse body parts such as the eyes, nose, external genitalia, skin, ears and the throat. Internal organs like the heart, lymph nodes, and the abdomen are also examined. Blood tests and X-rays are also part of the examination process. Once the process is done, the physician hand over the results to the applicant in hard copy to present them during the visa interview. The physician can also decide to send the results directly to the Consulate or the U.S. Embassy. Continue Reading

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Why Your Child’s Sports Physical is So Important – August 25, 2016


What Is a Sports Physical?

In order to determine if it’s safe for your child to participate in a particular sport, they must undergo a sports physical, also known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). Most states in the US now require that young children and teens have a sports physical before they can participate in a new sports season. But even if a PPE isn’t required in your state, your pediatrician will most likely recommend getting one.

There are two main parts to the sports physical:

1) Medical History

The doctor will want to obtain a full medical history of your child. To do this, he or she will need to ask a series of questions. They will most likely ask: Continue…!

Heartburn: Taking Steps to Fight it


Heartburn is given its name for a very good reason. It describes the feeling of a burning sensation in the middle of the chest. Heartburn isn’t really linked to the heart, but a symptom of something else that has nothing to do with heart health or function. Also known as acid indigestion, “heartburn” is associated with digestion. However, when severe enough, heartburn symptoms are often mistaken for heart attack symptoms. If in doubt, visit your local ER! Doctors would rather err on the side of caution than encourage people to self-diagnose.

Everyone experiences occasional heartburn, but when the condition becomes chronic or occurs more than three times a week, a doctor may diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. As the name implies, the gastrointestinal system is the body part affected by heartburn. Heartburn happens to men and women of all ages but is most common in adults over 60 years of age. Continue Reading

Is It Too Early to Get a Flu Shot?


In most parts of the country, it still feels like summer. But despite mild temperatures and many Americans walking around in shorts and T-shirts, signs have started to pop up reminding all of us to get our flu shot. From Walgreens to Walmart and Rite-Aid, the message is clear- a seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to fight and reduce chances of getting of getting sick.

But, like the Christmas decorations already lining the aisles of the national home improvement stores, some wonder if it isn’t too early for a flu vaccine.

“Contrary to some beliefs, getting the flu shot in September is a good thing and will offer protection for the entirety of the flu season,” Dr. Stephen Russell, an associated professor in the general internal medicine division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a university news release.

“Most people will only need one shot each year, but the flu shot a patient had last year will not protect them for this coming flu season,” added Russell, who also is a lead physician at the UAB Medicine Moody Clinic. Read More

Heat Exhaustion: 11 Common Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Prevention Techniques


As we swing into the dog days of summer and continue with record heat in some parts of the country, it’s important to talk about a potential health risk: heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion, if not treated, can progress to heat stroke, which can eventually damage the brain and other organs and even lead to death.

What are the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?

The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Confusion

  • Dark-colored urine (which is a sign of dehydration)

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Muscle or abdominal cramps

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Pale skin

  • Profuse sweating

  • Racing heartbeat

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Is It Okay to Take Expired Medications?


Expiration dates on drugs do mean something, but perhaps not what you’re thinking. In 1979, a law was passed that required drug manufacturers to stamp an expiration date on all their products. This is the date at which the manufacturer will still guarantee the full potency and safety of the drug.

On the expiration date the drug must offer at least 90% of its original potency under proper storage conditions. Contrary to popular belief, the expiration date DOES NOT suggest the time when a medication is no longer effective or becomes somehow harmful.

Generally speaking, drugs expire 2 – 5 years after their production date, and the FDA requires manufacturers determine actual long-term drug potency and stability.

Let’s take a look at some other common questions about expired medications. Learn More

Does Urgent Care Cost More Than Primary Care?


Urgent Care vs. Primary Care – When and Why

There’s no denying that your primary care doctor plays a very important role in your long-term health. He knows your medical history, conditions you suffer from or have suffered from, and medications you’re currently taking and are allergic to. He also has access to your medical records and entire medical history. Because of this, he can make education decisions when you see him with symptoms.

Equally important is the fact that your PCP acts like a home base for illness and chronic condition management and can advise you on your path toward wellness. This consistency and the relationship you’ve built are very important, and not necessarily something you will get at an urgent care clinic. Continue Reading