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First US Airline Pilot with Type 1 Diabetes

For years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) didn’t allow pilots with insulin-treated diabetes to fly commercial airliners, even as other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom began to ease their restrictions

The FAA issued a new medical protocol late last year for pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM),” the FAA said in a statement to CNN. “The decision was based on the advancement in medical technology and the treatment of ITDM. The protocol allows pilots with ITDM to apply for a special-issuance medical certificate to have air transport, commercial or private pilot privileges.”

Read the full article here

What Chronic Patients Should Expect from their Family Physicians in a Time of Crisis

d41586-020-00190-6_17590326Aveon Health will be holding a phone conference to discuss what chronic patients can expect from their Family Practice physician during the Covid-19 pandemic. This phone conference is open to all news and media outlets and will be held  on Friday March 20.

Aveon Health Medical Director, Dr. Sam Fereidouni MD, MHSA, will give insight into how Family Practice medical groups will be preparing to ensure continuity of care for chronic patients that depend on regular physician visits, medication and testing. Dr. Fereidouni will cover a range of topics relating to patients suffering with chronic conditions such as Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Some of those topics will relate to:

-Arranging necessary in person visits

-Utilizing telemedicine for routine updates

-Handling new and prescription refills

-Handling recurring lab testing

 

Following the roundtable session will be a short question and answer session with Dr. Fereidouni

Additionally, time can be arranged to view the personal protection equipment and facility changes that have been taken at Aveon Health to protect our staff and patients.

Heart Health Month

February is heart health month. Prevention and early intervention of health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and stress management can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Contact Aveon health for your annual well exam to monitor your heart health.

Influenza Update

The CDC said the number of US flu cases this season reached 15 million as of the week ending Jan. 18, with widespread flu activity reported in 48 states and high flu activity in 35 states. The agency estimates that there have been 140,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 8,200 flu-related fatalities, including 54 pediatric deaths, so far this season.

Please schedule an appointment if you have signs of the flu or any other illness. It is not too late to get an influenza vaccine. Contact Aveon Health with any questions or concerns or to schedule your evaluation.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is cervical health awareness month. The US Department of Health and Human Services states ,

“HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news?

  • The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.

Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care.”

Make an appointment to discuss prevention for HPV including vaccinations, screening for cervical cancer, and early intervention if needed with your Aveon health care provider.

Folic Acid Awareness Week

Folic Acid

It is folic acid awareness week. According to the CDC, “Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman consumes enough folic acid (400 micrograms (mcg) daily) before and during early pregnancy, it can help prevent her baby from having a neural tube defect. Women can do this by taking a vitamin supplement containing the recommended amount of folic acid or eating enough food that is fortified with folic acid. Fortified foods include enriched breads, pastas, rice, and some breakfast cereals.” Additionally, green leafy veggies, brussels sprouts, asparagus and avocado are naturally high in this b vitamin. Folic acid is essential for all individuals for overall health, not just pregnant females. Ask your Aveon provider about your folic acid needs at your next appointment.