You and Your Health and Safety
Cherry Hill Family Medicine Office
Healthcare options for Cherry Hill residents expanded when Jefferson Medical
Care ­p; Cherry Hill opened their offices at 401 Kings Highway South.
Just as at all family medicine satellite offices, Jefferson family medicine
physicians in Cherry Hill will meet the medical needs of the entire family,
according to Kenneth N. Panitch, MD, and Jennifer M. Naticchia, MD, both
instructors of family medicine. They offer pediatric, adolescent, adult
and geriatric medicine, along with well-women's care.
Their office hours are: Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. · Tuesday, 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. · Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
· Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. · Every other Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
· For further information, call 609-354-2211.
Health Awareness Sponsors June Seminars on
Coping Skills and Self-Improvement
Learning more about how to feel and look your best with these seminars sponsored
by the Health Awareness Program.
"Avoiding Burnout in Caring for Older Adults"
Social worker Amy Bregman, MSW, will give an overview of issues typically
experienced by the caregiver of an older adult as well as share in the experiences
of audience members on Thursday, June 6, from noon to 1 p.m., room 203,
Jefferson Medical College.
"The New Lasers"
Don't let minor skin imperfections keep you from putting your best face
forward. Learn how birthmarks, tattoos, broken blood vessels, spider veins,
sun spots and even facial wrinkles can now be zapped away quickly and permanently
with lasers from Eric Bernstein, MD, assistant professor of dermatology
and cutaneous biology, on Monday, June 10, from noon to 1 p.m., room 205,
Jefferson Medical College.
Avoid Being Taken in by These Scams
Part of staying healthy is protecting yourself and your property. Watch
out for the following con games to prevent becoming a victim.
Don't Let This "Win" Be Your Loss
Beware of unsolicited telephone calls telling you that you've won a prize
and then asking you for your credit card number to pay shipping and handling
charges. This is a classic ploy used by con artists who then may run up
several hundred dollars worth of charges on your credit card before you
discover the truth. Recently a man has called several departments within
the hospital using a variation of this scam, in which he states that he's
calling from a radio station which has chosen Jefferson as "hospital
of the year" and the first person to pick up the phone is the winner
of a free television. The caller then asks for your credit card number,
social security number and home telephone number. Howard Haynes, director
of security, advises any employee who receives this type of call not to
give out any information, but to hang up and notify the security department
Keep Your Laptop Safe
The Office of International Affairs warns of increasing laptop computer
theft by a team of two individuals at airport metal detectors. Once a traveler's
laptop has been placed on the conveyer belt, the first individual moves
through the detector easily while the second deliberately sets off the detector
as the laptop passes through. The first individual can then easily pick
up the laptop computer and disappear into the crowd while the unsuspecting
traveler waits in line.
Here are some tips to keep your laptop secure while traveling:
Cook Up a Healthier Cookout
- try to avoid lines to enter a metal detector whenever possible
- when you cannot do that, delay putting your luggage and laptop on the
conveyor belt until you are sure you will be the next person through the
- keep your eyes on the conveyor belt and watch for your luggage and laptop
to come through as well as watching what those in front of you are picking
- a further precaution is to pack your laptop in your briefcase so your
computer is not visible.
Making some small adjustments to your standard cookout menu can ensure you
and your guests will enjoy a tasty meal that's lower in fat. Here are easy
substitutions from Lisa Taormina, RD.
Even Those Intolerant Can Stomach Small Amounts
- Snack on hard pretzels or baked tortilla chips instead of potato chips.
- Serve raw or grilled vegetables instead of deviled eggs
- Use low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise or dressing on salads
- Cook up turkey burgers instead of all-beef hamburgers (If you really
want that all-beef hamburger, leave off the cheese, make smaller sized patties
and limit yourself to one helping.)
- Remove the skin from chicken before grilling
- Top off your meal with frozen yogurt, sherbet, water ice, fruit popsicles
or fresh fruit salad instead of cake and ice cream.
Research suggests that many individuals who avoid milk because they lack
the enzyme needed to digest lactose, can consume moderate amounts of dairy
products. Researchers discovered that ingesting the equivalent of 8 ounces
of milk or less a day, caused minimal symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain
or diarrhea in people who considered themselves lactose intolerant.
"For many people, the problem isn't with ingesting very small quantities
of milk, such as the amount used with cereal or coffee," explains Jefferson
dietitian Cheryl Marco, RD. "Gastro-intestinal distress occurs when
they consume lactose throughout the day ­p; milk at breakfast, a cheese
sandwich for lunch and ice cream as a bedtime snack."
Lactose-digestive aids are probably not necessary when lactose intake is
limited to no more than a glass of milk a day, notes Ms. Marco. But dairy
products are a rich source of calcium, something every body needs for strong
bones. Therefore, aids that help people digest milk can be beneficial to
More Safe and Healthy Travel Strategies
In March, Jefferson's Travel Medicine Staff offered travel tips to help
you stay healthy when flying or sailing to your vacation spot. This month,
they serve up health hints you should consider once you're at your vacation
destination to make sure you return with happy memories, not an illness.
- When flying across time zones, allow one day for your body clock to
readjust for every time-zone change. Despite varying research results and
disagreement by medical experts on dosage recommendation, some frequent
flyers swear by melatonin pills to help counteract the effects of jet lag.
Save your money, says Valerie Godzieba, CRNP, RN. You can acclimate your
body to time-zone changes more naturally by eating and sleeping according
to local time.
- Your body needs time to adapt to high altitudes in order to minimize
the symptoms of altitude sickness, characterized by nausea, headache, fatigue
and insomnia.Tobacco, alcohol and excessive food aggravate altitude sickness.
- Take food and water precautions to guard against Hepatitis A, typhoid
fever and traveler's diarrhea when traveling outside the United States Drink
bottled beverages only, served straight up (ice is a potential source of
contamination). Avoid food sold by street vendors, as well as raw and uncooked
foods, including green salads and cold salads. Be sure that all dairy products
have been pasteurized. Toast your trip with beer or wine; alcohol in mixed
drinks doesn't kill organisms.