Healthy & Happy
June, 2014 - Issue #116
Feel Fit and Look Fabulous
Meet your Newest Training Partners
at Free Weekly Running/Walking Meet Ups

Every Thursday at 5:30pm and every Saturday at 7am, runners and walkers gather at Runners Lane for a good time and a great run. On Thursdays, the group does a three-to-five mile run/walk. Snacks and water are made available after. On Saturday, the marathon training group assembles and logs in anywhere from three to 20 miles. Any gathering is open to anyone of any level; walkers can come, too! This is a great way to run/walk safe, make a commitment you'll stick with and meet new people. 260-3368

Two Women-centered Doctors, One Convenient Office
When a woman is struggling with infertility or concern about the shape, size and function of her most private of parts, she wants to talk to someone who really understands. That's why Dr. Courtenay Poucher, owner of the Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita (312-0497), and Dr. Catherine M. DeUgarte of the Pacific Fertility Center of Santa Clarita (310-209-7700), have joined together to serve SCV's population of moms, moms to be and women everywhere.

Dr. Poucher performs female genital cosmetic surgery and works with all of her patients to educate and enlighten them on the various procedures she performs, which address function as well as appearance. Dr. DeUgarte is double board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her specialties include preimplantation genetic diagnosis, male and female infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and female sexual dysfunction.

These dedicated, approachable and well-respected physicians are available by appointment at their shared office in Valencia.

Henry Mayo Receives Gold Award for Stroke Care
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

This program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Henry Mayo earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Henry Mayo also received the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Under these guidelines, Henry Mayo's staff implements prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients' individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Get Slim without the Gym
ForeverSlim is an exclusive custom software program that specializes in area-specific body sculpting through the use of skin-contact electrodes. The electrodes deliver waves of pulses with a repetitive variable pulse frequency to specific targeted areas to sculpt and reshape the body. These pulse waves produce rhythmic, powerful muscle contractions that result in proven and rapid fat reduction. Local clients have lost a full pant size in as few as eight treatments - it works. (We've seen the pictures!). ForeverSlim by Lorrie is a doctor-recommended, FDA-approved therapy with no side effects, but only health benefits. Finally eliminate those flabby arms and create six-pack abs without daily dedication to the gym. Right now, get one free session free when you purchase three.

Children's Dental Care
The What, the When and the How
Many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their kids need. They know they want to prevent cavities, but they don't always know the best way to do so.
When Should Dental Care Start?

Running a damp washcloth over a baby's gums daily will help clear away harmful bacteria. Parents can brush kids' teeth as they come in with an infant toothbrush, using water with just a smear of toothpaste until about age 2.

Around age 2, most kids can spit while brushing. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, with supervision, until around age 5.

Even babies can develop tooth decay if good feeding habits aren't practiced. Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle might be convenient but can harm the baby's teeth. When the sugars from juice or milk remain on a baby's teeth for hours, they can eat away at the enamel, creating a condition known as bottle mouth. Pocked, pitted or discolored front teeth are signs of bottle mouth. Severe cases result in cavities and the need to pull all of the front teeth until the permanent ones grow in.

Parents and childcare providers should help young kids set specific times for drinking each day because sucking on a bottle throughout the day can be equally damaging to young teeth.

Regular use of fluoride toughens the enamel, making it more difficult for acid to penetrate. If your water supply is not fluoridated or if your family uses purified water, ask your dentist about fluoride supplements. Be careful, however, since too much fluoride can cause tooth discoloration.

Brushing at least twice a day and routine flossing will help maintain a healthy mouth. Parents should always make sure that kids spit out the toothpaste instead of swallowing.

As your child's permanent teeth grow in, the dentist can help seal out decay by applying a thin wash of resin to the back teeth, where most chewing occurs. Known as a sealant, this protective coating keeps bacteria from settling in the hard-to-reach crevices of the molars.

As kids grow older, their bite and the straightness of their teeth can become an issue. Orthodontic treatment begins earlier now than it used to, but what once was a symbol of preteen embarrassment - a mouth filled with metal wires and braces - is a relic of the past. Kids as young as age 7 now sport corrective appliances and efficient, plastic-based materials have replaced old-fashioned metal.

Dentists know that manipulation of teeth at a younger age can be easier and more effective in the long run. Younger children's teeth can be positioned with relatively minor orthodontia, thus preventing major orthodontia later on. Valencia Dental Arts 799-9989
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