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Health Enewsletter July 2015

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Arthritis Walk 2015

What is the "Heavy" on being Heavy?

The Patient Access to Treatment Act: H.R. 1600

Would you like to become more engaged in politics issues relating to your healthcare?

Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates
8143 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova TN 38018
1-901-753-0168; Rheuderm@Comcast.net
 

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Dr. George
Woodbury and Dr. Cathy Chapman
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates
5210 Poplar Ave #150
Memphis TN
8143 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova, TN 38018
 (901) 753-0168
  (901) 683-9926
 
 
This happy child wants you to join Drs. Woodbury and Chapman
this month, as we take a look at the Arthritis Walk, at weight control,
and at helping our patients who have need of biologic therapies to
afford the drugs that they need.
Health ENewsletter July-August 2015   
 

Rheumatology and Dermatology staff and friends joined the Walk to Cure Arthritis June 6th 2015, in Shelby Farms, Memphis TN.
 
Over 500 people participated in this walk to raise money for arthritis research.

There are over 300 types of arthritis, and some even affect kids. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation tells us that over 6700 children in Tennessee suffer from varieties of juvenile arthritis. Over 1.2 million adults in Tennessee suffer from adult types of arthritis. The key to improvements in treatment lies in medical research. Check out Arthritis Foundation.org.

And Dr. Chapman has been a long-term advocate for the Arthritis Foundation.
 

Dr. George
Woodbury and Dr. Cathy Chapman
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates
5210 Poplar Ave #150
Memphis TN
8143 Walnut Grove Road
Cordova, TN 38018
 (901) 753-0168
 
Drs. Chapman and Woodbury celebrated 22 years of practicing
together in Memphis TN on June 25th 2015. Our clinic - Rheumatology
and Dermatology Associates - is one of a half dozen combined clinics in
the United States focusing on these two specialties 
 
Do you know where our logo came from?
Emily Woodbury - our daughter - now a senior
medical student at Columbia University in
New York City anticipating going into obstretics
and gynecology - designed the logo to illustrate
that people benefit most when healthcare personnel
work together with the whole family to meet
healthcare needs - i.e. we try to nurture a team-wise
approach to keeping you healthy.
George R. Woodbury Jr, MD
Cathy M. Chapman, MD
Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates, P.C.
 
  What is the "Heavy" on being Heavy?

Everybody in America knows that being overweight has consequences for your health. Rheumatologists have long known that excess weight contributes to the development of Osteoarthritis a.k.a. Degenerative Arthritis. However, newer research has shown that obesity contributes to most types of arthritis including Rheumatoid Arthritis. This occurs when fat tissue produces proteins known as lipokines and adipokines that damage the joint.
Currently, the only way to beat these damaging proteins is to lose weight.
The good news is that research shows that only about 5% of weight loss
will slow down the progression of the arthritis. Ten percent weight loss may
actually stop the deterioration.  For example, if you are a 5' 4" woman of
average build and weigh 200 pounds, your ideal body weight is around 120
pounds BUT if you can lose just 10 pounds you can help your joints and 20
pounds will make a dramatic difference.
Everybody who has needed to lose weight knows that losing weight is difficult.


Rheumatology and Dermatology Medical Assistants Vicki and Shirley
encourage all to "get moving," for both the health of your joints and your
heart and lungs.


There are many weight loss programs available. However, the best are those that allow you to eat much like you normally do but with long term sustainable changes. Consider making a list of all the food you eat in a day and find just one or two things you can change. For example, that late evening snack, that can of cola at lunch daily, that dessert after dinner, or that fast food French fries. Even these small changes can result in ½-2 pounds weekly weight loss. It doesn't sound like much but in 6 months that could be 50 pounds! Note that artificial sweeteners tend to increase the appetite for sugary foods so try to avoid "diet" drinks. Don't forget exercise. Exercise is not one size fits all. Depending on the amount of arthritis you have, level of fitness, and interests, your "work out" may vary from the established fitness center routine. Swimming, water aerobics, exercise bike/elliptical, just plain-ole-walking are excellent activities. The key is to find something and do it regularly. If you have arthritis, avoid high impact activities such as kick boxing, basketball, and FYI stair masters, all of which are bad for arthritic knees. If you find you must stop your routine for any reason, just get back at it when you can and modify it if you need to. Stretching is also important to decrease stiffness and improve mobility. Do not do anything which hurts but if the stretching is challenging that is fine. Yoga and tai chi are good stretching activities. 
Although there is no cure for most types of arthritis, new information about the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis is being discovered almost every day. Keep fighting the pain and stiffness of arthritis and enjoy your life!
    - Cathy Chapman MD, 06/08/2015


 
Please encourage your federal representative and your two federal
senators to support what’s called
HR 1600: the Patient Access to Treatment Act.
 • Limits patients’ cost-sharing requirements for specialty tier drugs  •
Reduces financial burden for patients  • Increases access to life-saving biologics
• Allows patients to function and remain in the workforce
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To reach your elected officials: 1-888-434-6200:
TN Senators: Bob Corker+Lamar Alexander; Rep. Steve Cohen+Rep. Stephen Fincher.
Arkansas Senators: Tom Cotton+John Boozman. Rep.Rick Crawford
Mississippi Senators: Thad Cochran+Roger Wicker. Representative Kelly Trent. 
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Would you like to become more engaged in the
politics of your healthcare?

Dr. Woodbury generally attends the American Academy of Dermatology
Legislative Conference, in Washington DC, this year on September 27th to 29th
2015. He also generally meets with many of the western Tennessee state senators and
representatives, in the summer-fall of the year. If you would like more information
on these meetings, please drop us a return Email or phone call.
 

Tips on finding a good sunscreen:

 The US Food and Drug Administration—which regulates sunscreens in this country—has now issued a new set of rules on how products promoted as sunscreens can be advertised. The effective date of these new rules was December of 2012.
 
Some tips on selecting a good sunscreen:
· Look for the statement “broad spectrum.” Broad spectrum means the sunscreen protects against the worst ultraviolet rays—which are called UVB rays—but also UVA rays—which have been implicated in wrinkling and also contribute to skin cancer. (Older sunscreens didn’t have much UVA protection.)
 
· Look at the SPF on the label, which stands for Sun Protection Factor. This number measures the length of time one can be in the sun before developing  a sunburn with the sunscreen on, compared to how long one could be in the sun with no sunscreen before a burn occurs. So SPF 10 would imply that one could be in the sun 10 times longer when using that sunscreen.
 
· Note that the SPF number is misleading since it implies you’ve used the required amount of sunscreen. Even an SPF 150 sunscreen is not worth much if you’ve sweated it all of!
 
· The statement “waterproof” is now prohibited on sunscreens. “Water resistant” is allowed but it only measures ability to protect from a burn after either 40 or 80 minutes in a pool. So reapply that sunscreen every two hours! And you can look for cream, gel, spray, or aerosol forms of sunscreen.
 
· The FDA is still studying whether to restrict claims of SPFs over 50 (such products are more expensive without much additional protection). Keep tuned for further developments.
 

For questions, comments, or if you would like to
be added to our email list, please email “purplhealth@yahoo.com”or call 1-901-753-0168.
George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (07/01/2015)