from Summer 2012…

Out of the Starting Gate!

Our newest physician, Dr. Helen Lyon, began in May and is already making a difference in your health and in her community. Dr. Lyon just completed a 50-mile bicycle ride in support of Best Buddies International with her family raising over $3700!

Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Congratulations Dr. Lyon, and Thank you!

E X P A N S I O N !!

Just like the families and children that we serve, we are also growing! We have added 1700 square feet of space to our office and now have 6 more exam rooms, a new patient bathroom, more waiting area, an expanded lab, and some extra office space that we need in order to increase our care and referral coordination so that we can better serve you when you need our help. And the additional 6 exam rooms means that families will be spending less time in our Hospitality Suite (er…Waiting Room). The additional rooms also enable us to welcome Helen Lyon, MD (see her Bio) to our office! Helen is joining our practice after working in a primary care practice in Quincy, and is a native to our area.

In the photo, we have some finishing touches being put into place prior to using the new wing!

Read Bianca posts about the NSTAR Low-income Discount and Local Group Therapy Classes.

Wareham & Plymouth announce their summer lunch programs. Read Bianca’s Board details here.

SUN SAFETY WEEK

OK, honestly, Sun Safety Week was earlier this summer, but NOW the sun is shining!! So keep reading about how to keep your child safe from the sun!

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in March of 2011, released its latest recommendations on limiting sun exposure in children. They also supported legislation that prohibits tanning salons for minors.

Education about UV radiation is important for all children, but especially for those children who are at high risk for developing skin cancer: those with light eyes and skin, those who freckle and burn easily, and those with a family history of melanoma.

UVA radiation does not burn skin like UVB radiation does, and we are still learning about whether or not it causes or contributes to skin cancer. We do know that UVA radiation penetrates skin deeper and cause premature aging (which is to say, it causes wrinkling of your skin).

Peak sun radiation time is about 10 am to 4 pm, so this is a 6 hour window when we should try to minimize exposure. Important steps include the use of hats and clothing, applying sunscreen, and wearing sunglasses. Infants under 6 months old, with their VERY sensitive skin, should really be kept out of direct sunlight, and dressed in lightweight long pants, long sleeve shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the head and neck.

For children over 6 months, covering up is still a great defense. Brimmed hats, baseball hats with the bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for labels that say the sunglasses block 97-100% of BOTH UVA and UVB rays), and tight weave cotton clothing.

Sunscreen should be labelled as SPF 15 or greater and protect against BOTH UVA and UVB. There are new product labeling rules about this, and you should find that the labels now say “broad-spectrum” – that means it will screen out both UVB and UVA rays. There is a new UVA “star” system, with one star providing the lowest protection and four stars providing the highest UVA protection. Make sure that enough sunscreen is applied. The general rule is that an adult or adolescent needs one ounce of lotion or cream Remember to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating. It is also important to remember that water, sand, concrete, and snow all reflect UV rays and this can result in a quicker sunburn! Oftentimes we see people putting their sunscreen on once they are already outside in the sun, but we should apply it about 30 minutes before sun exposure to give the sunscreen time to bind and absorb into the skin.

Tanning salons can add a whole other level of danger, as the intensity of the cancer causing ultraviolet radiation in some tanning units can be 10 to 15 times higher than midday sun! The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all support legislation that prohibits use of tanning salons and other artificial tanning devices by children under 18 years old.