2017

Blog Posts in 2017

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 ...

Winter weather walking - what if you fall?
Jan 24, 2017

I think we were all relieved when the recent ice storm was not as severe as predicted. I still found myself slipping a bit up my driveway which got me thinking about some of my patients and how one fall can be crippling. I think reviewing safety ...

St. Mary's Medical Center named business of the year
Jan 21, 2017

Deb Ohnoutka said having to give a few remarks was unexpected. But she took to the microphone and walked through one of the key turning points in the recent history of Blue Springs. Less than five years ago, St. Mary's Medical Center was up for ...

Health benefits of donating blood
Jan 16, 2017

It's time to roll your sleeves and save a life - including yours. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. is in need of blood. While the average blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints, donors usually ...

Cervical health affects men, too
Jan 10, 2017

When I read that almost 13,000 women are diagnosed yearly with a preventable and treatable cancer, and one-third of them will die as a result, I can't help but want to support raising awareness of it. So, since it is Cervical Health month, I ...