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Here at Charter Clinic, we want to wish everyone a very safe and fun Thanksgiving! Here is a yummy pumpkin roll recipe for you to enjoy with your friends and family:

Tammy Elliott
“This is a great dessert, especially nice for holidays, but it can be served anytime of the year. The resulting pumpkin roll slices will impress your guests. The pumpkin roll is not as hard to make as it sounds. Be sure and use plain canned pumpkin, and not pumpkin pie mix.”

 

Antibacterial wipes seem like the superheroes of cleaning supplies: They’re easy to grab, completely disposable, and promise a clean and disinfected counter — if (and only if!) you use them absolutely correctly.  Even though these cleaners are billed as “easy,” they still require your care and attention when you use them. Make a wrong move, and all of their superpowers essentially disappear.

​Here’s the latest proof to that point: Researchers in the United Kingdom tested how well a single disinfecting wipe killed three different types of bacteria along three consecutive stainless steel surfaces. And what they found out is disappointing, to say the least: Apparently one wipe should only be used in a small area (about a meter square) in order to kill the bacteria. If you use the wipe on a bigger surface (or switch from, say, your microwave to your counter top with the same wipe) you might be spreading the bacteria instead of banishing it.

So if you only grab one piece to wipe down your entire kitchen island, you’re doing it wrong: You likely need two or three to really get the job done. Bummer, we know. But Michaelle Exhume, a product analyst in the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, says it’s worth the extra wipe or two: “​It’s not good practice to use one wipe across multiple surfaces, because this will likely cause cross-contamination.” (Yuck!)

But more than anything, Exhume recommends following the manufacturer’s directions: “If the area wiped does not remain wet for the time directed on the package, you’re only removing dirt and debris on the surface, not disinfecting,” says Exhume.

The bottom line: These trusty wipes are still effective, but each individual one might not go as far as you think. So just make sure you buy ’em in bulk from now on.

With two kids and an accident prone adult, medical emergencies such as lacerations, broken bones, or insect bites would probably be unavoidable in our family. As long as anesthesia is not required, an urgent care facility will likely be more bang for my healthcare dollars. Most urgent care facilities are staffed by former ER doctors and nurses, so the quality of care is at par with hospitals. However, not only are they much more prompt, but it also makes financial sense given the one-time, low cost of using an urgent care facility, even one that does not accept insurance. I am glad that in a world of rising healthcare costs and stealth healthcare taxes, urgent care facilities can prove to be a lower cost alternative to traditional hospitals.

Viral pharyngitis infection is the most common cause of sore throat and the etiologic agents are usually respiratory viruses, including adenoviruses, coxsackie A viruses, influenza, or parainfluenza virus. It is self- limited, and normally goes away on it’s own. *Streptococcal pharyngitis* which is the most frequent bacterial cause of infectious pharyngitis. In the winter months during strep outbreaks, as many as 30% of episodes of pharyngitis may be caused by Strep A.

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Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

When an emergency strikes, you know you need medical care fast. But what if you’re not sure if it’s a true emergency? How can you tell if what you or a loved one is experiencing should have you rushing to the ER? While the answer is not always simple, knowing the difference between urgent care and emergency care and where to seek treatment could save your life in an emergency.

At Charter Clinic Urgent Care we are dedicated to providing you with excellent and prompt urgent care services with a timely diagnosis, accurate medical information and a personalized touch. Our compassionate and experienced staff will work hard to place you or your family member back on the road to a swift recovery.  Did you know that 80% of all ER visits can be easily treated at an Urgent Care location?

For treatments for illnesses such as colds, flu, stomach aches or ear infections, Charter Clinic Urgent Care in Oklahoma City is your number one choice for fast, caring help. Our knowledgeable medical staff can quickly diagnose your ailments, and provide the proper medications and treatment to get you on your feet in no time.  Did you know that 80% of all ER visits can be treated at Charter Clinic? Not all injuries require a costly trip to an emergency room. For less severe bumps, cuts, abrasions or sprains, visit our local Oklahoma City Urgent Care for quick relief for all of your minor injuries.

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