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AllergiesOne often equates red eyes, runny noses and tissue boxes with the spring and autumn allergy seasons. Allergy sufferers know all too well that the end of spring does not usher in the end of discomfort – season changes just bring a shift of allergy symptoms.

That’s because allergy culprits vary from season to season. As summer goes on, most of the vegetation dies and conditions become drier. Coupled with high humidity levels, this produces an ideal environment for mold and fungi – which grow on dead leaves and grass – to form.

JSC Colon Cancer Awareness 1Are you 50 years old—or older—and putting off colorectal cancer screening? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and a good time to learn about this disease. What are your risks and why should you be screened?

Colorectal cancer is preventable and yet it is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Experts believe that 40,000 lives could be saved each year by widespread adoption of screening and early treatment.

JSC Hearing LossWhile hearing loss is common—one out of three Americans over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss—it’s a topic that is often avoided. Learning about this condition can help you manage symptoms and improve your ability to work, learn, and enjoy life. Types of hearing loss are:

Conductive Hearing Loss

When sound isn’t properly transferred to the eardrum and the middle ear, the condition is called conductive hearing loss. Symptoms include reduced sound levels and the inability to hear faint sounds. Medical and surgical techniques can sometimes correct this type of hearing loss. Causes of conductive hearing loss include injury, infection, allergies, benign growths and structural problems.

pic2There is nothing like talking directly with the expert! On January 14, Dr. Steven Harris hosted a Facial Rejuvenation open house at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.

In addition to explaining treatment options—ranging from the forehead to the neck—Dr. Harris spent time with each visitor. He discussed the potential benefits of surgery for each individual, as well as explored whether they are a good candidate for such procedures.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for the next open house to benefit from Dr. Harris’s expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn how safe, simple procedures, including the mini facelift can restore your look, contact Jefferson Surgical Clinic. Facial rejuvenation can be done more quickly and with less downtime than you might imagine.

Winter AllergiesWhere Do Winter Allergies Come From? When you think about seasonal allergies, do you focus on the

high-pollen counts of spring and fall? While cooler temperatures often mean relief from outdoor allergies, some individuals face increased exposure to the indoor allergens that plague them.

More Time Indoors

In the winter, we spend more time indoors, where dust mites, insect particles, mold and pet shedding become more concentrated in the air. The dust you see on your furniture will make anyone sneeze, but some of the component parts can also cause ongoing problems for those with allergic sensitivity.

Breast CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—a great time to remind yourself, friends and family about the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. Why? Because more women are taking care of themselves and taking advantage of improvements in screening techniques. Early detection of breast cancer leads to more treatment options, less extensive surgery and better outcomes.

ColonWouldn’t it be great if you could do something to reduce your risk of colon cancer? A recent study published in the March 9, 2015 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that a vegetarian diet, especially one including fish, can significantly reduce your risk of colorectal cancer.

While researchers aren’t able to pinpoint whether eating meat is harmful or if eating vegetables is protective, the study of 77,000 adults shows that a healthy vegetarian diet is associated with a 22 percent lower risk of colon and rectal cancers. The vegetarians also ate less sugar and junk food, and consumed more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts. Participants with the lowest risk—reduced by 43 percent—were pesco-vegetarians, those who also ate fish and shellfish.

Most Americans get too much sodium in their diets. Excess sodium causes the body to retain too much water, contributing to conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.

You might think the answer is just to hide the salt shaker at the table, but most sodium in the American diet comes from restaurant food and packaged foods, even ones that don’t taste salty, like cookies and breads. This extra salt extends the food’s shelf life but may shorten yours.

Unsightly spider veins are those small varicose veins that appear as jagged purple and blue lines visible through the skin. Usually they are seen on the legs, but can appear on the face and chest as well.

Keeley 1We are so fortunate to have a comprehensive Healing Arts Program in Roanoke. At Jefferson Surgical Clinic, we are especially proud of the fact that Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley, one of our founding partners, was the creator of this integrated approach to healing. The program bears his name as a tribute to this extraordinary man and physician who recently passed away at the age of ninety-two.

Dr. Keeley started the Healing Arts Program to provide activities for patients to make their post-operative or recovery hospital stay more advantageous. He knew how important it is to treat the whole patient, not just their symptoms. Healing arts programs have shown to be beneficial in reducing length of stay and the need for pain medication. Blood pressure and heart rates are also reduced by the inspirational and restorative program components.

The Dr. Robert L.A. Keely Healing Arts Program uses literary, performing and visual art experience to enhance and facilitate the healing process. Located at Carilion Clinic, the program offers a variety of artistic experiences for patients, families, and staff. Artists in Residence perform art, music, dance and theater to stimulate the patient’s interests. The Food is Art Gallery provides the artists with creative expression and the viewers with interesting visuals. Journaling provides patients the opportunity to express themselves. And the Healing Garden provides a quiet, beautiful place to reflect, relax and get away from the hospital setting. Together, these components create a calming, inspirational and restorative environment that address the emotional needs of patients and their families.

To learn more about the Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, please call 540-224-5398 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harter 1After 24 years of providing ENT services for our community, Dr. Geoff Harter will retire October 5th. The physicians and staff of Jefferson Surgical Clinic wish Dr. Harter the very best in retirement and thank him for many years of expert, compassionate care for his patients.

If you are a patient of Dr. Harter, your medical records will be maintained at Jefferson Surgical Clinic.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic's board certified ENT physician - Dr. Gregory Zachmann - will continue to offer their extensive experience and training in Roanoke, Salem, and surrounding Virginia and West Virginia communities.

At Jefferson Surgical Clinic, we know that managing expectations and establishing goals for patients before vascular treatment are essential for a good outcome. But all patients have questions about recovery after vascular surgery. Maybe you aren’t sure which activities are safe to perform, or when it’s appropriate to take prescribed medications.

Dr. Daniel Clair is Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and he gives some very helpful tips on post-operative recovery in this video. Watch as he discusses what to expect after surgical treatment.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, but our colon health is something we should focus on year-round.

There are several factors that impact your colon health, but only 5-10% of colon cancers care caused by a heritable mutation.  Unfortunately, you can’t control your genetic make-up, or these other risk factors:

  • Age
  • History of poor colon health
  • Inflammatory bowel disorders
  • Family history of colon health problems.

The two risk factors you can control – lifestyle and diet – will have the biggest impact on your colon health. Inactivity, obesity, smoking, and heavy alcohol use are all linked to a higher incidence of colon cancer, as is a diet high in red meat, processed meat, and fat.


When it comes to the good and the bad in foods, it seems like the media is always changing its mind. Is milk good or bad for adults? What about chocolate, or coffee? Get the facts behind the myths, and enjoy the benefits of better skin!

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