November Patient Newsletter Orange County


Why RSV is Exploding And What Parents Can Do About It

News outlets have reported over the last month, that pediatric hospitals across the country are seeing record-setting occupancy levels. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nationally, pediatric bed occupancy was at the highest it has been in two years, with nearly 75% of beds filled on average over the last week. The influx of patients was because of a spike in respiratory virus cases in children, particularly respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.  RSV infects the body’s respiratory system and causes cold-like symptoms in most people but can make it very difficult for babies and young children to breathe. The virus can cause inflammation of the throat, lethargy, radically diminished energy, and low oxygen levels that can become life-threatening. The congestion that accompanies RSV also affects a baby’s ability to eat. Symptoms include fever, runny nose and coughing. 

RSV is not new but many of these young children have been relatively protected from many infections by the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as masking and physical distancing, so they have not developed immunity to viruses like RSV yet. Parents and other family members can help reduce the risk by getting the flu vaccine.  

No appointment necessary for your flu shot and still available at all locations while supplies last.
 
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Upcoming Event Calendar for Medicare Open Enrollment

The 2023 Medicare Annual Election Period runs until December 7th. Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. Now is the time to review if your current plan will still meet your needs in 2023.

If you are interested in reviewing the Medicare health plan options that our group will be accepting, please call our office at 714-646-8058 or email and we will arrange a complimentary consultation with a Medicare professional at any our office locations to meet you in-person or by phone if you prefer! We will also be hosting on-site events during open enrollment on the following dates and locations:

Medicare Annual Election Period Open House events:

Caduceus at the Packing House in Yorba Linda-
Thursday, November 10th 10-2
Thursday, December 1st 10-2 
Caduceus Jamboree in Irvine-
Wednesday, November 9th 9-1
Caduceus on Thalia in Laguna Beach-
Wednesday, November 16th 9-1

A Medicare representative will be on-site to provide complimentary consultations. Email or call 714-646-8058 to reserve a spot for your consult. View our event calendar
Hypnotherapy + Habit Control 

Did you know that in order to successfully quit a bad habit, you need to have a healthy habit to replace it? Habits are established at the subconscious level and are self-soothing; however, these habits can sometimes end up with secondary, negative consequences. 
 
These habits can be smoking, vaping, or the overuse of food, alcohol, and even screentime. There are behavioral habits, too, such as nail biting, hair pulling, or skin picking. You may have formed mental habits like overthinking, bad thinking, or procrastinating. While these bad habits may make you feel good in the moment, they can lead to unintended consequences like low self image, health issues, damaged relationships and so on.
 
In hypnotherapy, we want to create healthy habits to replace the bad habits while also satisfying the need without the negative consequence. The goal is to stop doing ABC and do XYZ instead. However, the only way hypnosis will help is if you're ready and wanting the change. 
 
In the initial session, you and the hypnotherapist will determine what your bad habits are and their triggers. What are you getting from the behavior you want to quit? What do you wish to get from the behavior you aren’t doing? You may vape to calm nerves, but in reality it’s damaging your health. 
 
During hypnosis, your body is relaxed and the subconscious is in a more suggestive state. With the help of a hypnotherapist, you can implement those healthier, more positive habits into the subconscious. 
 
You could see results in as quick as one session! But, you will need to use these new healthy habits and techniques consistently in order to see real change. It’s also common for people to come back for a reinforcement session or to address a different situation or habit.
 
The holidays are upon us and they can be stressful for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. With an influx of family time and rushing to meet end of the year goals, you may notice an uptick in your bad habits. Don’t wait until 2023 to kick those bad habits to the curb! Prioritize your mental health this holiday season with new healthy habits!  Learn more.

Our community behavioral health affiliate, Chiron Psychological Inc., is here to help!  Call 714-646-8034 to discuss how hypnosis may be an effective therapy. 

American Diabetes Month

More than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes and 1 in 5 don't know they have it.  People with diabetes are also at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious complications like kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of a toe, foot, or leg, and spend much more on health care and miss more workdays compared to non-type 2 diabetics.

Some people are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes, including those who:
-Are overweight or have obesity.
-Are age 45 or older.
-Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes.
-Are physically active less than 3 times a week.
-Had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds.
-Are an African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, or Asian American person.

Review the bio for Caduceus endocrinologist Dr. Michael Tran.  If your health plan requires a referral, reserve an appointment with your PCP. 
 
Reserve an Appointment with Dr. Michael Tran

Current 2022 Caduceus Screening and Testing Guidelines

Our physicians, Medical Director Nathaniel DeNicola MD, and Chief Medical Officer Gregg DeNicola MD recommend the following medical screenings and testing for our patients this year:

ROUTINE LAB TESTING-

Ages 21,30,35, and every other year between 40 and 50, and annually over 50. (including lipids, A1C, PSA, thyroid, blood count and general chemistries).

PAP SMEARS-

Age 21, then ACOG guidelines: Age 21-29: Pap every 3 years, HPV not recommended.

Age 30-65: Pap & HPV every five years.

MAMMOGRAMS-

Every other year starting at age 40 until age 50 and then annually. Acceptable to stop at age 75.

COLONOSCOPY-

Every 10 years beginning at age 45. Acceptable to stop at age 75.

DEXASCAN-

In females every 1-2 years after menopause or age 50, whichever is first.

ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM-

Screening abdominal ultrasound for men ages 65-75 with a history of tobacco use.

SKIN CHECKS-

Annually if you are a high risk (otherwise it will be part of your annual physical exam)- History of severe atypia, personal history of skin cancer, first degree relative with melanoma, history of prolonged sun exposure or sunburns, fair skin, blonde/red hair or blue/green eyes.