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New clinic close to completion

The new clinic at Little Axe is nearing completion. The last of the touch up work is being completed and furniture and equipment are being delivered on a daily occurrence. There is a lot of activity at the new site and many new employees are being hired to staff the facility. The planned first day to start seeing patients will be Monday, April 30, 2012. Because of the need to move employees from the current location to the new clinic, the old clinic at Little Axe will close during the week of April 23-27th. This includes the pharmacy. So please plan accordingly with any refills. We will be moving all medications from the old clinic to the new clinic and pharmacy staff will be doing an inventory of the current medi-cations. All the pharmacy staff from Little Axe will be involved with the move. If you have medication to pick up, please make plans to pick it up before April 23rd. We will not be able to allow patients in the clinic during that week due to movers coming in and out moving supplies and employees from one building to another. During the closing of the old clinic, you will be able to call the Shawnee clinic for urgent care. Any chronic or follow-up appointments will be rescheduled for another time.
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Tooth Sensitivity

Most Common cause of tooth sensitivity in adults is the exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Do your teeth hurt when you eat something cold or hot?  When you breathe in really cold air? Then you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity happens when the vulnerable under layer of your teeth-the dentin- is exposed. This allows the tubules that run from the dentin to the nerve to carry pain sensations.  

Causes:
  • Brushing too hard
  • Receding gum line allowing the root to be exposed
  • Excessive  use  of  tooth  whiteners  and  abrasive  toothpaste
  • Mouthwash or foods with high acidity
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April is Foot Health Month

Diabetes & Wellness announces April is foot health month 

Take care of your feet for a lifetime 
  • Keep diabetes under control.  
  • Check your feet every day.  
  • Wash your feet every day. 
  • Keep the skin soft and smooth. 
  • Wear properly fitting shoes and socks at all times. 
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold 
  • Be more active. 
 
You can prevent damage to your feet by looking for  
  • Blisters                          
  • Cuts or scratches 
  • Ingrown  toenails 
  • Red or black spots 
  • Dryness 
 
DIABETES & WELLNESS 
Call us today to schedule a foot exam 
Little Axe Clinic 
15702 E. Highway 9 
405 360-0698 
Shawnee Clinic 405 878-5850
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Get Fit for Spring

Warm Weather is Here! Let’s Get Moving!

As spring approaches, it is now a good time to start preparing for some outdoor activities. One of the most easiest and basic forms of physical activity is walking. We walk when we go shopping, we walk at work, we walk to check the mail, and we walk for many other reasons. We pretty much walk all of the time. However, walking for exercise can be different. Walking may be performed at many levels of intensity. In order for walking to become an exercise, we must walk for certain periods of time with variety of intensities. A good way to begin a walking routine is to begin with finding a safe area for you to walk. Walking with a partner is a great way to maintain good support and safety. Once you find area suitable for safe walking, begin you walk with a moderately paced stride for 5-10 minutes, for a good warm-up.

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Behavioral Health - New Staff

The Behavioral Health Department welcomed a new member to the staff this month. Monte Blake is a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, with 26 years of experience in mental health and social services. Utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy coupled with an empathic understanding of the psychodynamic influence of early childhood experiences and the complexities of life, Monte has provided therapeutic services to a wide range of populations and people of all races and walks of life. Monte has worked in mental health centers, mental health hospitals and public schools. He has provided therapeutic services in the home and spent ten years providing services to incarcerated men in a medium security prison.

A prevailing philosophy for Monte has been the belief that people are capable of positive change in their life, regardless of their personal struggle, if they are willing to afford themselves an honest self evaluation through reflection, contemplation and examination of their internal dialogue and behavioral choices.

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Medications: The Leading Cause of Accidental Poisoning Deaths in Children

New Research Reveals Medications Are the Leading Cause of Accidental Poisoning Deaths Among Children Today 
“Safe Storage, Safe Dosing” Campaign to Focus on Medication Safety 

Washington, DC – Today Safe Kids Worldwide released a new research report that found while the death rate among children from poisoning has been cut in half since the late 1970s, the percentage of all child poisoning deaths due to medications has nearly doubled, from 36 percent to 64 percent.

Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids:  A Report to the Nation on Safe Medication examines trends in morbidity and mortality of medication poisoning among children ages 14 and under. The report underscores the challenge of medication-related poisoning among children and offers solutions that will reverse the trends. Safe Kids also proposes specific roles that parents and other caregivers, industry, governments, and the medical community can play in improving medication safety through safe storage and safe dosing.

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Little Axe Health Center Opening

The Little Axe Health Center is located off Highway 9 in the Little Axe/Norman area, across the road from our old Little Axe Tribal Clinic. The physical address of the new clinic is 15951 Little Axe Drive in Norman, OK 73026.

We are open to the public and are very excited about our growing capacity to serve the community.  We are having a grand opening Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

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Free Music Lessons

The MSPI Creative Arts Program offers free music lessons all year round for Native American children from 6 years to 19 years old. Adults are also encouraged to participate. Come join the fun and learn to play the guitar, bass guitar, piano, or vocals.

Contact Phil Bradley, Music Instructor (405) 275-4030 Ext: 117 or Cell (405) 370-5576 

At the Shawnee Campus from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Classes are made possible through AST Behavioral Health’s Meth/Suicide Prevention Initiative Grant (MSPI) “Following in Our Footsteps” 

Come enjoy music and have some fun too!



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How To Deal With Nicotine Withdrawal

Most people who are trying to stop smoking have some withdrawal symptoms, but usually do NOT have all that are listed below. Use this information to help you with the symptoms you do have and don’t worry about those that you do not experience. Remember that these symptoms are generally temporary in nature and a sign that you are on the road to recovery. 
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March is Kidney Month

The National Kidney Foundationcelebrates March as National Kidney Month.  Take the Kidney quiz to check your kidney knowledge.

Most people have how many kidneys? 
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

How big are your kidneys? 
  • The size of your head
  • The size of your fist
  • The size of your eye

Where are your kidneys? 
  • in your back by the ribs
  • in your back behind your lungs
  • by your belly button

Which of the following are functions of your kidney?
  •  to clean your blood
  • to support healthy bones and tissues
  • to keep your blood pressure normal

Let’s see how you did...

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