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3/1/2017 - Prevention is Key to Traumatic Brain Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 5.3 million Americans are living with disabilities from brain trauma, resulting in more than 50,000 deaths per year.
Acute brain injuries occur from many causes, but we will focus on Traumatic Brain injuries (TBI). These can happen
to anyone, but those most at risk are males age 15 to 25 (generally due to sports and higher risk behaviors), and
the elderly over age 75 (generally due to increased risk of falling, mostly at home).

2/1/2017 - Subtle, Personalized and Not Your Parents' Hearing Aids
If you were thinking that hearing aids haven’t changed much over the years, think again. Bluetooth and wireless capabilities are now commonplace in most hearing aids. What does this mean for the wearer? Better hearing on the phone, from the television and in the car for starters!

1/1/2017 - Diabetes, Your Feet and Wound Care
Chronic, slow and non-healing wounds are an increasing medical problem. Although these wounds can be associated with many disease states, wound development and delayed wound healing are very common in the diabetic population. Of the estimated 26 million people in the United States, 8% are diabetic and 25% of those individuals will develop a wound in their lifetime.

12/1/2016 - Colonosopy Screening: The "Ins and Outs"
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 134,000 persons will be diagnosed with this cancer and approximately 49,000 will die from it. It is most frequently diagnosed among the adult population between the ages of 65-74 years with the median age at death from colorectal cancer being 68 years of age.

11/1/2016 - Take a Lesson from Children and Keep Updated with Vaccinations
The influenza vaccine is recommended for all adults. The formulation of the vaccine changes each year and, therefore, should be administered annually. Contrary to popular belief, the flu shot does not cause the flu!

10/1/2016 - Impact of Obesity Found on the Scale and Beyond
You don’t have to be in the medical field to know that obesity is on the rise in adults, children and adolescents. Based on latest data from the CDC, 36.5% of U.S. adults are obese with prevalence among women higher compared with men. Seventeen percent of children are obese. With the significant rates of obesity on the rise, it is now considered a global epidemic.

10/1/2016 - Cosmetic Newlsetter: A New Non-Surgical Answer to Excess Fat under the Chin!
Submental fullness, commonly known as “double chin” or “turkey neck”, affects both men and women. While sometimes caused by weight gain, other factors such as genetics and aging may also contribute. When this is the case, the condition may not go away despite exercise or diet.

9/1/2016 - What is an Advanced Care Provider?
When you schedule your appointment at Thunderbird Internal Medicine you may be seen by one of our Advanced Care Practitioners, which includes a Nurse Practitioner (NP), a Physician’s Assistant (PA), and, of course, your primary care physician. There are times you may not be able to get in to see your primary care physician, so you might wonder what the titles of NP and PA mean and what they are capable of. Rest assured, at Thunderbird Internal Medicine, all physicians, PA’s and NP’s work with you to coordinate care, manage issues that occur, and collaborate with other physician specialists to solve health problems.

8/1/2016 - Doctor, Why Do My Feet Burn?
As I began my medical training 40 years ago, a study of the nervous system was of special interest to me. Although the peripheral nervous system seemed less complex as compared to the central nervous system (which is the brain and spinal cord), it has remained unwilling to reveal the secrets of why nerve injury occurs so commonly.

7/1/2016 - Some Don't Like it Hot
If you’ve lived in Arizona for at least one summer, you are familiar with how hot it can become outside. Since we cannot stop our lives, we occasionally need to be outside under these extreme conditions. Being exposed to such high temperatures, even for a short period of time, can lead to heat.

7/1/2016 - Cosmetic Newsletter: Waxing the Answer for a Smooth Summer!
With summer’s arrival, many of us come out of hibernation and begin to show more skin than we do during the winter months. With shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops (or bathing suits) becoming the go-to wardrobe selections, the first thing you may notice is the amount of hair you’ve grown on your legs and elsewhere. Before hitting the pool or beach, it’s time to get smooth again…it’s time to wax!

6/1/2016 - Measles Back in the News for Both Adults & Children
With the Arizona Department of Health Services confirming
numerous cases of measles in the state, it’s time to learn more to keep yourself and others safe.

5/1/2016 - Probiotics Promising but Not for Everyone
In recent years, probiotics have been widely touted as the way to a healthy digestive tract and immune system. Commonly known as good or healthy live bacteria and yeasts, the most common strains are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium and come in the form of both supplements and through foods with active live cultures like yogurt. Helpful as they sound, they are not for everyone.

4/1/2016 - Accessing Health Info Wherever You Are!
More and more interaction between patients, their insurance companies and doctors' offices will be happening via the internet.  Access to the most up-to-date information regarding benefits, drug formularies and in-network providers occurs on the internet thanks to the ability to dynamically post changes and additions.

3/1/2016 - Why Sunscreen Should be Your Daily Companion
As the weather warms up, it's important to remember to protect your skin from the sun!  Here are the answers to the most common questions patients ask Dr. Bird, Thunderbird IM's Board Certified Dermatologist, about sunscreen!

2/1/2016 - Hormone Replacement not the Only Remedy for Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are a common symptom for women going through peri-menopause and menopause.  Sometimes, these can be controlled by modifying behaviors like keeping a fan close by, adjusting the room temperature, or dressing in layers.  If the symptoms aren't severe these behavioral changes can be enough.  For others, the symptoms are more severe and require medication.

1/1/2016 - The Circle of Giving…Comes Right Back to You!
Volunteering is a great way to help others but you might not know there are possible health benefits for those who give their time and energy. Studies have shown that individuals who regularly volunteer – particularly older adults – have a lower incidence of health related illness and depression and generally feel healthier than those who do not.

12/1/2015 - Is the Pneumococcal Vaccine Right for Me?
Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus, is a common bacterium that often causes pneumonia leading to hospitalization. Each year, there are thousands of pneumococcal infections in the United States. People older than 65 and/or with chronic diseases that lower their immunity are at higher risk for pneumococcal infections. Pneumococcal vaccine (commonly known as the “pneumonia” vaccine) is the best way to help protect against the bacterial infection by reducing the cases of infection and by decreased the severity of the illness.

11/1/2015 - Pap Smear Key in Saving Lives
Cervical cancer was a major cause of death amongst women of childbearing age, as recently as the 1940s.  The Pap smear test was invented and named after the Greek physician Dr. Georgios Papanikolaou in 1928 however the significance of this test was not realized until much later in the 1940s.  Today, the Pap smear test is used worldwide to detect cervical cancer and other abnormal cells in the vagina. It is now recognized as one of the most successful cancer screening tests available in the market and is responsible for saving the lives of many women.

10/1/2015 - Regular Exercise Impacts All Areas of Well-Being!
We are all aware of the positive effect exercise can have when it comes to weight control and cardiovascular health, but are you aware of all the ways exercise can positively impact your health? When you partake in moderate daily activity – walking, stretching or light strength training during which you can talk without needing to catch your breath – the benefits are extensive and can touch every aspect of your life. It may even alleviate or help control many chronic medical problems.

9/1/2015 - All That Shakes is Not Parkinson's!
Patients are often referred to me because of an abnormal movement, the most common of which is tremor. By definition, tremor is a rhythmic and oscillatory movement that can occur during movement, at rest, or when a limb is held in a certain position. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, we need to categorize the abnormal movement (tremor). While the first thing that pops into patients’ (and doctors’) heads is Parkinson’s disease, that diagnosis isn’t always the case.

8/1/2015 - Hearing Aids Join the Wonderful World of Wireless!
Everything is going wireless, so why shouldn't the hearing aid?  Gone are the days of the old models that only increase the volume but did nothing to enhance the clarity of speech on television and varying tones of those talking to us on the phone and minimize extraneous sounds in noisy situations.  Now there's a new way to help those with hearing aids to hear more clearly and comfortably in each of these settings.

7/1/2015 - Because You Matter... Steps for Making Medical Visits Count!
Several years ago, Consumers Report surveyed hundreds of primary care doctors to find out what they'd like patients to know.  Thunderbird Internal Medicine has updates some of those findings in an effort to optimize the patient experience.

6/1/2015 - Help Yourself and Others through Clinical Research
Have you considered participating in a research trial? Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments.
By participating in a clinical trial, you get to contribute personally to the advancement of medical treatment. Most people agree it is a great feeling to help others and to have access to cutting edge medications.

5/1/2015 - DOs and MDs Share Thunderbird's Care-First Philosophy
Thunderbird Internal Medicine is proud to have a wonderful mix of physicians to serve our patients.  Of our more than 20 physicians, some are Medical Doctors (MDs) while others are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs).  If you've ever wondered what the differences are, hopefully this can help!

4/1/2015 - Understanding the How's and Why's of Taking Your Meds
April 1 - 7 is Medication Safety Week!
When used properly medications are generally safe and intended to treat specific ailments.  Their proper use includes taking only medicines your doctor prescribes, taking them as directed, knowing the name of your medications, storing them properly and keeping them out of the reach of children.

3/1/2015 - Measles Vaccine Recommended for Everyone
If you're wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to the measles, it might help to know that it's one of the most contagious diseases in the world.  This virus spreads by direct contact with airborne respiratory droplets meaning that you can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been.

2/1/2015 - Personalized Plan Restores Youthful Appearance
Looking youthful is a trend that never goes out of style, and full cheeks are a quintessential sign of youth and beauty.  Although some of us are lucky enough to be born with naturally high cheekbones, there are multiple ways to achieve a sculpted look if you're not one of them.

1/1/2015 - The Two Biggest Misconceptions about Hearing Aids
As an audiologist who works to fit people with hearing aids for almost 20 years, I have heard every excuse in the book as to why a person does not get hearing aids when they are recommended.  Here are two of the most common excuses and why they are not accurate.

12/1/2014 - Help Yourself by Boosting Immunity Through Flu Season
With the onset of flu season, maintaining your health is of the upmost importance.  The most obvious first line of defense is to get your annual flu vaccine, but this alone may not be enough to keep you healthy.

11/1/2014 - Weekend Sleep-Ins Can't Counter Sleep Deprivation
From improved skin to heart health, the importance of sleep cannot be overlooked as an essential tool to overall health and quality of life.  Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has become commonplace in today's ever busier culture.

10/1/2014 - Seasonal Allergies Nothing to Sneeze At
Seasonal allergies are common and typically to occur in the fall and spring.  A flare of allergy symptoms often times feels like a cold that just won't go away.

9/1/2014 - Brush Up On The Facts... Women Have Easier Time Reversing Hair Loss
Female hair loss is a common problem that will affect 1 in 3 women at least once in their lifetime.  Yet for many women, this condition may go untreated.

8/1/2014 - Beyond 'Senior Moments'... Diagnosing and Preventing Alzheimer's
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s are not identical for everyone. The disease is often missed early in its course being mistaken for “senior moments.” While it is true that we all have memory lapses as we age, the changes seen with Alzheimer’s are pervasive.

7/1/2014 - The Pressure of Diabetes
In 2012, US statistics revealed that 25.8 million people are living with diabetes.  Of these individuals, 25% will suffer a foot ulcer in their lifetime and 20% will require an amputation.

6/1/2014 - New Patient Portal Provides 24/7 Access
Thunderbird Internal Medicine is in the midst of a conversion to a new electronic medical record system called eClinicalWorks which moves billing, scheduling and medical records into one streamlined program. While no transition of this magnitude is seamless, we are excited with our progress and the enhancements in communication and record-keeping that it will offer our patients, providers and staff.

5/1/2014 - Get Up, Get Moving, and Get screened for Diabetes
Diabetes mellitus is a disorder which the body is not able to make enough insulin to jeep the blood sugar under control.  Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 8% of the US population, with as many as 25% to 40% of those remaining undiagnosed.

4/1/2014 - Shingles: An Overview of a Painful Rash
Herpes Zoster, or “Shingles,” is estimated to affect 32% of people. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who had chickenpox could develop Shingles.

3/1/2014 - Pillow talk: What your pillow might be saying
Many people buy new pillows every 6 to 12 months, not because the pillows were "cheap" but because the material started breaking down or was so discolored by the yellow haze of perspiration, that the pillows were simply thrown out.

2/1/2014 - Oh My Aching Back!
Have you ever suffered from back pain?  If so then you're not alone.  Back pain is one of the most common complaints that prompt someone to call their doctor's office.

1/1/2014 - How to control high triglycerides
If you're one of many individuals facing high triglyceride levels, the good news is that, for many, lifestyle changes can make a difference!

12/1/2013 - Assessing your bone fracture risk
By definition, osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by reduced bone strength leading to increased fracture risk.  According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 10 million people in the U.S. have this disease, with 8 million of those being female.

11/1/2013 - So you have a headache?
Headaches have been plaguing mankind since the beginnings of human history.  Learn about the different types and how they can be treated.

10/1/2013 - Compliance with Medication and Medical Advice
Medication compliance, or your ability to properly follow your provider’s instruction on medication therapy, plays a key role in the effectiveness of a patient’s overall treatment plan.

9/1/2013 - How to Protect Yourself from Whooping Cough
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness that causes uncontrollable coughing along with other respiratory symptoms.

7/1/2013 - Asthma- Getting Better Control
With a pro-active approach asthma can be a manageable condition.

6/1/2013 - Uncovering the Mysteries of Fad Diets
We examine some of the most popular and often misunderstood diets in the media today.

5/1/2013 - Communicating Better with Your Hearing-Impaired Friends and Family
“What?”  Do you hear that phrase often from your spouse or other family or friends?  If so, here are some things you can do to help ease frustration on both sides. 

4/1/2013 - Watching Your Weight to Manage CHF
Congestive heart failure is a general term used to describe the state in which the heart cannot meet the demands of blood and oxygen supply for the body.

3/20/2013 - Is There a Tie Between Hearing Loss and Dementia?
Correcting your hearing deficit may help you reduce your risk of dementia.

2/1/2013 - Antibiotic Overuse a Growing Problem
Over prescribing and misuse of antibiotics is becoming a global health problem putting patients at risk for complications.

1/1/2013 - Correct Foot Pain Diagnosis Can Make the Difference
Plantar fasciitis is a common enough term for people who have had their share of foot problems. But it’s incorrect. Recent studies have shown that much of the heel and foot pain we think we know as plantar fasciitis is actually plantar fasciosis.

12/1/2012 - Thunderbird Internal Medicine is Moving Forward!
Thunderbird Internal Medicine is committed to continually enhancing our services, improving our infrastructure, and growing as a company in order to thrive in whatever conditions the future might hold.

11/1/2012 - Nutrition Label Reading 101
Learning how to read a food label will help to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet.  This process can be tricky in the beginning, so first try looking for one or two specific nutrients that apply to your goals. 

10/1/2012 - Indian School Road office hosts open house!
Our Indian School Road Office located at 9150 W. Indian School Rd Suite #118, the office now has three board certified physicians: Grace Yu, MD, Mindy Tatera, MD and 
Daniel Schlosser, MD.

9/1/2012 - What's a carb? Learning about nutrition and diabetes
What’s a “good carb”? What’s a “bad carb”? Should I follow a low carbohydrate diet? These are common questions from diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

8/1/2012 - Addressing the Symptoms of GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux, which is also known as acid refl ux, is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in America.

7/1/2012 - High Blood Pressure: “The Silent Killer”
Despite the lack of symptoms, over time Hypertension causes damage to blood vessels and increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, eye disease and peripheral vascular disease.

6/1/2012 - Advancements in Foot & Ankle Surgery
Over the last two decades, signifi cant advancements have been made in nearly every area of foot surgery.

5/1/2012 - Skin Cancer
Unlike other cancers that grow inside the body, skin cancers arise where they can be detected and treated early.

4/12/2012 - Cholesterol... Not Just a Number!
When most people talk about high cholesterol, they mean elevated total cholesterol greater than 200. But the total cholesterol number does not tell the whole story.

3/1/2012 - A Few Things You Need to Know About Valley Fever
Most people who live in teh Valley of the Sun have heard of Valley Fever, but surprisingly few people, even lifelong residents, know much about it.

2/1/2012 - Personalized Orthotics: One Key to Addressing Foot Pain
Orthotics are not always needed. Better, more supportive shoes or over-the-counter arch supports and increased cushion can often do wonders for foot pain.

1/1/2012 - Thunderbird Transitioning to a Patient Centered Medical Home
One model that has been proven to be effective in promoting patient health, safety and satisfaction is the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Thunderbird Internal Medicine excited to be involved in making the transition to this model.

12/1/2011 - Early Diagnosis Key for Osteoporosis... by Dr Sherri Thomas
Many patients with osteoporosis have the same experience... neither they nor their physicians know they have osteoporosis until they break a wrist, hip or vertebra doing something as simple as weeding their garden or tripping over the bathroom rug.

11/1/2011 - Shingles Vaccine Wise Choice for Adults...
Are you at risk of illnesses that could be prevented? Many Americans are felled by illnesses that could otherwise be prevented through use of vaccines.

10/1/2011 - Help! I’m Feeling Irritable...
IBS is the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition, affecting an estimated 10-20% of the general population. Approximately 50% of cases are diagnosed prior to age 35 and twice as many women as men are affected.

9/11/2011 - New Recommendations for HIV Screening
HIV has been around since the early 1980's. Although considerable progress with regard to testing and treatment has been made and HIV is no longer the rapidly fatal disease that is used to be, it is still present and a major health risk.

8/1/2011 - What Every Fidgety Person Should Know
This article addresses the fidgeters - people who have difficulty sitting still due to an urge to move their legs or arms, sometimes associated with sensations of pain, tingling, or achiness.

7/1/2011 - Prostate Cancer Screening, To Do or Not To Do?
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer of men in the United States.

6/1/2011 - Sleep: Recharging your "Brain Battery"
Assuming you are aware that you often feel dead bone tired, you certainly want to fix it - but how? That depends on what is getting in the way of your nightly "brain battery charge" - i.e., your sleep.

5/1/2011 - Sinus Infections... Why Antibiotics are Not Always the Answer
Sinus infections are very rarely caused by a bacteria and instead are mostly due to a complication of viral sinusitis. This article also contains information related to the importance of screening starting at age 50.

4/1/2011 - Health Tips for the Traveler (Part 2)
Tropical Diseases

3/1/2011 - Health Tips for the Traveler (Part 1)
If you plan on international travel in the coming months, you’ve probably been busy arranging air travel, updating your passport, checking visa requirements, etc. It’s important not to forget an important aspect of travel…your health.

2/1/2011 - Cold or Flu? What to Do?
Learn the differences and treatments for both the common cold and Influenza (the flu.)

1/1/2011 - Dead Bone Tired and Don’t Even Know It!
Insomnia, which is defined as having sleeping difficulties, is often not recognized by a broader range of the population. The reason is that the focus is all too often on falling asleep, which ignores the function of sleep: the recharging or the refueling from the day’s wear and tear.

12/1/2010 - The Growing Popularity of Vitamin D
A fat soluble vitamin that is essential to good health, Vitamin D has been receiving great press of late, thought to help prevent heart disease, certain cancers, and autoimmune diseases.

11/1/2010 - What Snorers Should Know
Most snorers do not have an underlying serious medical disorder like sleep apnea, but it is crucial to note that most patients with sleep apnea do snore.

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