97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Norovirus 101

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Norovirus 101

Cold and Flu season is officially here.  But what do flu symptoms encompass?   Is the flu the same as the stomach bug?   And what is this Norovirus?  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses what the Norovirus is and what you can do to protect yourself.

What is the Norovirus?

The Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea.  Anyone can get the norovirus from having direct contact with someone who has it, consuming contaminated food or water, or touching your face after touching a contaminated surface.

Is the Norovirus the same as the flu?

According to the CDC, norovirus and flu may share some symptoms, but the flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus, not norovirus.

When are you contagious?

Individuals can be contagious hours before they develop norovirus symptoms lasting until a few days after the symptoms have stopped.

What are the symptoms of norovirus?

Most people who get sick from norovirus will experience diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain.

How to prevent the norovirus from spreading

  • Wash your hands
  • Handle and prepare food safely
  • Use gloves and even a mask when cleaning or handling items that have been contaminated
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces using a bleach-based household cleaner
  • Wash laundry thoroughly with hot water and laundry detergent

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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Prenatal Care

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Prenatal Care 

Aired 11/26/2018

You’ve taken a pregnancy test and it’s positive.  Once the news has started to settle in, what happens now?   Do I wait until I am further along to go to call and schedule a doctor’s appointment?   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of prenatal care.

Prenatal care is important for all women even if you’ve been pregnant before and feel great.  According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,” Women who receive prenatal care have fewer problems with pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period than women who don’t receive prenatal care.”

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is medical care you receive during pregnancy.  Your healthcare provider will check on you and your growing baby at each visit.

When should I schedule my first appointment?

Be sure to schedule your first prenatal care appointment as soon as you think you’re pregnant.  Your provider will make sure you’re healthy along with providing you with your due date.   Even if this is not your first pregnancy and you seem to be feeling ‘normal’ prenatal care is essential to ensure you have a healthy 9 months.

This is my first pregnancy, where do I go for prenatal care?

It is important to find a healthcare provider for your prenatal visits you are comfortable with.  If you are not sure of where to go, contact your regular doctor’s office and they should provide you with a few local options to call for an appointment.   It is really important to ensure the healthcare provider will accept your insurance or offer options or assistance if you are uninsured.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network

CFCN has an Obstetrics and Gynecology office in Niles and accepts patients that are covered by Michigan Medicaid or do not have health insurance.   For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 683-0300.

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For more information on prenatal care, for to www.michigan.gov/mdhhs

97.5 Y- Country Medical Minute – Vehicle Winter Survival Kit

 

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Vehicle Winter Survival Kit

Aired: 11.19.2018

Even though the official start of winter isn’t until December, winter has made an early appearance here in Michigan.  It’s never too early to prepare your vehicle winter survival kit.   In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses helpful hints on what to include in your vehicle winter survival kit.

  • Extra hat, socks, mittens, and boots
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Hand and foot warmers
  • Water
  • Necessary medications
  • Snack food including energy bars, raisins, and mini candy bars
  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Booster cables
  • First aid kit with a pocket knife
  • Matches and small candles
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • Battery operated cell phone charger

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Beat the Holiday Blues

97.5 Y- Country Medical Minute – Beat the Holiday Blues

Aired: 11.12.2018

For some, the holidays are a joyous time where family and friends gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Years.  For others, the holiday season can be extremely stressful and can trigger depression for a number of reasons.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses helpful hints on how to beat those holiday blues.

  • Limit Alcohol – Consumption of alcoholic beverages may affect mood negatively.
  • Get Plenty of Sleep – Try to sleep for at least 8 hours each night.
  • Learn to say ‘No’.   Overscheduling can increase chances for stress and anxiety.
  • Be open to new traditions – If gathering with friends and family is not on your holiday list year, consider beginning a new tradition and volunteer in the community.
  • Exercise regularly – Even if only for 10 minutes a day, exercise is great for the physical and mental health.
  • Avoid Overeating – Prepare yourself to eat smaller portions, eat fruits and vegetables, and forgo a ton of sweets this holiday season.

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CFCN Receives Community Service Award

Pictured from L to R: Stacey, Diane, Mary Geegan Middleton, and Shirley.

CFCN Receives Community Service Award 

Cassopolis, MI, November 8, 2018 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) is the recipient of the Region IV Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (AAA) 2018 Community Service Award.

On Thursday, November 1st, Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO of CFCN accepted the award on behalf of the board of directors, administration, providers, and staff at the AAA annual meeting in St. Joseph, MI.  “I am delighted to present the Community Service Award to Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.  They have been providing primary care services to the community since 1964 and are currently building a new Community Health Center facility in Niles – Niles Community Health Center.  I present this award in appreciation for CFCN’s extended service in Cass and southeast Berrien counties and collaboration with AAA to empower adults in self-management of chronic illness,” stated Lynn Kellogg, CEO of Region IV Area Agency on Aging.

“We are honored to accept this award which highlights the excellent work of our Community Health Workers.  They enjoy working with our patients as they learn new ways to improve their health,” says Middleton.

CFCN provides comprehensive primary care, dental, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for people of all ages who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare along with most commercial insurances.

CFCN is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center. To learn more about Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, www.cassfamilyclinic.org.

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Safe Sleeping for Infants

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Safe Sleeping for Infants

Aired 11/5/2018

This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on keeping your infant safe while sleeping.

Safe Sleeping Tips

  • Ensure baby always sleeps alone
  • Always place baby on their back when laying them down to sleep
  • Baby should always sleep in their crib or a pack and play
  • Do not overdress baby
  • Do not place toys, blankets, pillows, or crib decorations in the baby’s sleep area.

Don’t have a safe sleeping option for your infant?

If you reside in Cass County and do not have a safe sleep option for your child, please contact the Cass County Youth Council or the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.   For Berrien County residents, please contact the Berrien County Health Department.

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