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Nova Medical Centers Opens New Facility in Lubbock, Texas

Nova Medical Centers has opened its newest installment of purely occupational medicines in Red Raider Country.

The Lubbock location opened for business on October 7, 2013 and is Nova Medical Centers’ 34th open facility.  Nova Medical offers100% pure occupational medicine, including physicals, drug testing, vision and hearing screening, vaccinations, and work injury care and physical therapy.

The occupational medicine company is spanning its empire past Texas and is now in Georgia and is soon to be in Tennessee!

This new addition in Lubbock is located at 7307 University Avenueand is less than four miles (and only 10 minutes) from Texas Tech University.

The Lubbock facility features a clinic and an attached physical therapy center. Here they offer top-notch healthcare and physical therapy treatment to deliver optimal occupational medicine while achieving fast return to work rates. This way you don’t have to wait too long to be able to get back to work at your full capacity and you don’t have to be hurting when you can healing.

Their open, uncluttered physical therapy centers are an ideal place to heal! Nova is thrilled to be in the “hub city,” the land of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center!

For Nova Medical Centers‘ Lubbock location, we hope the Double T will get to be known for “Treatment and Therapy” as well as Tech Tech and Tortilla Tossing!

Don’t forget to WRECK ‘EM, TECH!

Nova Medical Centers is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sources of Vitamin C You Wouldn’t Expect

Typically, when we think of vitamin C, we think of oranges and lemons, but there are many fruits and vegetables that contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits.

Once people in the office start getting sick, it seems everyone rushes for vitamin C-rich foods or supplemental capsules. However, there are many alternatives to getting vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, into your system.

According to the George Mateljan Foundation for The World’s Healthiest Foods, papayas, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, pineapple, Brussels sprouts and kiwifruit, all rank above oranges in terms of their vitamin C content based on their nutrient density and daily value percentage.

All of the foods listed above and immediately below are considered “excellent sources” in terms of their daily values and percentages. Following in order of next best sources of vitamin C after oranges are: cantaloupe, kale, cauliflower, grapefruit, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens, raspberries, Swiss chard, lemons and limes (juice), cabbage, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, winter squash (baked), summer squash, spinach, watermelon, green beans, fennel, parsley, asparagus and cranberries.

So the next time you’re looking for a massive vitamin C fix, grab some papaya! It tops the ranks, having 313.12 percent of ascorbic acid per fruit and a nutrient density of 47.5 percent.

Not feeling like eating fruit? Eat a cup of raw bell pepper! Each cup contains 195.8 percent of the daily value and a nutrient density of 123.6.

Vitamin C is created by many living creatures on their own within their cells, including most mammals. However, according to a publication by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, “humans, primates, fruit-eating bats, guinea pigs, some birds and fish” are some of the few animals that cannot make vitamin C internally.

Since the body doesn’t manufacture this water-soluble vitamin on its own, it is important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in a daily diet for normal growth and development.

“There is extra body demand for vitamin C in traumatic injury, burns or infection [cases],” Michael Horoda, M.D., of Nova Medical Centers’ downtown San Antonio location, said. ”While it can be stored in the body for one to 6 months, the amount stored is directly related to diet.  So, some people have little and some people have a lot.”

“When an individual is deficient in vitamin C, they may experience symptoms of fatigue, mood changes, weight loss, joint and muscle aches, bruising, gum deterioration, dry hair and skin and be susceptible to infections,” Peter Ruiz, M.D., of Nova Medical Centers’ McAllen location, said.

If the deficiency continues, the symptoms become even worse.

“If you are totally cut off from a source of vitamin C you will eventually develop the medical illness known as ‘Scurvy,’ Horoda said. “Scurvy is a bad as it sounds.  Your red carpet appeal will nose dive as others notice brown spots on your skin, swollen, bleeding gums when you smile, and that you generally appear sick, ailing and weak.”

Luckily, scurvy is very rare now-a-days, but it does have a troubling history.

“The average American meets the daily requirements for this vitamin,” Victor Guerrero, M.D., at Nova Medical Centers’ South Austin location, said.  ”Historically, vitamin C deficiency often affected long-distance oceanic voyagers…. This deficiency was so pronounced it led to some sailors having irregular skin coloring, bleeding gums, non-healing wounds, tooth loss and [even] death.”

So branch out past the orange trees’ limbs and try getting vitamin C from the many broad choices you now know you have!

Preventing and Treating Mosquito Bites

With all the rain we’ve been getting this hurricane season, it is common to see more and more mosquitoes and their dreaded bites.

These pests seem to be everywhere at this time of year.

“They thrive in wet, moist, humid climates, especially in stagnant water areas,” Bryan Novosad, M.D., the physician at Nova Medical Centers’ Greenspoint location, said.

Getting rid of standing water that pools in areas after rain like flower pots, gutters and along curbs can help prevent mosquitoes from nesting near you. These areas are common breeding grounds for these pests.

“When a person gets bitten by a mosquito, they get an immediate local body reaction of itching, swelling and redness around the bitten area,” Novosad said.

As if the bite’s itching wasn’t enough grief already, mosquito bites can lead to infection if scratched to the point of creating an open sore, and if the mosquito is carrying certain diseases or viruses it can pass them on to its victims.

“In the Houston area, the mosquito [may] carry the West Nile virus (WNV),” Novosad said.

The West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can be found in temperate and tropical regions of the world.

According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, “most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.”

Luckily, mosquitoes and their pesky bites can be avoided with some precautionary measures.

Some ways to prevent mosquitoes and their bites are:

    • Remove all stagnant water around the house and yard
    • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when going outside at dusk and dawn
    • Avoid working in the yard at dusk and dawn
    • Use mosquito spray that contains DEET

Should you get bitten, “immediately putting an over-the-counter cortisone cream on the bitten area will relieve the itching and swelling for several hours,” Novosad said.

Help yourself avoid those nuisance insects, since hurricane season is enough of a worry on its own.