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Ten Tips for Tick Season
Jul 9, 2019

Tick season is back and it’s getting worse every year. Last year almost 60,000 cases of tickborne disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016 the total reported cases was closer to 50,000. For the ...

An Update on Sunscreen - Wear it!
Jun 25, 2019

The number one most common form of cancer in the United States is skin cancer. Over 5 million cases of skin cancer get diagnosed annually. According to the American Cancer Society, that number is more than breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer ...

Do You Have a Hernia?
Jun 18, 2019

If you haven’t experienced hernia surgery, you probably know someone who has. Hernias are relatively common and caused by a variety of circumstances that can afflict anyone. The question is, how do you know if you have a hernia? A hernia occurs ...

Your Genes and Breast Cancer
May 7, 2019

Did you know that one in eight women born in the U.S. today will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives? As scary as that number may sound, most women survive breast cancer, especially when detected early. Plus, women who are aware of ...

Heart Disease: What's the News?
Apr 9, 2019

Looking through the news always results in something novel about cardiovascular disease. Researchers continue to discover new aspects about the conditions behind and associated with heart disease and stroke (the number one and number five killers of ...

What is Heart Month?
Feb 19, 2019

Since 1963, our government, science and medical leaders have marked this time of year to urge Americans to join the battle against a disease that takes one of every four lives of men and women in this country. Despite leading all causes of death and ...

Your Heart Knows You're Stressed
Feb 12, 2019

During American Heart Month, we've been highlighting aspects of cardiovascular (heart) disease to help you understand your own heart health and what you can do to be as kind to that precious organ as you can possibly be. And, while you may tend ...

A Different Approach to Natural Family Planning
Feb 12, 2019

Prior to our marriage, my veterinarian fiancé and I discussed at length the future of our family. As practicing Catholics, and professionals with scientific backgrounds, we looked hard at ways of family planning that squared both with our ...

Winter's Challenges for Diabetics
Jan 15, 2019

It is confirmed. Winter has come and it is a cold one. While you may have vowed to lead a healthier lifestyle this year negative temperatures aren’t encouraging any of us to get out and exercise. Even during more mild winters, our activity ...

Cervical Health isn't Just a Woman's Issue
Jan 14, 2019

Did you know that 13,000 women are diagnosed yearly with a preventable and treatable cancer, and one-third of them will die as a result? Cervical cancer is highly preventable in the United States and because of that we can’t help but want to ...

7 Tips for Successful New Year's Resolutions in 2019
Jan 1, 2019

Less than half of us actually make resolutions for the New Year and it's a rare individual that actually keeps that resolution throughout the year. So, why do we persist? Mostly, it's cultural. Self-improvement has always been a societal ...

The Wound in Winter
Dec 25, 2018

Let's face it. Just about everything is more difficult in the cold and this winter season looks to be as cold as it gets. Cold weather is particularly hard on your skin and the healing of cuts and abrasions that occur this time of year. Your skin ...

After a Stroke
May 21, 2018

As a part of Stroke Month, last week I wanted to touch on the signs and symptoms of strokes, and why it is so important that to call 9-1-1 immediately if a stroke is suspected. This week I want to raise the topic of stroke recovery. If you've ...

Spring Allergy Update
Apr 17, 2018

The arrival of spring brings sunnier days, bursts of flowers, and for some, watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. If you suffer from spring allergies, you may want to get ready. While it’s always difficult to predict, some experts are calling ...

Allergies or a Cold - What's the Difference?
Mar 27, 2018

While spring seems to be taunting us, it is finally beginning to warm up. However, many of us are still suffering from winter colds. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says millions of cases are reported yearly. On average, adults have two to ...

Breathe Easier with Pulmonary Rehab
Mar 13, 2018

During the recent ribbon cutting ceremony at Oak Grove Medical Clinic, I was approached by a member of our community with some questions about pulmonary rehabilitation (pulmonary rehab). She was on the last phase of the program and curious as to why ...

Winter’s Challenges for Diabetics
Jan 2, 2018

It is confirmed. Winter has come and it is a cold one. While you may have vowed to lead a healthier lifestyle this year negative temperatures aren’t encouraging any of us to get out and exercise. Even during more mild winters, our activity ...

When it's time for Knee Surgery
Nov 21, 2017

We run on them. We pray on them. We twist, bend, and bump them. We crawl on them and jump with them and abuse them over and over. And, yet, they faithfully take it all. Until the day they don’t. Our knees are amazing machines. But, over time, ...

Rehab to your full potential
Sep 19, 2017

We all have that one story. That sudden accident or emergent phone call that still gives you the chills when you think about it. Many of us even know the struggle of recovering physically from one of those misfortunes. If you are one of those people, ...

Keep your food and heart safe this month
Sep 11, 2017

This month is both Food Safety and Cholesterol Education Month and so with all the new routines, habits and choices for families during the back-to-school rush, I thought I’d save time and hit both topics at once. First, I will review some ...

Treating to beat heart attacks and strokes
Sep 4, 2017

Having some leg discomfort or cramps after walking and exercising can be a common problem for folks as they age, but it can also be a sign of something that may be far more serious than getting on in years. Peripheral artery disease is a common ...

School and sleep: what you need to know
Aug 28, 2017

Getting your kids back to school is always a challenge. When you’ve finally collected all the supplies, gear, clothes, and immunizations, I hope you’ll consider one more aspect of preparing your students for success in the ...

Aging with asthma - it's not uncommon
Aug 21, 2017

While most people who suffer from asthma experience symptoms early in life, the disease develops at any age. It’s not uncommon for adults in their 70s or 80s to develop asthma symptoms, which can become a serious health problem. According to a ...

How to decide when to go to the E.R.
Aug 15, 2017

It’s a subject many people don’t think much about before an injury or illness hits. When should I go to the ER? Having some knowledge of what Emergency Departments and Urgent Clinics can do for you can save you time and in some cases, a ...

It Isn't Easy, but it's a Good Time to Quit Smoking
Aug 7, 2017

Last month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled a comprehensive plan to begin regulating the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The intent is to bring nicotine down to “non-addictive” levels. While there is not a consensus on ...

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