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Most of us remember what it was like to be sick as a kid. The popsicles, cartoons, and ability to stay home from school can make it seem like a fond memory.

But the truth is, ear and upper respiratory infections make children miserable, and can lead to more severe issues, if not treated properly.

Has anyone ever said to you, “I can’t wait for it to frost over so my allergies go away”? Well, it turns out that their troubles may not end with the arrival of cold weather. For some people, dropping temperatures actually signal a rise in allergies.

When temperatures cool, more time is spent indoors. Inside, we experience an increased exposure to indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, pets, and household cleaning products and perfumes. This is why there are more prevalent incidents of runny noses and coughing during the winter. Sometimes we even mistake these allergy symptoms for a cold or flu. If you have prolonged sneezing, congestion, and other uncomfortable symptoms that just won’t quit, consider talking to the allergy specialists at JSC in Roanoke about winter allergies.

Due to the many recent changes in healthcare regulations and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting on January 1st, 2014 the Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be asking for your insurance card at each visit. 

Please remember to bring it with you for every appointment. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

This month, we honor the veterans who have risked their lives to serve our country. The most prevalent health-related problem reported by returning veterans is hearing loss. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Veterans, an estimate of more than 78,000 veterans will return home from Iraq and Afghanistan with some degree of hearing loss. It is the most common condition found in soldiers post-conflict, along with traumatic brain injury.

This month, encourage the important men in your life to get screened for prostate cancer. All through September, healthcare clinics, doctors and communities, like Roanoke, Virginia, work to educate people about this common form of cancer in men. Here is some important information to know about prostate cancer, research, screening, and prevention.

The Jefferson Surgical Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia is pleased to announce a new addition to our vascular surgery staff – Dr. Thomas Conlee, M.D.

A 2006 graduate of Saint George’s University, Dr. Conlee completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York in 2011.

Your body's vascular system includes arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and away from your heart. Unfortunately, problems with this network of blood vessels are common and can be very serious.

In some cases, arteries may become hardened, thick and built up with deposits of fat and plaque (a condition called atherosclerosis). Some vascular diseases lead to blood clots, which prevent blood flow to the brain or heart. Another vascular issue is caused when blood vessels burst, causing bleeding inside the body.

Any vein has the potential to transform into a varicose vein. Varicose veins are enlarged and knotted and most commonly occur in your legs and feet. Standing and walking upright puts pressure on the veins in your lower body.

Some people develop spider veins, which is a common and mild form of varicose veins. These are not painful or harmful to your overall health.

Several members of the Jefferson Surgical Clinic staff plan to participate as a team in the upcoming Roanoke Color Run. The untimed 5k race celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community.

Participants are asked to wear white clothing, as they will be drenched in colorful paint at each kilometer.

It's Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Like many cancers, early detection is instrumental in positive outcomes. More than 90% of colon cancer cases can be prevented with the recommended screens, which usually begin around age 50. It's one of the most treatable cancers if caught early, and it's one of the most easily detected.

Spring is officially here!

If you're gearing up for a session of spring cleaning but are concerned about causing your allergies to flare up, try these tips to cut down on discomfort.

Effective January 1st, 2013, the Jefferson Surgical Clinic ENT doctors will no longer be seeing patients at the Braeburn Drive location. All future appointments with Dr. Zachmann will be at the 1234 Franklin Road S.W. office in Roanoke. ENT patient files and paperwork will automatically be transferred.

Jefferson Surgical's Braeburn office will continue to see neurosurgery and spine surgery patients.

If you have questions regarding the ENT department, please contact us.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is aware of the recent CDC and VDH reports of Aspergillus Meningitis cases associated with epidural spinal injections using Methylprednisolone acetate. JSC's Interventional Center does not use this drug in the administration of spine injections.

It’s a good thing that hearing aid technology is developing too. Because of loud music and machinery, more people need hearing aids at a younger age than ever before. And since hearing loss is also a common birth defect – about 12,000 babies are born with hearing defects each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – it’s important to evaluate your child’s hearing at an early age.

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