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Kirk D. Jacobson, M.D.

Internal Medicine, Diabetes Mellitus

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Kirk D. Jacobson, M.D.

Kirk D. Jacobson, M.D.

Dedicated to helping others, Dr. Kirk Jacobson has spent 30 years treating adults and children. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he has a special interest in diabetes treatment and education.

150303ViralGastroenteritis-smSometimes referred to as "the stomach bug," viral gastroenteritis is more common this time of year. Understanding the symptoms, how to manage them, and the steps you can take to avoid these viruses may help prevent or ease sickness.

Viral gastroenteritis is usually caused by Norovirus or Rotavirus. Both are highly contagious. These viruses are spread by direct contact and by bodily secretions, particularly stool. Rapid-onset symptoms include vomiting, which is frequently accompanied by diarrhea that's almost always watery, but should not be bloody.  Those who come down with viral gastroenteritis may also experience mild fever and cramping abdominal pain, and in some cases headache. The vomiting usually subsides within 12-24 hours and the diarrhea usually clears within three to four days.

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IMG950565 cropI am the luckiest grandfather in the world! My four “carefully planned” children have given me eight (soon-to-be nine) grandchildren. I just visited my oldest daughter, Molly, and her five children in Grafton, Wisconsin. It’s always great fun to see them.

Molly’s five children include Bryson, age 11, who is quite the basketball star; Cooper, age 10, who is a mathematical genius and can tell you stats on all the sports — he is amazing; Layla, age 8, who’s the only girl and a true princess — she’s also quite the gymnast and loves to show off her tumbling skills; and the twins, Holden and Griffin, age 6, who most certainly are not identical twins like their grandfather, Kirk, and great uncle, Kraig, or twin uncles David and Doug. These two are polar opposites in every way! Holden has a dark complexion, dark hair and eyes, while Griffin has a very light complexion, with blonde hair and blue eyes. And their personalities couldn’t be any more different. Holden is quiet and always has a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. Griffin, on the other hand, is the free spirit — full of curiosity and the most likely to follow me around whenever I’m doing “projects” around my daughter’s home. He is a visual learner, and can take things apart and put them back together, even at his young age. They are all unique, excelling in their own areas of interest and passion. I am truly amazed and impressed with each of them.

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Since May 2012, when the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, patients have asked whether or not the PSA test is a good option for catching prostate cancer.

By the numbers
In 2011, there were 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States and about 28,000 prostate cancer deaths. In 2008, worldwide, there were more than 900,000 new cases of prostate cancer and about 258,000 deaths.

Prostate cancer screening started in the late 1980s and peaked in popularity in the early 1990s. Subsequently, the diagnosis of prostate cancer peaked in about 1992. Initially, this led to an increase in prostate surgeries and radiation treatments.

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As part of a national effort, Oak Street Medical was recently chosen to be included in a select group of clinics to help test a new model for both service and delivery of health care to patients.

As we all know, the cost of health care is a growing burden on governments, employers and individuals. The system needs improvement. That is why we applied and were chosen to be part of a special health care trial, called the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. The federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chose just 500 clinics nationwide including: Arkansas, Colorado, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

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