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18 New Autism-linked genes identified!

The Newest study out of the Autism Speaks MSSNG project – the world’s largest autism genome sequencing program – identified an additional 18 gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism. The new report appears this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience. It involved the analysis of 5,205 whole genomes from families affected by autism – making it the largest whole genome study of autism to date.

 

Deadly Drug Alert For Carfentanil

 

Mangano Issues Deadly Drug Alert For Carfentanil

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today issued a Deadly Drug Alert to warn the public of a new and potentially deadly narcotic known as Carfentanil – a synthetic opioid which has reportedly been causing increased fatal overdoses in the Midwest and may be making its way to New York. First responders and citizens trained to administer the lifesaving opioid reversal drug Naloxone should take extra precaution.

County Executive Mangano stated, “In the case of Carfentanil, both the person overdosing and the rescuer are in danger if they come into contact with this potent drug, as a miniscule amount of the powdery substance—that gets absorbed into the skin or is unwittingly inhaled—can cause overdose or death. Anyone attempting to assist a person overdosing on Carfentanil is advised to wear protective gloves and a face shield.”

Nassau County will be holding a free training and information session on April 13th from 7-9pm, where Nassau County Firefighters, EMTs and Ambulance Corps members, as well as those whose loved ones suffer with substance abuse disorder, will learn how to safely treat people under the influence of Carfentanil. Nassau County’s Toxicologist Joseph Avella will conduct the training session, along with Keith Scott from PSCH (formerly Pederson-Krag). Reports indicate first responders have exhibited signs of distress after providing first aid to Carfentanil overdose victims. Reservations are required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, please contact Eden Laikin at elaikin@nassaucountyny.gov or (516) 571-6105

A Downside of Gluten Free

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A gluten-free diet may have a downside: increased blood levels of arsenic and mercury, according to a preliminary report.  Concentrations of urinary arsenic in those on the gluten free diet were nearly twice as high as in those not on it. Blood levels of inorganic mercury were also significantly higher in gluten-free dieters.  Click here to read article.  

Three new flu deaths in kids

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The CDC reported three new pediatric deaths from influenza. So far this season, there have been a total of eight pediatric deaths. The CDC said there is still time for all children over the age of 6 months to get a flu vaccine, as several weeks in the flu season remain.

 

FDA warns of toxic substance in homeopathic teething products

Reuters (1/2poison7, Grover) reported the Food and Drug Administration on Friday “said…it has found high amounts of” belladonna, a toxic substance, “in homeopathic teething tablets, warning of its potential risk to infants and children.” The FDA also stated that it has “asked Standard Homeopathic Co, the manufacturer of Hyland’s teething products, to recall its homeopathic teething tablets from the market,” but “the company did not agree.”
On its website, NBC News (1/27, Fox) reported that belladona “is an extract of the deadly nightshade plant,” has hallucinogenic properties, and “is highly toxic in large amounts.” According to FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Janet Woodcock, MD, “The body’s response to belladonna in children under 2 years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk. We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

Kids Care Pediatric Associates, PC is pleased to boast that we are certified as a PCMH Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. This Designation comes after a full year of review, changes and introspection into our procedures and work flows. It is our commitment to you, to provide superior quality care.

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WHAT IS A PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME?

“The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition is the most widely-used way to transform primarycare practices into medical homes”.ncqa-logo

 

THESE ARE THE GOALS OF OUR MEDICAL HOME:

You are able to get an appointment as soon as you need it.
Receptionists and clerical staff are helpful, friendly, and respectful.
You do not wait more than you should once you are in the office.
Nursing staff are skillful, helpful, and respectful.
The clinician is skillful and helpful.
The clinician communicates well that we all care about you.
You are confident that you can take care of and control most of your health problems.
When you call the office for advice or help, you get it without difficulty.
You receive exactly what you want and need exactly when and how you want and need it.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A MEDICAL HOME?

Personal physician

You will have an ongoing relationship with your personal clinician. The clinician will provide continuous care and lead the staff members to take responsibility for your continuous care. Click here for our Physicians’ Profiles

Whole person orientation

We are responsible for fulfilling all of your health care needs across multiple settings such as: specialists, hospitals, and behavioral health facilities.

Coordinated / integrated care

We use technology and enhanced communication to assure that you get the recommended care when and where you need and want it. We work in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner so that you feel more empowered to help us care for you.

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Comprehensive patient care

We ask you to provide us with the most up-to-date information on: your current medications, personal/family history, health status, test results, self-care information and medical records from hospitals/ERs, urgicenters and other clinicians you may have seen.

Quality and safety

We use methods that are based on scientific research (evidence-based medicine) to provide you with the most advanced treatment. Patients and families can expect our support for self-management of their health care needs. This includes the use of educational resources, self-management tools and medical literature regardless of your source of payment.
HEALTH INSURANCES ACCEPTED

We accept most Medicaid and Medicaid Managed care plans as well as Child Health Plus programs in addition to most Private insurance plans. Please click here to see our complete listing.

INQUIRE WITHIN If you do Not see your insurance listed

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no insurance??? no problem!!!
If you are uninsured, please ask us how to obtain affordable health insurance coverage.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

It is important to us to meet your mental health and substance abuse treatment needs. For this reason, we conduct screenings and collect mental health and drug/alcohol use history of the patient and family. This way, we determine if you would benefit from referrals for treatment.

Please feel free to ask us for referrals. All information is kept confidential for your privacy.

OUR CLINICAL TEAM

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See our team on our website under the staff page. We span the gamut of MD’s, DO’s, NP’s, Nutritionists, assistants and more.

SPECIALTY CARE SERVICES

We offer complete and comprehensive medical care for your child. Everything from ADHD treatment to Weight Loss therapies.

TESTS AND PROCEDURES

Our office procedures include Blood Counts, Sugars, Strep testing, Throat and Urine cultures and urine tests. We do computerized vision screening, automated hearing screening and more.

TRANSFERRING YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS TO THE PRACTICE

Our staff will help migrate your medical records from you previous health care provider. We will identify a contact person to help coordinate the transition and follow up with until your records are received.
AFTER-HOUR SERVICES

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Our facilities offer extended office hours throughout the week and on the weekends. However, if you need to speak to one of our providers when the office is closed, you may contact our after-hour answering service at our main numbers:

516.775.0493

CARE OUTSIDE OUR PRACTICE

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Please inform us if you sought services from an urgi-center, walk-in clinic, hospital or other providers. We would like to maintain your most up-to-date medical information to provide you with the best care possible.