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Halloween Safety
October 27, 2014

Halloween is here again! The holiday where kids (and some adults) everywhere can dress up in costume, go to costume Halloween Saftey Tips | SIMED Healthparties, enjoy trick or treating and eat all that wonderful candy. But as with every holiday, there are precautions we must take to ensure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.  

With all of the fun that is involved with Halloween, it is easy to get side tracked and overlook some safety guidelines that will help us all have a safe holiday. Costumes, trick or treating, and candy all have some dangers that can easily be avoided by taking the proper safety measures.  

The CDC offer’s these safety tips to help ensure we have a safe holiday.

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Remember that some treats or candies can also cause some allergic reactions especially the ones containing nuts. Please check all the treats you or your kids might consume. If you’re not sure what allergies you or your child might have it is best to consult your local SIMED Provider and possibly get an allergy test conducted at an Allergy & Asthma. To set up an appointment with one of our providers please contact us at (352) 224-2200 or click here to request an appointment online.

Women, Genes, and Breast Cancer - The Short Story
October 14, 2014
SIMED Women's Health | Linda Grover, MDSIMED Women's Health physician Linda Grover, M.D. sheds some light on how family history and genetics can affect your health regarding breast cancer.

Do you have a positive family history of breast cancer? What should you know?

Actually, most breast cancers in the USA are not known to be caused or associated with a genetic mutation (an abnormal change in your genes). Breast cancer is just very common in the USA. It is estimated from birth to death an American female has a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer in her life. But it is important to tell your doctor about your family history and if the information is available tell them about any genetic information given to you by that relative. Correct lifestyle choices and maintaining your general health are always your basic first steps to avoid an encounter with cancer.

But what about all those stories about gene mutation?

About 5-10% of breast cancers are linked to gene mutations. The starting point and defects that cover most known breast cancer genetic mutations are BRACA1 and BRACA2. Both mutations make the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer higher. By the age of 70, women carrying a BRACA1 mutation have a 60% risk of having breast cancer and the BRACA2 carriers have a 55% risk of developing breast cancer. The onset of breast cancer is much younger in these patients. The mean age of breast cancer diagnosis for BRACA1 is 43 years of age and for BRACA2 is 47 years of age. Even the rates at which the patient's other


Mammograms and Breast Cancer Awareness
October 1, 2014
SIMED Health | Imaging & Diagnostics | North Central FloridaBreast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignancies in American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. SIMED Board Certified Radiologist Heather Carpenter, MD gives us some insight on how being consistent with your screenings and how having regular mammograms can reduce your risk.

It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Studies have shown that the combination of a clinical breast examination and screening mammography has increased breast cancer detection rates and the number of cancers detected at earlier stages, thus lowering the rate of breast cancer deaths among women ages 40 to 74.  Screening mammograms are used to check for breast cancer in women who have no sign or symptoms of the disease.  In a screening mammogram, two pictures requiring very small doses of radiation are taken of each breast and interpreted by a radiologist. Please talk with your doctor about the benefits and harms of mammography, when to start screening, and how often to be screened.

At SIMED Imaging & Diagnostics we are an ACR certified to provide screening mammography. For more information please contact your SIMED provider to see what is the right approach for your health.

SIMED Patient Portal
June 2, 2014
The SIMED Patient Portal is a unique way for you to view you health information, request appointments, request prescription refills or search for billing information on your patient account all at the click of a button.  The Patient Portal is secure and contains your health information from all of your SIMED doctors. You can even download and print out your health information from the comfort of your own home.

To begin using the Patient Portal you will need to visit your SIMED physician's office and request your PIN#.  PIN numbers are unique and may only be used once to setup your personal portal account.  For security reasons, and to ensure that only you have access to your portal account, PIN numbers may not be given over the phone or via email.

Once you have your PIN# you can click on the
PATIENT PORTAL link here or on the button found on the right hand side of this website to register.

We've put together this brief video to show you some of the things you can do with your new patient portal account.


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