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July 20, 2013- DMC Sports Medicine to Host Annual Sports Medicine Symposium in Detroit

June X, 2013—DMC Sports Medicine, in partnership with the Wayne State University School of Medicine, is hosting the 5th Annual Detroit Regional Sports Medicine Symposium Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Westin Book Cadillac, located at 1114 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

The DMC Sports Medicine program hosts the annual symposium to provide orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians, as well as students, fellows, residents, physical therapists and athletic trainers an opportunity to come together and share best practices. Objectives include current trends in the diagnosis and management of complex orthopaedic injuries, including non-surgical and surgical options, research and evidence-based review.


“This symposium is the culmination of our academic year and we look forward to this annual celebration of innovation in health care for sports injuries,” said DMC Sports Medicine President Dr. Stephen Lemos. “Attendees hear about the most cutting-edge advancements from the best in the business—this year including well-renowned clinical and academic leader, Dr. Christopher Harner, current president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is no other event in this area like this for this growing field and we hope to surpass our 185 in attendance last year.”

Registration includes all programming, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Pre-registration is required by July 24, 2013. Those interested in registering to attend the event should call EJ Rozek at (586) 558-2871 or visit www.dmc.org/sports.


WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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