Nov. 8 2018 10:20 AM

MEDICAL

Pap screens for early detection of cervical cancer

The importance of annual screens for preventative care cannot be understated. Specifically, pap screens for detection of cervical cancer should start as early as 21 years of age, as recommended by both the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control. Women 21-29 should have a pap test every three years. But starting at 30, they should get a HPV test combined with the pap screen every five years. This is called co-testing and should continue until the age 65. These tests offer the best chance for early detection and timely treatment. Pap screens can also prevent most cervical cancers by finding abnormal cervical cell changes (precancers) so they can be treated before they have a chance to turn into cervical cancer. When found early, treatments for cervical cancer have very high rates of success.

This simple procedure of collecting cells can be done during a routine pelvic exam. But despite all the benefits, many women do not get screened. We at CIMA encourage every woman to talk about this with their provider during their annual check-ups. Depending on several risk factors, some women might need screening more often than others. If you do not have a provider, Jessica Hill at CIMA’s Mason location is accepting new patients. Please call us to schedule your pap screen today or for more information about early detection of cervical cancer.

GIFTS

Handmade gifts this holiday season

Today, online shopping is synonymous with every gifting occasion. Cheap and convenient might be two enticing reasons to avoid looking at other options. But we at Absolute Gallery believe in offering affordable, local-made, personal gifts for our customers. Guaranteed for a lifetime, the iconic Stormy Kromer caps are made in Michigan, still crafted by hand and perfect for our punishing winter. Just like George “Stormy” Kromer, who started the company with his wife in 1903, the caps are a testament of skilled craftsmanship. Another great option is a variety of Zen Puzzles made of wood featuring interesting shapes and imagery. Also in store are quirky yet functional light-switch accents with elaborate levers enclosed in frames, sure to entertain kids and amuse adults. Wall accents of beautiful African textiles from a professor’s trip to her country are also available right in time for the holiday season. Tired of buying the same Hallmark holiday card every year? Colorfully quilled Santa and other exciting holiday cards are anything but boring. Also featured are brooms, handwoven and intricately patterned from Jeff Johnson, an artist from the Jackson area known for his unconventional use of broom handles. We believe in the artists and their craft, but also that a handmade gift doesn’t need to break your budget. Visit our gallery in Old Town for these and many more affordable offerings from local artists. This holiday season, go local!

PLASTIC SURGERY

IPL for Better Skin

Of the many signs of aging, irregular brown and red pigmentation of skin is all too common. These changes are usually caused by sun exposure. The primary goal of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is to make the skin tone or color more even. The laser produces an intense but gentle burst of light targeting specific areas of irregularity in skin tone. The light energy in IPL is absorbed by the colors that we don't like, causing the generation of heat that damages the structure holding the color — the sun spot or dilated blood vessel. This leaves the skin tone more even and homogeneous. The procedure targets broken capillaries and reduces sun damage without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. In addition, IPL brightens the skin and gives it a youthful glow. With remarkably consistent results, this cosmetic procedure has happy results. IPL’s use is not covered by insurance carriers; cost depends on the area and number of treatments. It can be used anywhere on the face, arms, hands and chest. Some patients will just need a “spot treatment,” while others will require a partial or full-face procedure. Please contact Dr. Rick Smith’s office for more information about the procedure or to schedule a consultation.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Five fantastic years and more to follow

A local independent business is built on solid relationships with people who work and live in the community. All of us at Central Pharmacy know the value of this relationship and intend to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this relationship all through November.

Over the years we have continued to build our business through relationships in addition to serving patients who have become our friends. Our business revolves around patients and their needs, making sure we offer efficient, professional service while building a relationship with them is our primary goal. On the journey of building our business we have helped people keep on track with their immunizations, performed Medicare D reviews to optimize their health and as always offer free delivery.

During this celebratory month, we plan to give away a host of gift cards along with a complete turkey/ham dinner in various drawings and a chance to win a TV on November 30. We also provide assisted living services, MTM services, private consultations and travel vaccinations. We at Central Pharmacy have always cherished our place in this incredible community and thank every one of our customers for supporting us. Please contact any one of our several locations for your healthcare needs.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Your local hydrotherapy experts

Our father, James McFarland, established Hotwater Works, Inc. in 1978, combining a mix of ancient Japanese soaking culture with the science of hydrotherapy to design his own version of the soaking tub. He developed his own tiny tub to be portable, low maintenance, and self-filtering. The Furo tub is also energy and water efficient. In addition, Hotwater Works offers the award winning national brands, Jacuzzi and Nordic brand hot tubs. Imagine the joy of having a hot tub! Having a tub allows you to unplug from technology and create family time in the comfort of your home. Soaking has been shown to improve your sleep, soothe achy joints and boost your immune system. Jacuzzi has been the leader in jet-technology for over 60 years. Nordic brand tubs are made in Michigan. Our father was passionate about sharing the benefits of hydrotherapy. He was also an artist and musician. The landmark building at 2116 E. Michigan Avenue is an expression of his dream to provide a community space for jam sessions, performances and creative endeavors. We encourage everyone to stop by to check out Dad’s artwork on display. While you’re at it, take advantage of the best in-stock prices of the year. For the month of November, we offer an additional $500 off our already low prices. Let us help you create your own backyard oasis. And remember - as always “Relax, Hotwater Works!”