Anticoagulation Use

Posted on July 12, 2020 by in Medical Conditions

Working with you to give you the best medical care possible. Anticoagulation and anti-platelet medications Anticoagulation medications, or blood thinners, are medications used to decrease the ability of blood to clot. They are used to stop blood clots from enlarging and to stop formation of new clots. They are used in medical conditions where a

Screening Recommendations

Posted on July 12, 2020 by in Preventative Health and Screening

COLON SCREENING RECOMMENDATIONS Colorectal cancer screening is recommended in adults with average risk of colorectal cancer from the age of 50 through age 75. There are several options for screening, including colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and stool-based tests such as the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT). For those with a family

What to Know About Shingles

Posted on July 12, 2020 by in Medical Conditions

Ever heard of shingles? Ever had it? Each year, about 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition and it is estimated that 1 in 3 will experience it in their lifetime. Shingles is reactivation of the chicken pox virus and typically affects older individuals, especially those over age 60. I find myself being asked

Adult Immunization

Posted on July 12, 2020 by in Preventative Health and Screening

Below is a list of the most common vaccines currently recommended for our patients. Click the link labeled [pdf] to learn more. INFLUENZA VACCINE Influenza vaccine is recommended yearly for all adults in the fall or winter. The vaccine may be given as soon as it becomes available. [pdf] PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE There are two types of

COVID-19 Easing

Posted on May 21, 2020 by in Preventative Action

The past several weeks have been exceptionally challenging for everyone. It is difficult to understate the impact that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had on our lives. Starting May 15th many of us will see the easing of restrictions on how we go about our days. The reopening process in Oregon is happening at the

Coronavirus Update

Posted on February 28, 2020 by in Preventative Action

Providers at Pacific Medical Group (PMG) continue to see high levels of flu and other viral illnesses, consistent with national trends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipates that this will continue for several more weeks. This flu season has been complicated by a new, or novel coronavirus, which has spread worldwide. The

Flu Season is Hitting Hard

Posted on November 7, 2019 by in Preventative Action

Cold and flu season is here and it has hit hard. Each year in the United States alone, there are 1 billion cases of the common cold. Yes, a billion. It is average for a child under five years of age to have five to seven episodes of the common cold per year; adults typically

2019 Flu Season

Posted on October 4, 2019 by in Preventative Action

Flu season is upon us and so are our efforts to protect our communities with flu vaccines. Primary care offices have received their stocks and vaccines are also available at our local pharmacies. This is an important time of year to talk with your doctor about ways to reduce the spread of flu and other

The Best Salad Ever

Posted on August 15, 2019 by in Preventative Action

Let’s face it – we all struggle to eat healthy, fresh food. Studies shows that 90% of Americans eat too much salt and 90% don’t eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. We must do better! In discussing low-salt diets with my patients, I find that most people aren’t over-salting their foods with a

Summer Activities and Accident Prevention

Posted on June 27, 2019 by in Preventative Action

Summer means warm, sunny weather and more people out walking, running, biking, and doing the things we love. This also means more people sharing our roads, and the potential for serious accidents. In the past year in Clackamas County and our surrounding areas there have been numerous bicycle versus motor vehicle and pedestrian versus motor