|Peder Anderson, MD||Leslee B. Kane, MD|
|James Cleary, MD||David King, MD|
|Terry Edwards, MD||Collette G. Kirchhoff, MD|
|Tracy Fairbanks, MD||Heather Kjerstad, MD|
|Lisa Gushwa, MD||Luke Omohundro, MD|
|Connie Hahn, DO||John S. Patterson, MD|
|Todd Harris, DO||Joseph Sofianek, MD|
|Thomas Hildner, MD||Cathy Waterman Grace, MD|
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WHY DO I FEEL SO GLOOMY IN WINTER, AND WHAT CAN I DO?
CONNIE HAHN, DO ANSWERED:
An estimated 10% of the population in northern latitudes such as Montana suffers from SAD, or seasonal affect disorder. During childbearing years women outnumber men four to one, but after age 65 the condition affects both sexes equally. Biological causes include theories involving circadian rhythm, retinal sensitivity to light, and brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Physicians also consider patients’ vulnerability to stress and if they have a close relative with a history of depression.
Medical diagnosis relies on the presence of two major depressive episodes over the...[ read more ]
HOW DO PATIENTS BENEFIT FROM CARE IN A PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME?
JOSEPH SOFIANEK, MD ANSWERED:
Patients in a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognized practice receive care under a model that strengthens the provider-patient relationship by focusing on long-term, coordinated, team-based care. Patients are at the center of the provider-led team that takes collective responsibility for comprehensive health care.
A medical home is intended to result in more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care. A medical home achieves these goals through providing high-level access to providers and team members by offering same day, evening and weekend appointments. The medical home also facilitates...[ read more ]
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY TEENAGE DAUGHTERS RECEIVE THE MENINGITIS SHOT? THEY ARE CURRENTLY 14 AND 16, GO TO CAMPS AND ARE ACTIVE IN SPORTS?
TODD HARRIS, DO ANSWERED:
The first dose is given at 11 or 12 years of age with a booster before entering college. If they are attending a boarding school, then a 5 year booster. [ read more ]