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Fruits and vegetables are not created equal
Jul 18, 2017

Many of you have probably been hitting the gym and watching your diet to be “summer body” ready. Your diet plans may include a lot more fruits and vegetables. Just be careful that those fruits and vegetables aren’t doing you more ...

Respect the Summer Heat
Jul 4, 2017

With summer now in full swing, there's one thing we can count on. At some point, it’s going to be hot. While this makes for great outdoor experiences, it can also mean potential health hazards, especially for the young and elderly. Our ...

St. Mary's Medical Center Awarded Stroke Certification from the Joint Commission
Jun 15, 2017

St. Mary’s Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ® for Stroke Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval ® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s ...

Preparing for Pool Season
Jun 13, 2017

Break out the sunscreen and swimsuits. Pool season has arrived! But wait - before you jump in, federal health officials are warning that the reports of crypto outbreaks have doubled in the past two years. The Cryptosporidium parasite — called ...

Summertime Safety
Jun 6, 2017

Summer is both a blessing and curse. While we relish in those sweet summer days and nights of endless possibilities, they also present some not so sweet possibilities. So, let’s mix in a little preparation with that anticipation. Remember, ...

Tips for Stroke Recovery
May 30, 2017

We are wrapping up Stroke Month and with that, I’d like to raise the topic of stroke recovery. If you've spent any appreciable time around a stroke survivor, you'll notice there is a bit more to recovery than regaining movement and ...

St. Mary's Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll
May 17, 2017

American Heart Association Award recognizes St. Mary’s Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care Blue Springs, Missouri, May 17, 2017 - St. Mary’s Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke ...

React F.A.S.T. to stroke signs
May 15, 2017

Stroke Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to remind our community that a stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. While the risk for stroke increases with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 34 percent of people ...

Poison ivy season is upon us
May 9, 2017

It’s that time of the year when we begin to see a number of cases involving the great outdoors. In addition to allergies that many suffer this time of year due to increased pollen counts in the air, the spring also brings out the seasonal flora ...

Have a Healthy Cinco de Mayo!
May 5, 2017

Going out for Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo is a favorite tradition of many. However, that delicious Mexican cuisine can be high in fat, calories, and salt. But it doesn't have to be! Try out a few of these tips to stay healthy on Cinco de Mayo: ...

Speech therapy - it's more than talk
May 2, 2017

I am often asked, “What is it that you do?” Most people think a speech therapist is primarily limited to kids with speech issues or adults after a stroke or injury. While this is partly true, I actually handle a wide-range of ...

Sleep - it's not a luxury
Apr 25, 2017

It seems like every day I see a new ad for a sleep aid or a magazine article with the best tips for a good night’s rest. I’m not all that surprised since, according to a 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control, almost 41 percent of ...

COPD - What you should know
Apr 18, 2017

More than 12 million Americans currently suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and another 12 million have COPD-like problems, but are undiagnosed. COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, ...

Allergy update with Spring in the Air
Apr 11, 2017

If you’re already complaining about runny noses and sneezing this spring, you’re not alone. It’s shaping up to be a difficult season for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Why? Could be a number of reasons, the consequence of ...

April is Occupational Therapy Month
Apr 4, 2017

If what gets you up in the morning has been compromised by illness or injury, you may want to visit our occupational therapist. Occupational therapists spend a fair amount of time explaining what it is that they do exactly and why it’s not the ...

Donate Life!
Mar 28, 2017

In the time it takes you to read this article, another person will be added to a waiting list, hoping to receive a life-saving organ from a complete stranger—someone who believes in passing along the gift of life. Organ transplantation has ...

The "F" Word
Mar 21, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” Clever, right? But what does that really mean? I think it means putting nutritious food in your body every day and while there are many ...

Prime Healthcare names CEO for Kansas City Market
Mar 20, 2017

KANSAS CITY, KAN. (March 16, 2017) — Prime Healthcare has named Randall G. “Randy” Nyp, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer for the Kansas City market which includes; Providence Medical Center, Kansas City KS; Saint John Hospital, ...

Are you prepared for an emergency?
Mar 14, 2017

By now most of you have heard about the tornados that ravaged Oak Grove and the surrounding areas last week. Many of you have probably even spent time refreshing your memory on tornado safety. Coincidentally, last week was also Severe Weather ...

Seniority takes priority as boomers age
Mar 7, 2017

America is getting older — and fast. More than 10,000 "baby boomers" turn 65 every day. Coupled with those from the "Greatest Generation" living longer, the United States is about to see this portion of its population double ...

Breast cancer - What we're all learning
Feb 28, 2017

Progress in understanding and treating breast cancer in recent years has been uplifting, to say the least. Just last year, findings by the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center confirmed a strong link between diabetes and later stage diagnoses of breast ...

Saving lives with your bare hands
Feb 21, 2017

If you've ever witnessed someone in your circle of family and friends who experienced cardiac arrest in your presence, you know it can be a frightening experience. It's particularly terrifying because the outcome is usually not good. ...

Next level in lowering cholesterol?
Feb 14, 2017

We've known about cholesterol since 1769, when a French chemist first identified the substance in gall stones. While it makes up about 30 percent of your cell membranes and is essential to your organs functioning properly, it is also a risk ...

Gentlemen...; your attention, please
Feb 7, 2017

Attention Gentlemen: Being male can be hazardous to your health. Yes, you read this correctly and I would like to advise you as to what the issues are -- and what you could be doing to reduce your risks. Men die at higher rates than women from the ...

Quit smoking and live longer
Jan 31, 2017

The American Lung Association recently released the State of Tobacco Control report and Missouri received F's in four of five criteria and the fifth was a D. The good news is that tobacco use overall has decreased; nationally, the U.S. has ...

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