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Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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Memorial Day FastMed

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, as you plan you and your family’s activities, take time to reflect on the liberties and freedom we all share due to those people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces and be thankful for their sacrifice. This is an important holiday, whose meaning should never be forgotten.

Be safe and healthy! FastMed is here for you 365 days a year including Memorial Day!

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American Heart Association and FastMed Urgent Care Team Up for Cardiovascular Health

American Heart Association and FastMed Urgent Care Team Up

American Heart Association and FastMed Urgent Care have Teamed up for Cardiovascular Health in the fight against the state’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death, heart disease and stroke.

Save the date, register to participate and tell a friend by sharing this page!

FastMed is sponsoring and attending Heart Walk and Heart Chase events throughout 2015. Here are a list of current events by date. Check back frequently for updates!

Event Name City State Event Date
Heart Walk 2014-2015 Wilson Area, NC Wilson NC 4/25/2015
Heart Walk 2014-2015 Guilford County, NC Greensboro NC 5/16/2015
Heart Chase 2014-2015 Johnston NC Clayton NC 5/16/2015
Heart Walk 2015-2016 Charlotte, NC Charlotte NC 9/19/2015
Heart Walk 2015-2016 Triangle, NC Raleigh NC 9/27/2015
Heart Walk 2015-2016 Twin Counties, NC Rocky Mount NC 10/3/2015
Heart Walk 2015-2016 Sandhills Heartwalk Fayetteville NC 10/10/2015
Heart Walk 2015-2016 Tanglewood, NC Clemmons NC 10/17/2015
HeartWalk DownEast 2015-2016 Greenville NC 10/24/2015

Measles: A History

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Measles. When most of us hear that word, we think of Little House on the Prairie or A Christmas Story, or perhaps Oliver Twist — stories, in other words, of children from a time long past, one in which childhood infectious diseases like measles or mumps were common and no cures had been found. We probably think this way because measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in the year 2000. 

But measles is back. Though it is still considered eliminated according to the technical definition, and the incidence of the disease is very low, it is making a return; there were 37 cases in 2004, and 668 in 2014. That’s 1800% growth! 

The MMR vaccine is the only effective measles deterrent, but a little bit of education also goes a long way. So FastMed would like to offer you…(drumroll, please)… The history of measles! 

Pre-20th Century

  • We don’t know how far back in human history measles dates, but there are written accounts of it as long ago as the 9th century.
  • It was so common in America in the 1950s that most children got the disease before the age of 15.

20th Century

  • Measles was both widespread and dangerous; in the decade after 1912, the first year in which the U.S. government tracked the number of cases of the disease, it caused an average of 6,000 deaths per year. 
  • A measles vaccine became available in 1963, and the CDC began to recommend vaccination for all children.
  • In 1989, an outbreak of measles prompted the recommendation that children receive a second round of vaccination.

Present Day

Recurrences of infectious diseases like measles are linked to unvaccinated people. Luckily, your local FastMed can provide you with a vaccine quickly and easily — no appointment necessary! If you or your children need the MMR or any other vaccine, head on in and see us. Your health (and the health of our communities) depends on it.

FastMed Reviews the Benefits of Laughter

Victor Hugo once said “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Charlie Chaplin believed that “a day without laughter is a day wasted.” Dr. Madan Kataria, India’s ‘Guru of Giggling’ and founder of the Laughter Yoga movement, notes that, “I have not seen anyone dying of laughter, but I know millions who are dying because they are not laughing.”

It’s true! Laughing isn’t just good for your soul; it’s good for your body, too. Here are nine ways laughter can improve your life:

1)    It can decrease your stress hormones. Research has shown that laughing can lower your stress hormones, including cortisol, epinephrine, and dopac. Even just the anticipation of laughter can provide benefits!

2)    It’s good for your heart. People with heart disease are (perhaps understandably) 40% less likely to laugh than those without heart disease, and other studies have examined the beneficial effects of laughter for reducing inflammation in the major arteries.

3)    It increases your good cholesterol. One study found that incorporating mirthful laughter into diabetes care raised HDL (the ‘good cholesterol’) and lowered inflammation.

4)    It’s exercise! Laughing forces your muscles to work. You increase your oxygen intake, which stimulates your muscles and heart, and even offers some of the same benefits as exercise.

5)    It fights diseases. Laughing lowers your stress hormones, and that leads to a domino effect of positive benefits. It also increases the number of natural killer cells: white blood cells that attack cancer cells.

6)    People like and trust you more. Unsurprisingly, people who laugh frequently are perceived as friendlier and more likable. This can help you bond with friends and family – and get all the benefits that go along with it.

7)    It makes you a better worker. Laughter has been shown to increase productivity and creativity. A Canadian study found that managers who used humor saw better performance from their employees.

8)    You’ll have a better marriage. Couples who laugh together report an immediate increase in relationship satisfaction, but it goes beyond that moment. Research shows that just reminiscing about times you’ve laughed with your significant other can make you feel happier with your relationship.

9)    It helps you sleep. Japanese researchers found that women who watched a funny movie in the evening had increased melatonin compared to women who watched a video about weather. Melatonin helps to control your sleep cycles, and has even been used as a treatment for insomnia.

To help you experience the many benefits of laughter, FastMed has put together some of our favorite pictures. We bet you’ll crack a smile – and even if you don’t, the anticipation is good for you, too!

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FastMed Reviews Common Health Myths

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Unfortunately, you have to do more than eat just one apple each day to stay healthy. FastMed reviews some of the most common health myths, so you can make choices based on science rather than superstition!

Myth 1: You should drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Fact: You may need even more water than that! The amount of water your body needs depends on many factors, including the amount of exercise you do, how hot it is outside, your gender, your weight, and whether or not you’re sick or may be getting sick. WebMD recommends a half ounce to an ounce of water per day for every pound you weigh. The Institute of Medicine states that men should ingest 3.7 liters (15.6 cups) of water per day, and women should get 2.7 liters (11.4 cups) of water per day through drinking water and water found in foods.

Myth 2: You can catch a cold from playing in the rain or going outside with wet hair.

Fact: The common cold is a virus. You can only catch a cold from another person who is infected with the virus, or by coming into contact with secretions that an ill person has sneezed into the air. You can play in the rain all day, but you won’t catch a cold unless you touch something that someone who is infected has also touched, like a keyboard or doorknob.

Myth 3: If you crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.

Fact: There are many risk factors for arthritis, but cracking your knuckles isn’t one of them. The noise that you hear when you crack your knuckles is made by bubbles popping in your synovial fluid, which lubricates your joints. Most research shows that cracking your knuckles won’t give you arthritis. It’s still not good for you, though; habitual knuckle crackers are more likely to have swollen hands and poor grip strength.

Myth 4: If you swallow your gum, it stays in your stomach for seven years.

Fact: Just like any other type of food you ingest, gum passes through your body normally. In fact, pretty much anything less than ¾ of an inch in diameter can make it through the digestive system, particularly if it is soft like gum (and no, that’s not a challenge). Gum is made of gum resin, preservatives, flavorings, and sweeteners. You can’t digest gum resin, and the rest of the ingredients are easily broken down. Although it won’t take seven years to digest, doctors have seen health problems from people who have swallowed too much gum, so you’re better off spitting it into the garbage.

Myth 5: If you want to get rid of the hiccups, have someone startle you.

Fact: Chew on some ice. Hold your breath. Chug a glass of water. Ask anyone how to cure the hiccups, and he’ll have a solution for you. But hiccups can be caused by many different things, including smoking, drinking alcohol, eating too quickly, stress, or more severe medical conditions like cancer or stroke. Most ‘cures’ for the hiccups involve raising the level of carbon dioxide in the blood, which would happen if someone startled you and you gasped. Some research shows that eating a teaspoon of granulated sugar[1] or a lemon wedge soaked in bitters[2] (sans the rind) can help cure the hiccups.

Myth 6: Wait at least an hour after you eat before you go swimming.

Fact: The theory is that blood is diverted from your muscles towards the gut to help with digestion, and that can lead to a cramp. While it is possible that vigorous exercise on a full stomach will be uncomfortable and you might get a cramp, you probably don’t need to wait to splash around in the pool or ocean. If you’ve been drinking alcohol, though, you may want to hold off – a 1989 study showed that 25% of adolescent drownings involved alcohol, and a 1990 study of hundreds of adults found the percentage to be even higher (41%).

Myth 7: Sitting too close the television will weaken your eyesight.

Fact: According to WebMD, sitting too close to the television or reading a book in dim light might give you a bit of a headache, but it won’t cause actual damage to your eyesight. This myth has persisted because old GE television sets sold in the ‘60s emitted excessive radiation, so the company told parents to keep their children at least a few feet away from the boxes. Today’s televisions don’t have that problem. If you do need to sit close to the television to see it well, you might be nearsighted and undiagnosed.

Myth 8: Women shouldn’t lift weights because it will make them bulky.

Women and men are different by nature, and unless a woman purposely trains to get a bulky look, it won’t just happen as a byproduct of lifting weights. Strength training is essential to keep your body healthy, regardless of gender. So don’t be afraid to lift weights, ladies – not even the heavy ones. It’s good for you!

Whether you’ve heard these myths from your mother, friend, or even (hopefully not!) a misinformed health practitioner, FastMed has officially debunked them. When you want honest advice about your health, or if you’re ill or injured, come to FastMed. We’ll get to the root of your problem so you feel better, faster.

 

 



[1] Engleman, E., Lankton, J., & Lankton, B. (1971). Granulated Sugar as Treatment for Hiccups in Conscious Patients. New England Journal of Medicine, 285(26), 1489-1489.

[2] Herman, J.H., & Nolan, D.S. (1981). A Bitter Cure. New England Journal of Medicine, 305. 1654.

Not Insured? Let FastMed Urgent Care Help

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Going it alone?

It’s frightening to be uninsured. Everyday bumps and bangs, that occasional twisted ankle or oven burn, can leave you fighting to afford primary care. Many primary care physicians won’t treat uninsured patients without up-front payment, and a simple sore throat can empty your pockets. Sometimes uninsured patients avoid treatment to avoid the bill, but this plan can backfire; what if that cough turns into pneumonia? Suddenly you’ve landed yourself in the emergency room and racked up an even bigger bill.

The FastMed Discount Program is here.

You don’t have to be afraid of the doctor. FastMed Urgent Care offers uninsured patients a program designed to make out-of-pocket primary care affordable again: the FastMed Discount Program. For a small annual fee, you and your family will get a lower rate on office visits and other kinds of care.

So how small is that fee, exactly?

In 2015, it’s $35. How’s that for affordable?

Worry about your health, not your wallet.

With the FastMed Discount Program, regular office visits cost just $99. Services like strep throat and flu tests, blood glucose checks, and urine pregnancy tests are covered in the plan. Got a cough? Wondering about your lightheadedness? FastMed can get you in the office, give you caring treatment, and send you on your way with no appointment necessary, for much less than a private practice will charge. 

If it turns out that you need special services like burn treatment or stitches, you’ll still get a discounted rate of $225. Urgent injuries require urgent care, and FastMed can provide it much more quickly than the emergency room, for thousands of dollars less.

Take one worry off your plate. If you’re uninsured, FastMed can help ensure your peace of mind. Call your nearest FastMed Urgent Care to discuss enrolling in the FastMed Discount Program today.

 

FastMed Offers Discounted Sports Physicals at Select NC Locations

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FastMed Urgent Care is now offering discounted sports physicals through May 31, 2015 at select North Carolina locations. Sports physicals can be used for both youth and adults sports organizations and are good for one year. Many organizations will prohibit participation without a current sports physical.

Click HERE to print the $15 sports physical voucher which is good for the following locations (Normally $30):

  • Candler
  • Durham
  • Hickory
  • Fayetteville at Ramsey St.
  • Henderson
  • Mooresville
  • Lumberton
  • Rockingham
  • Roxboro
  • Salisbury
  • Sanford
  • Winston-Salem at Old Country Club Rd.
  • Winston-Salem at Stratford Rd.
  • Winston-Salem at University Parkway

Click HERE to print the $10 sports physical voucher which is good for the following location (Normally $30):

  • Kernersville

FastMed is open 365 days a year and accepts most insurance plans. All clinic locations offer on-site digital x-rays, and are able to treat most mild to moderate injuries or illnesses. Walk-ins are always welcome. Stop by a participating clinic and get a sports physical today!

FastMed 2015 Sponsor of Kernersville, NC Spring Folly

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Spring Folly 2015 – Kernersville, NC

This year marks the 23rd annual Spring Folly in Kernersville, NC. The Spring Folly event attracts nearly 25,000 people to downtown Kernersville for a 3-day weekend of music, food, activities, and family fun!

There will be three main stages with music throughout Friday evening and Saturday. This year FastMed Urgent Care is co-sponsoring a stage with Cornerstone Health Care. Be sure to check out the music and fun at the Cornerstone-FastMed Harmon Park Stage. Click here for the music festival line-up and details.

Not only does Spring Folly offer a wide range of music throughout the festival weekend, but visitors can also enjoy a petting zoo, rides for kids, a rock climbing wall, an antique car show, arts and crafts, delicious food, and much more!

Be sure to visit us at Spring Folly this weekend at the FastMed Urgent Care and Cornerstone Health Care booth located at the corner of E. Mountain Street and S. Main Street. We will be there Friday, May 1st from 6pm -10pm and Saturday, May 2nd from 10am – 10pm.  FastMed will have fun prizes, games and balloons for the kids. With weekend weather looking to be warm and sunny, Spring Folly is certainly an event you don’t want to miss!

For more information visit: http://www.kernersvillespringfolly.com/

Watch YouTube highlights from 2014 Spring Folly!

FastMed Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at Candler, NC Location

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Residents of the city of Asheville and town of Candler were invited to the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of the new FastMed Urgent Care location in Candler, North Carolina.

The event was hosted by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, and included lunch, clinic tours and a meet and greet with the FastMed clinic and provider staff. Guests learned about FastMed’s treatment services, benefits and the mission and commitment to each FastMed patient. FastMed administrative staff shared FastMed’s commit to the health and well-being of every community FastMed has a clinic through the FastMed Community Cares Program.

FastMed Urgent Care clinics are proud to serve as a support to family doctors, specialists and local hospitals for after-hours weekday care and weekend access for non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. We are open 365 days a year and accepts most insurance. FastMed is thrilled to be a part of the Candler community!

 

May 16 FastMed Charity Committee Holds Yard Sale for the Special Olympics of NC

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Special Olympics of North Carolina

May 16th from 8 am to 11 am the FastMed Charity Committee is holding a Spring Cleaning for the Special Olympics Yard Sale at the Clayton, North Carolina administrative office for FastMed Urgent Care, with all money collected being donated to the Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC).

The event is open to the public and local residents are encouraging to spread the word, come out, and buy donated yard sale items to raise money for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

Any items not sold during the yard sale will be donated to the Clayton Goodwill center following the event.

For more information on the yard sale, contact Antony Grow at (919) 550-0821 x 1026 or at a.grow@fastmed.com.

FastMed Yard Sale for the Special Olympics

May 16
8am - 11am

For directions, click HERE.


About Special Olympics of North Carolina

SONC provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. SONC is one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with nearly 40,000 registered athletes who train and compete in year-round programs in 19 different sports. visit http://sonc.net/ for more information.