January 2015 Newsletter
Best wishes to all of our patients and their families for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
We are getting settled into our new quarters, Suite H101, 22707 S. Ellsworth Rd., in the same complex we were in. While our location has changed, our phone and fax numbers remain the same.   
Snacks Make Up Much of Children's Daily CaloriesMake Them Healthy!
Forty-five percent of boys and 34% of girls surveyed ate three square meals daily, with dinner being the most-skipped meal of the day, according to a series of reports.  Data also indicated that children get 42% of their total daily calories from snacks—so make them as healthy as you can!!
Limited Screen Time May Benefit Children's Health
Children who spend less time in front of a television, computer or smartphone screen may have lower obesity rates, according to a recent report.  Researchers found that screen time could be reduced through various interventions that can help change children's behavior.
From The Doctors:
Dr. Gomez:

Just a little bit more about exercise, and its value to our body and mind. So what is the big deal about exercise? Why is it so important? Well, this is where things do get interesting: it is NOT about “looking good” or “being in shape”, from a medical point of view,  it has some amazing benefits for you--and proven to make a difference in the physical, emotional and psychological benefit for all of us.
So think about it again: when did you, as an adult, stop exercising?  After high school? After college? Why? What if someone (say your parents) would have engrained in you how important exercising is? Knowing all the benefits of staying active, make it a point to start changing yourself into becoming a healthier more active adult--which is the most important and effective way not only to become a healthier individual, but also the best way to teach your children and teenagers: by example! By becoming role models! It is not easy, not at all, but worth it for you AND for the ones we love the most: our daughters and sons, they can and should inherit the wisdom of protecting their health through good old exercise.
Dr. Higuera:
This newsletter I thought I would briefly provide some information regarding HPV and the vaccine available.  Vaccination against HPV is not currently required by public schools but IS recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and The American Academy of Pediatrics.
What is HPV?  HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus and is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI).    It affects BOTH males and females.   There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect genital areas but can also infect the mouth and throat.
The HPV vaccine is available as a 3-shot series (over a period of 6 months).   Gardasil (common name for one of the vaccines available) protects against cervical cancer in women, genital warts, and anal and vaginal cancers.  In men, it also protects against penile cancer.   HPV vaccines offer the best protection when all 3 vaccines are received BEFORE being sexually active to give the immune system time to develop an appropriate response.   The vaccine is,   therefore,  recomm-ended to be initiated at 11years of age.
The most common side effect of the HPV vaccine is syncope, or fainting, after administration.
For this reason, your child will be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine.  Other common side effects are dizziness, nausea, headache, fever and localized pain/redness/swelling at the site of the injection.  All vaccines used in the United States go through years of extensive safety testing before being granted FDA approval.   They are then CONSTANTLY monitored for their safety and effectiveness.


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