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Heart Health: Your Heart Hearts These 5 Foods

There is an adage that says, “the heart wants what it wants.”

In this case, we’re talking about food and the diet your heart truly desires. 

According to the American Heart Association, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, nuts, legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils is vital to heart health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. About 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. According to the CDC, one person dies every 36 seconds in the U.S. from heart disease.

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Try incorporating these 5 foods into your diet to keep your heart happy and healthy.

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5 Foods to Maximize Your Heart Health 

1. Berries

Berries are some of the healthiest foods you can eat and they provide a wealth of nutrients. They are a great source of polyphenols and fiber. Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries are not only very nutritious but are also known for their contribution to improving cardiovascular health. Studies have shown berries to be associated with decreased risks of cardiovascular disease due to the natural antioxidants and polyphenols they contain. The antioxidants and polyphenols in berries help fight chronic diseases, diabetes, and even cancer. Not to mention, berries are also gluten-free, low in calories, and high in moisture and fiber. These benefits of berries just keep getting sweeter. 

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2. Fatty fish

Eating fatty fish twice a week keeps your heart strong and not weak. Fatty fish is not only just a great source of protein, but it is also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which is great for heart health. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish twice a week. Fatty fish includes fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Omega-3-fatty acids can lower some types of fat in your blood and reduce the amount of plaque buildup in your arteries. 

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3. Mixed nuts

Did you know you can lower your risk of a heart attack by increasing your nut intake? Research shows nuts contribute to heart health because of the unsaturated fatty acids and nutrients they contain. Nuts can lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. All three of these are responsible for plaque buildup in your arteries. Eating nuts can also lower levels of inflammation and reduce the risk of developing blood clots which further increases your risk of heart disease. Walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans make great for a healthy snack. Fiber and Vitamin E are also found in nuts which play a major role in lowering your cholesterol and stopping the development of plaques in your arteries. 

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4. Whole grains 

Studies show incorporating more whole grains in your diet benefits your heart health. The most common types of whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, oats, rye, barley, buckwheat, and quinoa. Whole grains are high in fiber and are associated with lower cholesterol and a reduced risk of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association’s “Whole grains and the heart” review, eating whole grains can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 30%. Three servings of whole grains per day can help your heart stay healthy. For people who need to lower their cholesterol, reduce weight, or control their blood sugar levels, whole grains can help. 

5. Leafy green vegetables 

Leafy green vegetables include spinach, kale, and collard greens and provide a wealth of nutrients. A great source of Vitamin K, leafy green vegetables contain a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Vitamin K plays a major role in protecting your arteries and improving arterial function. Leafy green vegetables are also high in dietary nitrates which have been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve the function of cells lining the blood vessels. Studies show leafy green vegetables are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and better heart health. 

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How Trusted ER Can Help You

Although eating healthy plays a critical role in the promotion of heart health, it is not only dependent on what you eat. Physical activity and exercise are optimal for heart health as well. Exercising for 30 mins or more a day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

If your chest pain and heart problems are severe, seek emergency care at one of our Trusted ER locations near you. At Trusted Medical, are here for you and ready to treat any illness or injury. 

We have 8 locations where we provide the best-in-class healthcare to patients in the most comfortable environment with exceptional care. Our ER offers limited wait times, as each of our patients is roomed and seen by our clinical team within a few minutes, and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

For more healthy food ideas or dietary advice that is specific to your needs, consult with a registered dietitian or healthcare provider. Be sure to check out our blog for more healthy lifestyle content.

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Is Your Lower Back Pain a Sign of Something More Serious?

Are you experiencing lower back pain, stiffness, or discomfort that’s interfering with your daily activities?

If so, you’re not alone. More than 31 million Americans experience lower back pain in their lifetime.  

Lower back pain can develop for a plethora of reasons such as your lifestyle, whether it’s sedentary or active, from a chronic health condition, or injuries as a result of a car accident, work, or a slip and fall.

We underestimate our lifestyle and the amount of stress it can put on our lower back, often leading to severe conditions, posture problems, and in more serious cases, a trip to the ER. Although lower back pain is a very common problem that plagues the majority of adults, it’s important to know when your lower back pain warrants a visit to the emergency room. 

Keep reading to learn the 5 most common signs when you should go to the ER for lower back pain.  

5 Signs Your Lower Back Pain Is an Emergency 

You should immediately seek emergency care if your lower back pain is so severe that you cannot wait for a visit with your primary care physician. However, if you are not certain, medical experts advise you to use the following guidelines to determine if your lower back pain requires an ER visit. 

You should go to the ER immediately if your lower back pain is a result of or accompanied by any of the following conditions:  

  • Any recent injury or trauma

Were you in a recent car accident? Did you slip and fall at work? And are you suffering from lower back pain as a result? Sometimes your back pain just can’t wait and it’s important to seek emergency care if your lower back pain is persistent and continues to get worse over time. Unrelenting lower back pain can be the sign of an underlying spinal injury. Spinal injuries are severe and generally do not go away on their own. If your lower back pain has significantly increased over time, go to the ER to prevent it from increasing any further or becoming permanent.

  • Bladder or bowel incontinence

Many people aren’t aware that lower back pain can cause a loss of bladder or bowel control. If you find yourself unable to control your bowels or bladder, it might be a sign of serious nerve compression, spine infection, or even a tumor. Back pain accompanied by bladder or bowel incontinence typically means that there is an infection or tumor that has developed on the nerve sac of the lower spine, which causes severe weakness in the pelvic area. At the ER, healthcare providers can examine your lower back and run tests to identify any problems or clinical conditions.

  • Fever, nausea, or vomiting

Back pain that is accompanied by a fever, nausea, or vomiting is also a sign that you should immediately seek emergency care. Fevers are a sign of infection and are defined as your body temperature reaching 100.4 or higher. If you’re experiencing lower back pain with a fever, it’s often a warning sign that the two could be linked to a spinal or neurological infection.

  • Numbness

Have you recently lost sensation in your arms, legs, or groin, or are you experiencing muscle weakness? Back pain associated with numbness is also another emergency indicator. Seek immediate medical attention if you’re experiencing neurological dysfunctions like leg weakness or any numbness. Numbness in your lower body is generally an indication of an injury to one or more of your critical nerves or something even worse. If your numbness is not treated, it could lead to further damage of the nerves and even total paralysis.

  • Night pain

Do you have lower back pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night? Are you fine during the day, but as soon as you lay down to go to sleep, your lower back pain starts, making it almost impossible to get a good night’s rest? Any back pain that continues to prevent you from sleeping and consistently wakes you up in the middle of the night can be a sign of a disc generation or a sprain. If you’re experiencing night-time back pain, then seek emergency care right away. 

How Can Trusted ER Help You?

It’s critical to know these signs as your lower back pain may be the sign of a serious underlying condition.

If your lower back pain is more severe than a primary care physician can handle, then be sure to seek emergency care at one of our Trusted ER locations near you. We, at Trusted Medical, are here for you and ready to treat any illness or injury. 

We have 8 locations where we provide the best-in-class healthcare to patients in the most comfortable environment with exceptional care. Our ER offers limited wait times, as each of our patients is roomed and seen by our clinical team within a few minutes, and we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Trusted ER is “Doing the right thing. Every patient. Every time.” 

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Celebrating Black History: Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson overcame poverty and challenging circumstances to become the  world-renowned neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of cojoined twins who were attached at the back of the head.

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world.

To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator, Dr. Patricia Bath.

This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Ben Carson. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Ben Carson and his groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

Early Life & Education

Born in Detroit, Carson was the son of Robert Solomon Carson Jr., a World War II U.S. Army veteran and Cadillac automobile plant laborer and Sonya Carson. His mother, Sonya Carson, grew up in Tennessee in a very large family and dropped out of school in the third grade. After spending time in and out of foster homes and living in poverty, she married 28-year-old Robert Carson at just 13. A few years later, they divorced after Sonya discovered that Robert Carson had a secret family. Robert then moved in with his other family, leaving Sonya to raise her two sons on her own with no money.

The following years, Sonya would raise her sons as a single mother, working 2 or 3 jobs at a time just to make ends meet. However, she would remain very supportive of her sons and pushed for them to get an education. In school, Carson performed poorly as a student until his mother challenged him and his brother with work in addition to their regular schoolwork. She required them to do several reading and writing assignments for several weeks. Carson soon discovered a passion for reading and found it more entertaining than television. Through reading, Carson discovered that he could us his imagination more and developed a strong desire to learn more things. Within a year, Carson’s grades significantly improved, and his teachers and classmates were amazed at his academic improvement. He would receive numerous academic honors for the duration of his school years.

Professional Career 

In 1973, he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University where he met Lacena (Candy Rustin). Two years later, the couple married and had three children. In 1977, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned his medical degree and later John Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed a residency in neurosurgery. Dr. Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins in 1984, he was one of the youngest doctors in the U.S. to earn that title at 32 years old.

In 1987, Carson would make medical history as the neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of cojoined twins. The Binder twins were born joined at the back of the head (occipital craniopagus twins) and operations such as these had always failed with either one or both twins dying. However, Carson agreed to undertake the operation and worked for 22 hours with a 70-member surgical team led by Carson. The twins were successfully separated after the surgery and were able to live independently. As a result of the surgery, Carson garnered international attention as a renowned neurosurgeon.  

Later Life

Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Carson has also sat on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Kellogg Company, the Academy of Achievement, Costco Wholesale Corporation, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation.

In 2001, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of the 89 “Living Legends” in its 200th anniversary. In 2008, Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President George W. Bush. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010.  

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Carson has written more than 100 neurosurgical publications 5 best-selling books: “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” Unleashing Your Potential For Excellence,” “Take The Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk,” The Big Picture,” and “America The Beautiful.”

Carson retired as neurosurgeon but devotes much of his time to public speaking, serving as a keynote speaker at numerous prestigious conferences across the world. Dr. Carson believes it is important to bring value to the world by improving the lives of other human beings and continues to devote his time to serving and helping others. 

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Celebrating Black History: Dr. Patricia Bath

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world.

To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator, Dr. Jane C. Wright.

This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Patricia Bath. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Patricia Bath and her groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

Early Life & Education

Born in New York City’s Harlem, Bath was the daughter of Rupert Bath, the first black motorman for the New York City’s subway system, and Gladys Bath, a housewife and domestic worker who used her salary to save money for her children’s education. Her father inspired her love for traveling and exploring different cultures and pushed her to pursue her education. Bath developed a passion for science and her mother bought her her first chemistry set.

She attended Charles Evans Hughes High School where she excelled in both science and math. Her excellence in academics would earn her a scholarship to attend a cancer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program’s head, Dr. Robert Bernard, was so impressed with Bath’s discoveries during the program that he presented her finding in a scientific paper at a conference. As a result, Bath earned Mademoiselle Magazine’s Merit Award in 1960.

Bath graduated from high school in just two years and attended Hunter College, where she later earned her bachelor’s degree in 1964. She then attended Howard University to pursue a medical degree and graduated with honors from Howard in 1968. Shortly afterward, she completed an internship at Harlem Hospital and a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University. While studying at Columbia University, she discovered that African Americans were twice as likely to suffer from blindness than other patients to which she attended, and eight times more likely to develop glaucoma.

Her research led to her development of a community ophthalmology system that provided eye care to those in the community who were unable to afford treatment.

Professional Career                                                                                     In 1973, Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology. The following year, she moved to California to work as an assistant professor of surgery at both Charles R. Drew University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

She became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute in 1975. A year later, she co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness which established that eyesight is a basic human right.

Inventor of the Laserphaco Probe

In 1981, Bath began working on her invention that would be later known as the Laserphaco Probe. The device created a less painful and more precise treatment of cataracts. Bath received a patent for the device in 1988, becoming the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent, holding patents in Japan, Canada, and Europe. Her Laserphaco Probe significantly contributed to the restoration of sight of individuals who had been blind for more than 30 years.

Bath would also help create the Ophthalmology Residency Training program at UCLA-Drew and later become its chair in which she would become the first woman in the nation to hold such a position. In 1993, Bath was named a “Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine” and later retired from her position.

Death & Legacy                                                                                         

In 1993, Bath was named a “Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine.” She later retired that same year but her legacy lives on as her groundbreaking discoveries changed the face of ophthalmology and continued to be used to this day.

In 2001, Bath was inducted into the International Women in Medicine Hall of Fame. She passed on May 30, 2019, at the University of California, San Francisco medical center from cancer-related complications. She was 76.

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Celebrating Black History: “The Mother of Chemotherapy”

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world. To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator, Dr. Charles R. Drew. This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Jane C. Wright. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Jane C. Wright and her groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

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Dr. Jane C. Wright

Early Life & Education

Born in New York City, Wright was the older of two daughters to parents Louis Tompkins Wright and Corinne Wright. Wright comes from a medical family, with her father, Louis Tompkins Wright, as one of the first African Americans to earn an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. Her grandfather, Dr. Ceah Ketcham Wright, was born enslaved but later earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College and her step-grandfather, Dr. William Fletcher Penn, was the first African American to graduate from Yale Medical College.

Growing up, Wright attended private schools in New York City and graduated from Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Three years later, in 1945, Wright graduated from New York Medical College with honors receiving her M.D. degree after an accelerated three-year program.

In 1949, Dr. Wright was hired as a staff physician with the New York City public schools and continued working as a visiting physician at Harlem Hospital. Wright completed her residency at Harlem Hospital where she would later join her father, Dr. Louis Wright, at the Cancer Research Foundation at Harlem Hospital. While completing her residency at Harlem Hospital, she married David Jones, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate.

Professional Career                                                                                     At Harlem Hospital, Dr. Wright and her father would begin directing cancer research to chemotherapy and investigating anti-cancer chemicals. Chemotherapy was mostly experimental at the time, but Wright and her father would work together in the lab to perform the patient trials. In 1949, the two began testing a new chemical on human leukemias and cancers of the lymphatic system. With her father passing in 1952, Wright would be appointed head of the Cancer Research Foundation at the age of 33.

In 1955, Dr. Wright became an associate professor of surgical research at New York University and director of cancer chemotherapy research at New York University Medical Center and its affiliated Bellevue and University hospitals. Her work as director of cancer chemotherapy research developed new techniques for administering cancer chemotherapy and explored the relationship between patient and tissue culture response.

Cancer Research & Studies                                                                    In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Dr. Wright to the President’s Commission on heart disease, cancer, and stroke with a series of treatment centers established for these diseases. She was named professor of surgery, head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Department, and associate dean at her alma mater, New York Medical College. Dr. Wright was the highest-ranking African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution at the time.

Wright implemented several programs to study stroke, heart disease, cancer, and created other programs to instruct doctors in chemotherapy. In 1971, she became the first woman president of the New York Cancer Society and would later go on to be a founding member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, (ASCO), an organization that represents 40,000 oncology professionals and is the largest organization of its kind in the world.

Death & Legacy                                                                                         Dr. Wright published more than 100 papers throughout her career and led delegations of cancer researchers to Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe during her groundbreaking years of cancer research.

She later retired in 1987, but her legacy lives on as her groundbreaking discoveries changed the face of medicine and continued to be used to this day.

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Eye Health: How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes While They’re Glued to The Screens

Trusted Senior Director Pediatrics, Kelly Ann Williams MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC, has an important reminder for parents whose kids are using screens more than ever before.

Mom and dads, it’s no secret- kids are in front of screens now more than ever before. Growing up in the digital age, from virtual learning to computers, video games, and iPads, kids are averaging about 6 hours of screen time a day and teens almost 9 hours! Although this may seem like “everyday” behavior and normal routine, too much exposure to screen time can lead to behavior and sleep problems and damage the overall health of your child’s eyes. 

Child boy using his mobile phone at home.

If you find that your child or teen is constantly glued to their phone or television screen- don’t panic! Our Sr. Director of Pediatrics at Trusted Medical, Kelly Ann, is here to share some tips to help you protect your child’s eyes from suffering as a result of too much screen time. 

Too Much Screen Time Can Damage Your Child’s Eyes 

Eye health is critical to your child’s overall physical health but it’s generally something that is overlooked. Too much screen time for kids can damage their vision and the overall health of their eyes. It can strain their eyes causing eye fatigue, dry and irritated eyes, and it can also cause loss of focus flexibility where children find it difficult to adjust to distance vision after staring at a screen.

Limit Your Child’s Screen Time 

 It’s important to set clear limits on how much your child is on screens. You can monitor your child’s screen time by encouraging him or her to spend time outdoors and get exposure to natural daylight – which helps develop their eyes. Establish screen-free zones — like no screen time during meals, in the car, or before bed. And set a clear rule that every 20 mins of screen time means a 2-minute screen-free break. It’s very important to note that while they ARE using the screens — Make sure the distance from the screen to the eyes is 20-40 inches.

Schedule Your Child’s Annual Eye Exam 

Lastly, your child must be scheduled for their yearly eye exam by a pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist starting at age 6.

And remember — If your child develops headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, itchy or pain in the eyes seek medical attention — which you can find right here at Trusted Pediatrics. 

As always, we are here for you – “caring for yours as if they were our own.”

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Celebrating Black History: Dr. Charles Drew, “Father of the Blood Bank”

February marks the 45th annual celebration of Black History Month, dedicated to honoring and spotlighting the significant works, achievements, and contributions African Americans have made and continue to make to our society and the world. To celebrate, each week throughout Black History Month, Trusted Medical is spotlighting an African American medical pioneer whose groundbreaking contributions changed the course of medicine and paved the way for future generations to come. Click here if you missed last week’s incredible innovator. This week, we highlight the life of Dr. Charles R. Drew. Keep reading to learn more about Dr. Drew and his groundbreaking role in the field of medicine. 

Early Life & Education 

Born in Washington D.C. to an African American middle-class family, Dr. Drew grew up as an outstanding athlete, whose gifts and talent earned him an athletic scholarship to Amherst College in Massachusetts where he shined as a track and football star. In 1926, he graduated from Amherst College with his bachelor’s degree but did not have enough money to pursue his dream of attending medical school. 

He worked as a biology and chemistry professor and coach at Morgan College, now Morgan State University, until he was able to earn the money to apply to medical school. Two years later, he applied to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where he distinguished himself as a top student; winning a prize in neuroanatomy, achieving membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society, ranking second in his graduating class of 127 students, and by earning both Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery degrees in 1933. 

After graduation, he worked as a faculty instructor in pathology at Howard University from 1935 to 1936 and later did a surgery residence at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington D.C., becoming both an instructor and an assistant surgeon at the facility. 

In 1938, Dr. Drew received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study at Columbia University and began postgraduate work, earning his Doctor of Science in surgery at Columbia. There, he continued his education and research about blood, and his doctoral thesis, “Banked Blood,” was a study on his discoveries and methods of processing and preserving blood plasma. He discovered that plasma lasts much longer than blood and can therefore be stored or “banked” for longer periods as the plasma could be dried and then preserved when needed. Drew became the first African American to receive his doctorate from Columbia University. 

World War II & The Need for Blood      

His thesis and research at Columbia earned him great recognition, and Dr. Drew was asked to serve as the medical director for a special medical project known as “Blood for Britain” which provided life-saving blood supplies for both British soldiers and civilians. With World War II raging and the number of casualties growing, the demand for life-saving blood supplies and materials drastically increased. As the medical director for “Blood for Britain,” Drew supervised the successful collection of roughly 14,500 pints of plasma for the British. 

In February 1941, Drew was appointed medical director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank. He developed a blood bank to be used for the U.S. Army and Navy, but became frustrated with the military’s request for segregating blood donations by African Americans. 

He argued strongly against the exclusion of blood donations by African American donors and plasma-supply networks. Later, the U.S. military would accept blood donations for African Americans but required that those donations be stored separately from that of whites. Outraged by this policy, he resigned from his official posts, after seven months. 

Death & Legacy   

Drew returned to Howard University in 1941, where he served as a surgeon and professor of medicine, as the head of the university’s department of surgery. He became chief surgeon at Freedman’s Hospital and in the same year became the first African American examiner for the American Board of Surgery. 

In recognition of his work and success on the British and American blood bank projects, the NAACP awarded him the Spingarn Medal in 1944. Both Virginia State College and his alma mater, Amherst, presented him with an honorary doctor-of-science degree in 1945 and 1947. 

A highly regarded medical professional, Drew remained active in the final years of his life. On April 1, 1950, Drew was driving with three other physicians to the annual meeting of the John A. Andrews Association in Tuskegee, Alabama, when his car struck the soft shoulder of the road and overturned. Drew was severely injured and rushed to a nearby hospital in Burlington, North Carolina where he succumbed to his injuries just a half-hour later. His three passengers survived the crash. 

At his untimely death, Drew was only 45 years old and left behind his wife, Minnie, his four children, and a legacy of inspiration and service. Since his passing, Drew continues to receive countless posthumous honors. In 1981, Drew was issued a stamp in his honor in the U.S. Postal Service’s Great Americans stamp series. Numerous schools, health, and education institutions have been named in his honor. To read more about Dr. Drew and how his work still impacts our society, visit Dr. Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, a private, nonprofit, community-founded, student-centered University dedicating to cultivating diverse health professions leaders and preserving Dr. Drew’s legacy.

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How Much Exercise is Right for Kids?

Many of us are spending more time at home because of COVID-19. Unfortunately, more time at home means less exercise for many children who are missing out on recess, P.E. classes, and extracurricular activities. Exercise is critical to children’s health. No matter the age, children need exercise because it helps them sleep better, reduce stress, and improves their overall physical and mental health. 

So, how much exercise does your child need exactly? 

Our Sr. Director of Pediatrics at Trusted Medical, Kelly Ann Williams, MSN, CPNP-AC, PNP-BC answers this question and shares tips to help you ensure that your child is getting the amount of exercise that he or she needs. 

Infants

Children, as young as infants, need daily exercise. Infants need at least 30 minutes of exercise a day- that includes tummy time, reaching for objects, or crawling. All of these daily exercises your little one can do from the comfort of your home. 

Toddlers

Toddlers need about 3 hours of exercise per day on average. The time of exercise can be spread throughout the day. They can easily get exercise by playing with their toys or pushing activity walkers. 

Children (Ages 3-5)

Just like toddlers, children ages 3-5 years old need at least 3 hours of daily exercise spread throughout the day. However, they also need 60 minutes of moderate exercise that increases their heart rate. Activities such as running outside while at home, playing with balls, and learning to ride a bike are all great activities that children can do to meet their daily exercise requirement.

Children (School-Age) 

School age children need at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical exercise per day. While at home, school age children can get exercise by jumping rope, throwing a ball, running or jumping activities. 

Teens

Teenagers need to exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day, three to four times a week. These can include physical activities and exercises they can do at home, including yoga, running, dancing, or any other sports related activity. 

Here is a fun idea to try while your family is at home: Try exercising together! This can include taking a family walk, putting some music on for a family dance party, making household chores an exercise game, or going for a family bike ride. 

Exercising together as a family is a great way to spend time together and bond, while also making sure the entire family is getting the required amount of daily exercise needed for their age range. 

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How to Avoid Firearm Injuries with Texas Gun Experience

For many, a trip to the gun range is a fun recreational activity and exhilarating experience but that does not mean it’s not risky and comes without injuries. More than 67,000 persons are injured by firearms each year with gun injuries accounting for more than $48 billion in medical and work loss costs annually according to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health.

Shooting at a gun range can be dangerous therefore it’s important to know about gun safety and how to protect yourself and others while shooting a firearm. Trusted ER has teamed up with the Texas Gun Experience in Grapevine to share important tips about gun safety and some common injuries that can occur while shooting and how to avoid them.

The most common injuries that occur when shooting a firearm at a gun range include:

1.)  Hand Injuries

One of the first things to watch out for in gun safety is avoiding hand injuries. Two of the most common hand injuries are the slide bite and the barrel burn. A slide bite is a laceration on the web of the hand between the thumb and the pointer finger that occurs when the slide moves back and lacerates the thumb. This is often the most common hand injury and a sign that the gun was not gripped properly. Lacerations from firearms can be painful and in severe cases, if the wound is deep enough, may require stitches. A barrel burn is a type of burn on the hands that occurs when touching the barrel of the gun when it’s extremely hot after firing. Barrel burns can be severe and may require bandages and other antibiotics to treat the burn.

2.)  Eye Injuries

Eye injuries are another common type of injury that can happen while at the gun range. To prevent any ocular injury, it is imperative that you wear safety and protection gear, such as eye goggles, to prevent any damage from occurring. According to the “Elsevier Review’s Survey of Ophthalmology: Gun-related eye injuries: A primer” gun-related eye injuries are, “present in nearly 30% of all facial and cranial gunshot wound victims, and over half result in permanent visual dysfunction.” An eye injury can also occur as a result of shooting a firearm when there is an extended brass that comes back and hits you in the eye. Be sure to get checked out if you experience any injury to your eye to ensure there is no further damage to your vision nor rifts in your eye.  

3.)  Ear Injuries

It is important to wear ear protection when shooting a firearm to prevent any damage to the ear such as hearing loss. Exposure to extremely loud noises from firearms such as rifles can permanently damage your hearing. Keep in mind that recreational shooting can put your ears at risk and that “peak sound pressure levels from firearms range from 140 to 175dB” according to the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

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10 Good Habits to Replace Bad Habits for the New Year

If we’re not careful, sometimes our bad habits can overpower our good. Bad habits can affect us emotionally, mentally, physically, and contribute to the leading causes of death in the United States (like smoking). Bad habits are learned over time and subconsciously become a part of our daily routine.

The good news is that bad habits can be unlearned and transformed into good habits. With the New Year right around the corner, it’s not too late to quit these bad behaviors and replace them with good ones.

Keep reading to discover 10 good habits to replace bad habits in 2021.

1.  Eating Breakfast

Bad Habits to quit for the New Year

Bad: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many people skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast can cause people to overeat later in the day and can lead to obesity. People who skip breakfast deprive their body of essential nutrients and can cause their blood sugar to drop.

Good: Eating breakfast every day provides significant benefits to your health overall. To avoid skipping breakfast in the morning, plan what you’re going to eat for breakfast the night before, along with the time and place. Schedule it as a part of your daily routine so that you can plan to eat a healthy nutritious breakfast every morning until it becomes a new good habit.

2.  Going To Bed On Time

Bad: For the night owls out there, the idea of going to bed early seems almost impossible. Going to bed late prevents you from getting a good night’s rest and interrupts your natural sleep schedule. This makes it even more challenging to wake up in the morning and feel refreshed and ready to start your day. You may even find yourself feeling more sluggish and lethargic throughout the day as a result of going to bed late therefore decreasing your overall productivity.

Good: Practice going to bed early to avoid staying up late. Schedule a time to be in bed and stick to going to bed at this time every night. If you find yourself staying up late as a result of watching TV or scrolling on your phone on social media, choose a time to turn off your electronics. Try creating an evening routine to meet your goal of being in bed by a certain time to avoid staying up and going to bed late. By going to bed early, you’re guaranteed to get more quality sleep at night.

3.   Quitting Nail Biting

Bad: Do you find yourself biting your nails out of stress, nervousness, or sheer boredom? Typically, nail-biting begins during childhood and can continue into adulthood. Nail-biting is a serious, unsanitary habit that can lead to long term damage to your nails, cuticles, and can even cause bacterial infections. 

Good: If you’re struggling to stop biting your nails, you’re not alone. Activities such as going for a walk, chewing gum, distracting your hands with a pen to write, or even a stress ball can prevent you from biting your nails. If you still find yourself biting your nails incessantly even after trying remedies to help, try putting lemon juice or hot sauce on your fingertips for a week. These can act as a great deterrent when you get the urge to start biting.

4.  Being Punctual

Bad: Running late is not only rude and inconsiderate of other people’s time, but it’s also a sign you are often “rushing” through the day. People who are chronically late often underestimate the amount of time they have to complete a task or arrive on time. In some cases, running late may also suggest you are disorganized and have a lack of consideration for others.

Good: If you are running late often, try identifying the reasons behind your tardiness. Practice punctuality by planning out your schedule and tasks beforehand. Practice arriving at least 10-15 minutes early before any appointment, class, event, etc. If you have a task to complete before an appointment or event, give yourself an extra 30 minutes to complete the task so that you will not run the risk of being late.

5.  Reducing Your Smartphone Screen Time

Bad: In the day and age we live in, most of us are addicted to our phones. We live through our phones and are constantly checking text messages, emails, phone calls, social media, and more. We oftentimes don’t even realize how much time we are spending on our devices. It’s a toxic habit that most of us tend to overlook. Not only is it a bad habit to be constantly distracted by our phones, but it can also appear rude or offensive when we are spending time with others  

Good: If you check your phone repeatedly throughout the day, try scheduling times to specifically check your phone. By doing this, you’ll find yourself more productive in how you use your phone. For example, instead of aimlessly scrolling on social media throughout the day, you can reserve a time just to check your Facebook or reply to your emails.

6.   Get Moving!

Bad: When you work a sedentary job, it may seem impossible to avoid sitting all day. At home, you may find yourself sitting even more while you eat dinner and sit on the couch to watch TV. Sitting all day can have negative short-term and long-term effects on our health including poor posture, varicose veins, obesity, dementia, and can increase our risk of getting diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

Good: If your job requires a lot of time sitting, try getting up to move and do a little exercise every hour. Plan and set a reminder to stand up and stretch for a couple of minutes to keep your blood flowing and circulating. Other alternatives include walking while talking on the phone instead of sitting and committing to at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to keep your muscles moving.  

7.   Stop Procrastinating

Bad: Procrastination, it’s so easy to do but if you’re not careful, it can wreak havoc on your life. It can keep you from being productive and delay you from getting important tasks done and meeting deadlines. Many people who procrastinate, have higher levels of stress and a lower level of well-being.

Good: It’s important to identify the triggers that may cause you to procrastinate. Do you procrastinate when an assignment or task is challenging? Do you delay tasks that aren’t self-gratifying and choose other tasks instead? Be sure to ask yourself these questions to help you identify the type of procrastinator you are. Once you identify the type of procrastinator you are, you can plan more effectively on how to be more productive. To avoid procrastination, make sure you prioritize getting organized and set achievable goals. You may also want to consider creating a timeline or schedule and removing any distractions that may cause you to procrastinate.   

8.  Saving Money

Bad: Many people struggle to save money for both short and long-term goals, as more people prioritize spending and paying bills over saving. In the long run, not saving money can prove to be stressful especially during emergency situations. If your bank account is lacking in savings, it may be time to rethink your budgeting and spending habits.

Good: If you are struggling to save money, it’s time to reassess and prioritize saving. Consider where your money is going and record your monthly expenses. The most important part of learning how to save is to figure out exactly how much you’re earning and spending, otherwise known as budgeting! Once you’ve narrowed down how much you are spending, you can start setting aside money to save. Then you can watch your savings grow.

9.   Letting Go of a Grudge

Bad: When people have hurt or wronged us, it may be difficult to let it go and forgive. Even if we may feel that it is warranted, holding a grudge against someone can be detrimental to your health. Generally, most people think holding a grudge is harmless, but studies show that people who are bitter and hold grudges have higher blood pressure and are more likely to die from heart disease than people who forgive.

Good: To let go of a grudge, it’s important for you to learn how to deal with anger and let it go even when it’s difficult. Try to shift the focus from the person to yourself, and make it about you and your healing journey. Practice letting go of a grudge by embracing forgiveness and releasing bitterness, anger, resentment, and any other pain that you feel. By learning to forgive, you will learn to heal faster, restore peace within yourself, and continue and move forward with life.

10. Go to the Doctor and Make Your Health a Priority

Bad: Skipping appointments to visit your healthcare provider is never a good idea and puts you at a greater risk for developing chronic diseases. Scheduling an annual visit with your healthcare provider is vital to your health as it aids in preventive measures

Good: It’s important to set aside time each year to go in for a wellness exam and check in with your healthcare provider. These yearly check-ups allow your healthcare provider to detect any illnesses or health concerns early. Wellness visits are a form of preventive care and should be a top priority for your health every year.