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Valley Fever Cases Rising in Arizona!
Cases of Valley Fever in Arizona are up by nearly 50 percent over this time last year and “new laboratory data suggests a seasonal uptick in the disease is now underway”, says a local expert in the potentially fatal fungal infection. 
 
The disease is not contagious, but the reason it’s important to catch valley fever early is that it can be treated with antifungal medications. But if treated with routine antibiotics, including penicillin, the condition could get worse.
 
There have been 3,343 cases of Valley Fever reported to the state this time last year. The Arizona state also recorded 48 deaths due to Valley Fever last year.
 
“Right now residents, doctors and visitors in these areas should be on a greater look out for Valley Fever”, he said.
 
We urge you to ask and tell your doctors that you should be screened for Valley Fever if you have symptoms suggestive of Valley Fever. 

Bio Family Clinic is proud to be offering “Same Day Walk-In Services” starting on Friday, March 1st, 2019. As part of Bio Family’s ongoing process to provide the best healthcare services to their patients and the county of Yuma, they have added another team member, Nurse Practitioner, Bola Falegan. She will be the designated provider handling our patients needs for our Walk-In Clinic, don’t spend hours waiting to be seen at the hospital or urgent care. The average wait time in a Yuma hospital before being seen is 15 minutes for medical emergencies and acute injuries (1). Non emergency wait times vary from 15 minutes to hours, based on the type of care needed you can wait between 3 to 5 hours before you are discharged and sent home, spending your entire day and being sent home with antibiotics or guided instructions and to follow up with your primary doctor. On top of that a hefty emergency room hospital bill. Why go through that when you can be seen within the same 15 minutes, get the needed diagnostic testing done and be on your way home, saving time and money. 

Same Day Assessment and Treatment

Cough Fever
Sore Throat Sprain and Strains
Ear Infections Sinus Infections
Immunizations Bladder Infections
Flu Symptoms Eye Irritations
Coumadin Management Allergies

Emergency Room Symptoms

Chest Pain/Pressure High Fever
Severe Bleeding Shortness of Breath
Numbness of Limb/Face Fainting/Loss of Consciousness
Broken Limb Head Trauma

The symptoms above are examples of what should be treated at the hospital and what should be treated at our Walk-In Clinic, this will help you decide what is an emergency and what is not considered an emergency. If you have any doubts if your symptoms are considered and emergency, just give us a call at (928) 342-6500.




1. Yuma Hospital Wait Times

01) We are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep.

02) Have trouble waking up on Monday morning? Blame “social jet lag” from your altered weekend sleep schedule.

03) Finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning is a real condition called Dysania. It may signal a nutritional deficiency, depression or other problems.

04) Insomnia is not defined by the sleep you lose each night, but by the drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, headaches, irritability and other problems it causes each day.

05) Today, 75% of us dream in color. Before color television, just 15% of us did.

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06) Being awake for 16 hours straight decreases your performance as much as if your blood alcohol level were .05% (The legal limit is .08%).

07) Going without sleep is likely to make you hungry as levels of leptin (an appetite-regulating hormone) fall.

08) Sleeping on the job is less of a problem in Japan. Companies may accept it as a sign of exhaustion from overwork.

09) Regular exercise usually improves your sleep patterns. Exercising sporadically or right before bed may keep you up.

10) If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep, you’re probably sleep deprived. Ideally, falling asleep should take 10-15minutes.

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01) More than 22 million Americans are dealing with sleep apnea right now.

02) 80% of moderate to severe sleep apnea cases are undiagnosed.

03) Sleep apnea symptoms include chronic snoring, waking up abruptly to the sensation of choking or gasping, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, awakening with a dry throat, morning headaches, and irritability.

04) Snoring doesn’t always equal sleep apnea, and sleep apnea doesn’t always equal snoring. Many sleep apnea patients don’t snore at all.

05) Individuals dealing with sleep apnea may awaken abruptly gasping for air upward of 30 times per hour during sleep.

06) Being male, overweight, middle-aged or older, and having a thick neck circumference are all risk factors for sleep apnea.

07) Sleep apnea affects women, too. Though women are eight times less likely to receive a diagnosis.

08) Up to 4% of children are dealing with sleep apnea, but it’s commonly misdiagnosed as “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”.

09) Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes.

10) Managing sleep apnea is entirely possible with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and/or lifestyle changes. Some lifestyle changes include losing weight, avoiding alcohol at night and quitting smoking.