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Take Care offers $25 back-to-school physicals

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has announced that it is now offering school and sports physicals for $25 at its in-store health clinics nationwide.

“School and sports physicals for school-aged children and adolescents are a great service that our clinics can offer the communities we serve. These physicals are an opportunity to screen for undetected medical conditions as well as a means to ensure the overall health and wellness of children,” stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. “Going back to school is a busy time for parents, and we’re committed to providing accessible and affordable care to those who need a school or sports physical in a convenient setting.”

School and sports physicals at a Take Care Clinic do not take the place of a child’s yearly routine health exam and complete developmental assessment. Take Care Health Providers encourage all patients to have a primary care provider or pediatrician who can facilitate this longer-term relationship and care.

Back-to-school season is also a great time to ensure children are up to date on vaccines. According to the company, it will certify that immunizations are updated and will administer the appropriate vaccines, such as Menactra to protect against bacterial meningitis and Tdap or Td to protect against tetanus. It is recommended that patients bring a copy of their vaccination and immunization records, as well as a copy of their medical history to the Take Care Clinic in order to receive a school or sports physical.

If the provider detects a condition that falls outside the scope of service at the clinic, the child will be referred back to his/her primary care provider for follow-on care. If a patient does not have a primary care provider, assistance can be offered in finding one for the family, the company stated. Take Care Health providers collaborate with local physicians who are available for consultation.

Take Care Health Systems currently operates 197 clinics in 24 markets throughout 14 states.

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Study suggests link between heart disease and cognitive problems

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study published July 23 in the European Heart Journal shows a relationship between heart disease and cognitive problems in middle-aged men and women.

The study examined 10,308 subjects aged 35 to 55 starting in the late 1980s. It recorded heart attacks and other heart problems up until 2004 and administered cognitive tests to 5,837 subjects.

The study found that subjects who developed heart disease scored lower on cognitive tests than those who did not. It could not determine, however, whether heart disease caused impairments or vice versa.

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Survey says: Americans in favor of e-prescribing, overhauling health care

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO A survey released Thursday indicates that 82 percent of Americans think the health-care system in the United States needs to be either changed or overhauled, according to reports.

The Commonwealth Fund, which conducted the survey, looked at a random sampling of 1,004 American adults in May. Of the respondents, 32 percent said the system needed an overhaul, while 50 percent said it needed change.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents also reported that administrative hassles over insurance and bills as serious problems.

The survey also showed that 86 percent of respondents think doctors should transition to electronic health-care records, while 89 percent said doctors should be able to access test results electronically. Seventy-one percent support electronic prescriptions.

Thirty-two percent of respondents reported duplicative or unnecessary care.

Meanwhile, 44 percent expressed a desire to access their health records online, while 48 percent said they would communicate with their doctors by email and schedule appointments online.

About 47 million Americans lack health insurance. Electronic records are the norm in many countries, but have yet to catch on in the U.S.

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