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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Jason Ridgel

In the 15 years Dr. Jason Ridgel has practiced for Westshore Primary Care, he’s shown a dedication to building relationships. His work allows him to get to know his patients and help them live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Dr. Ridgel has been fortunate enough to serve some patients long enough to provide care for four different generations of their family.

After years of care, people get to know their physician. Dr. Ridgel’s patients know that he practices what he preaches, as he’s a major proponent of staying active in his time outside of the doctor’s office.

Image of Dr. Jason Ridgel in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Get to know Dr. Ridgel in our latest physician spotlight.

New Study on How Smoking May Affect People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smoking is already an unhealthy activity, but there may now be even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by British researchers and published in Arthritis Care & Researchfound that people diagnosed with arthritis had a much higher risk of death if they smoked than if they were smoke free. 

Image of a woman quitting smoking. Learn about how smoking may lead to a high risk of mortality in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

FAQs about Autism

Autism is a disorder that many people have heard of, but not everybody really understands. Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, autism actually encompasses many different brain development disorders. April is Autism Awareness Month, so we’ve prepared some answers to some common questions you may have about autism.

Image for Autism Awareness Month. Contact Westshore about your autism spectrum disorder questions.

What Your Kidneys Do for Your Body

When it comes to your health, your kidneys might not be the first thing you think about. Given that more than 26 million people in the U.S. have kidney disease whether they know it or not, kidney health is something every person should take seriously. In honor of National Kidney Month, here are some things you should know about your kidneys.

Image of a man that may suffer from kidney disease. Learn more about the causes of kidney disease and contact Westshore today.

Multiple Sclerosis Education Month

More than 2.3 million people across the globe are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), with over 400,000 cases in the U.S. alone. Despite the number of people affected by MS, there are still a lot of unknowns about the disease. In this post, we’re going to cover a few common questions about MS in honor of Multiple Sclerosis Education Month.

Learn more about MS during Multiple Sclerosis Education Month.

What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies are an overreaction of a person’s immune system to a food that is normally tolerated. The immune system reacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies attach to cells in skin, lungs and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If there is ingestion of the food allergen, the cells release chemicals including histamine, which cause food allergy symptoms.  

Food allergies range in severity and symptoms.