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Weekend doctor: Parenting during the covid-19 pandemic

Check the American Academy of Pediatrics website

By Cheryl Huffman, MD

 Pediatrics, Caughman Health Center

Being a parent is extremely rewarding; however, it can also be very demanding. The current COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many parents “out of their comfort zone.” Almost all children are out of school at this time. So, while it may seem like an “extended summer vacation,” it comes with additional burdens to parents.

Weekend doctor: COVID-19, mental health and physical well-being

By Brook Crawford, APRN-CNP
Family Medicine Certified Nurse Practitioner
Blanchard Valley Hospital

Let’s face it, COVID-19 has not been easy on anyone.

Since March 2020, we have experienced restrictions, stay-at-home orders, mandates and a plethora of other new “experiences” that most of us have never had in our lifetimes.

With these “experiences” come different emotions, thoughts and problems including, but not limited to, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and increased stress.

New physician joins ENT & Allergy Specialists

Dr. Tom Zhou has joined the medical staff at ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. Dr. Zhou is an otolaryngologist and will treat diseases of the head and neck. His office is located at 1110 W. Main Cross St. Suite G, Findlay, Ohio.

Dr. Zhou received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis, Minnesota). He then completed his residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Zhou is accepting new and existing patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 419.423.5492.

‘Why Choose BVHS for Women’s Health?’ virtual presentation Sept. 30

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “Why Choose BVHS for Women’s Health?” virtual presentation, a part of the 2020 virtual “Live and Learn” Facebook Live series.

Dr. Allison Westcott, a physician with Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology and Sara Weihrauch, PA-C, physician assistant with Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology, will co-host a livestream event. The topic will spotlight the services and care options provided by their experienced team. William Kose, MD, vice president of special projects, will serve as the event’s moderator.

Weekend doctor: Gallstones

Gallstones are commonly diagnosed with an ultrasound though other modalities can be used as well

By Thomas Strigle, MD
General Surgery
Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio

Gallstones are precipitations (collections) of bile that form into stones that range in size from sand crystals to golf balls.

They usually form in the gallbladder which is a sac-like organ sitting beneath the liver on the right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder’s purpose is to store the bile that the liver creates. 

Bile travels through ducts to empty into the intestine and helps digest the fatty foods we eat. Gallstones occur from an unbalanced collection of cholesterol, lecithin and bile salts in the bile.

Weekend doctor: Protecting yourself

From sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

By Malary McBride, APRN-CNP
Certifed Nurse Practitioner
Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month. 

Did you know that one in two sexually active persons will contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by age 25? However, this is not the only age group affected by STIs. STIs affect people of all ages and backgrounds. 

There are nearly 20 million new cases each year in the U.S. alone. Protecting yourself from STIs and getting screened for STIs is important. The only way to know if you have an STI is to be tested!