RAPID CITY, SD – This year, Pam Penfield’s Christmas will include Thanksgiving. The Newcastle woman, who works at the local newspaper in advertising, as a photographer, and part-time proof reader, was experiencing rapid vision loss. Her impaired vision was creating limitations in her ability to do her job, as well as perform normal, necessary tasks such as driving or shopping for groceries. Today, as she prepares for the Christmas holiday, she is giving thanks to Northern Plains Eye Foundation (NPEF) for sight-saving surgery that has given her not only restored vision, but renewed hope.
We are excited to announce that Rapid City Medical Center is going to be offering 3D mammography in November 2017. We will be the first practice in Western South Dakota to offer this technology!
3D mammography detects cancers 15 months sooner than traditional 2D mammography and has a 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive cancers. This technology is also 40 percent more accurate with fewer false alarms.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is much more than a sexually transmitted disease (STD). While being the most common STD, it affects both genders, can cause pre-cancers and cancers and in some cases goes undetected. Thankfully modern medicine has produced vaccines for the most serious strains and young adults between twelve to sixteen are encouraged to take advantage of this source of prevention.
Today the solar eclipse will span the United States, coast to coast, for the first time since the summer of 1918. This will impact areas from Oregon to South Carolina, turning daylight into twilight during one of the world’s most unique phenomenons. A total solar eclipse is defined as the point when the Moon completely covers the Sun; a total eclipse can only occur when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth’s surface. Though the solar eclipse is one of the most unique, naturally occurring events, it must be viewed using proper eyewear to prevent eye damage.
Hiking in the Black Hills can be enjoyable until you come across a patch of poison ivy. Poison ivy and Hiking coincide as it is the most familiar poisonous plant in the Black Hills. It is an allergenic plant which causes a reaction in most, but not all people. About 85% of the American population is allergic. Having a reaction to poison ivy may at first be scary, below are some preventative measures and ways to control the reaction if you come in contact with the plant.
Summer activities are endless, but in the recent extreme heat the risk of dehydration has increased. The body loses water naturally through sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. Dehydration is the excessive loss of water from the body, and can become a major issue. People may not recognize the symptoms until they are already dehydrated. It is extremely important to balance this loss especially during these hot, summer months.
We are pleased to welcome Jennifer May, M.D. and her Rheumatology practice to the Rapid City Medical Center. Her interests include treatment of osteoarthritis, gout, tendinitis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She is especially passionate about systemic vasculitis.
Foot and ankle injuries can ruin a hiking adventure, but they are easier to prevent than one may think. One of the best ways to prevent injuries begins with a good quality, proper fitting hiking boot with good ankle support. This way no blisters can form and injuries are less prone to occur.
It is hard to believe that the “dog days” of summer are fast approaching. As the mercury rises and our summer fun begins, heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke might occur.
Heat stress syndromes, such as heat exhaustion and stroke, often occur during the first days of a heat wave. These syndromes generally occur when the temperature outside is greater than 90 degrees F, with a relative humidity greater than 60 percent. Unfortunately, those who are affected most by the heat tend to be the very young and the very old. Continue reading “Heat Stroke & More: What You Need to Know About Heat Stress Syndromes”
The skin is the body’s largest organ and is home to millions of blood vessels, hair follicles, and nerve endings. Thus, our skin matters and proper protection is needed begining in childhood. This protection can be as easy as using a high quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen or sunblock that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.