Health Alerts

ALERT: KEEPING OUR KEIKI HEALTHY AND SAFE IN A DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT

Pani Shoja, MD Our environment includes everything around us—the air we breathe, the water we drink, the places where our food is grown or prepared, our school, workplace, and our home. When the environment exposes us to toxic substances, health can be affected negatively. This is especially true for children. Recently, the Hawaii Department [...]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, Health Tips|

ALERT: URGENT – GET YOUR HEPATITIS A SECOND DOSE ASAP

Pani Shoja, MD Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus which spreads from infected food or water. In August 2016, there was an outbreak of hepatitis A which sickened hundreds of Hawaii residents. The State of Hawaii Department of Health recently announced that more than 90,000 doses [...]

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: CASES OF STREP THROAT AND CONJUNCTIVITIS ARE ON THE RISE

Pani Shoja, MD At Urgent Care Hawaii clinics we’ve been seeing new cases of Strep Throat and Conjunctivitis, both of which need a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment. Sore throats can be caused by many factors such as viruses, allergies, dry air and drainage from a runny nose. Strep throat is caused by bacteria such [...]

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: OPIOID OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC UPDATE

Pani Shoja, MD Opioids are powerful drugs that affect the brain and slow down actions of the body including the heartbeat and breathing. Doctors provide opioid medication to treat pain and other health problems such as severe coughing. With long term use, the body becomes dependent on these medications which include commonly used [...]

January 13th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

HEALTH ALERT: CHILDREN NEED FLU VACCINES TODAY!

Pani Shoja, MD Schools in Hawaii will offer the "Stop Flu at School Program" sometime in late January, 2017. However, if your child has not received the flu vaccine, we recommend getting it as soon as possible. In general, it takes two weeks for the flu shot to start offering protection against the [...]

December 28th, 2016|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer

Pani Shoja, MD IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS FROM DR. PANI According to the CDC, it is estimated that more than half of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed to children in doctor office settings for colds, most of which are caused by viruses. Overuse of antibiotics is a cause of antibiotic-resistant infections. It is important to make [...]

December 14th, 2016|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: URGENT CARE HAWAII REPORTS INCREASED INCIDENTS OF STOMACH FLU

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS FROM DR. PANI Pani Shoja, MD Aloha!  We are seeing an increase in patients with the stomach flu. Here is some helpful information: Some of the symptoms are:  nausea vomiting watery diarrhea headaches muscle aches low grade fever TIPS: Drink the right fluids - water and sports drinks. Ginger and peppermint [...]

November 16th, 2016|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

NEW SAFE SLEEP RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INFANTS FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS FROM DR. PANI Pani Shoja, MD As a physician treating babies and children, I find it is increasingly important to keep parents well informed about steps they can take to decrease the chance of sleep related infant deaths, including SIDS. The medical community has been advising parents to put infants under [...]

November 6th, 2016|Categories: Health Alerts, News|
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