Expert Health Articles

  • What to Know About Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy
    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP) account for 32% of maternal deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in seven hospital deliveries may be affected by this complication of pregnancy. What are these disorders? How are they managed during and after pregnancy? Can a person do anything before becoming pregnant to decrease their risk factors?
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  • What to Know About Recreational Water Illnesses
    Summer is here, and now is the time to enjoy the weather and get into the water. But many do not know that while you are in the lazy river or perfecting your cannonball, you are coming into contact with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Most of these will not cause you to become sick, but some can cause what is known as a Recreational Water Illness (RWI).
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  • Virtual World, Real Problems: Social Media’s Impact on Developing Minds
    After almost two decades in the healthcare field, I have noticed several themes that cause concern not only for teenagers but also for young adults. The concerning topics are driven by direct connections between technology/social media platforms and mental health, as well as the developing brain in general.
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  • Flea and Tick Safety in the Summer
    Warmer weather and sunshine bring people outside for cookouts, swimming, hiking, and all-around fun. While enjoying the outdoors, we need to be mindful of those annoying little critters known as fleas and ticks. They can be harmful to humans as well as pets.
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  • Understanding and Treating Facet Joint Pain
    Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, affecting millions of Americans every year. While conditions like herniated discs, stenosis, and pinched nerves are often the suspected culprits, in many cases, the true source is facet joint pain.
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  • The Importance of Self-Breast Awareness & Education
    As we go through different phases of life, our bodies are constantly evolving. Self-awareness is one of the keys to early detection of breast cancer, as well as self-breast exams, clinical breast exams, and screening mammograms. Detecting breast cancer early will lead to a better prognosis, as breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the world today.
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  • The Many Benefits of an Obstetric Hospitalist Program
    Hospitalist care first started in the mid-1990s. The OB hospitalist is present in the labor and delivery unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This model was developed as a way to help provide more immediate and efficient care to patients who present to the hospital.
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  • The Significance of Pride, and How We Can All Be Better Allies
    Welcome to June, the beginning of summertime, and Pride month. Pride celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and the folks within that community. LGBTQ+ is an acronym meaning: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer; the plus allows space for a wide spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities. Pride celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in a positive, affirming way, promoting dignity, equality, and visibility.
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  • Sunscreen and Summer Care: Essential Tips for Healthy Skin
    As the summer sun calls us outdoors, it's crucial to remember that while soaking up those rays can be delightful, it also comes with risks to our skin health. One of the most effective ways to protect our skin during the summer months is by incorporating sunscreen into our daily routine.
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  • The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain
    Pain is a universal human experience, serving as a vital signaling mechanism alerting the body to potential injury or harm. However, not all pain is alike, and understanding the distinction between acute and chronic pain is paramount for effective management and treatment.
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  • Stress Management Around Medical Testing/Procedures
    Medical testing and procedures can sometimes present a challenge both physically and mentally for a patient and their caregivers. Understanding those types of stressors and having tools to help manage them can help patients have a more positive experience
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  • Children and Anxiety: What Parents Need to Know and When to Seek Treatment
    Anxiety is a normal emotion essential for survival and functions as our brain’s inherent response to perceived danger. It facilitates the avoidance of danger in many scenarios, meaning it is adaptive and not necessarily pathological.
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  • Navigating Age-Appropriate Milestones & Potential Signs of Autism
    “Autism,” is one word that strikes fear in the hearts of parents, but your pediatric providers are here to help you navigate age-appropriate growth and development. In general, most children reach specific developmental milestones at certain ages. For example, a child has a time frame to master gross and fine motor skills as well as social and communicative skills.
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  • Read Your Footprints and How You Roll
    Read your footprints and discover how you roll! Like a good detective story, your bare footprints can leave clues to your foot health and drop hints about possible problems.
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  • How to "Dress for a Success" & Prepare for an Imaging Exam
    If you have ever had to have an imaging test, you may have been asked to change your clothes, remove jewelry, take out hearing aids, etc. Let’s review how to “dress for success” and other steps you will want to consider prior to arriving for your next imaging exam.
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  • Pneumonia Risk Factors & Preventative Measures
    Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can be a complication following the common cold, flu, COVID-19 infection, sick contact, travel history, exposure to certain farm animals, or certain environmental risk factors.
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  • Milestones Matter: Keeping Track of a Child's Development
    It is important for a child’s cognitive, social, and physical growth to reach developmental milestones appropriate for their age. However, every child develops at their own pace, and some may need a little more time to reach certain milestones. As a parent, you know your child best. Trust your instincts and consult with your pediatrician or primary care provider for guidance and support.
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  • Back to the Basics: A Balanced Approach to Pain Management
    In the world of modern medicine, where cutting-edge technology and innovative treatments often take center stage, it’s easy to overlook the fundamental principles that underpin healthcare. There is power in returning to the basics, where the foundations of compassionate care, thorough patient examinations, and patient education play a pivotal role in patients overcoming their chronic pain.
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  • Ensuring Eye Safety During a Solar Eclipse
    The residents of Hancock County will have a front-row seat for the total eclipse of the sun on Monday, April 8, 2024. For many, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With proper preparation and precautions, it is possible to safely observe the eclipse without damaging your eyes.
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  • Considering a Vasectomy? March Could Be the Perfect Time
    March has arrived. For many men, this is a time to take it easy and enjoy watching your favorite (or not-so-favorite) college basketball team compete in March Madness. For others, it’s your last break before a busy spring of outdoor work around the yard or in the fields. For these reasons, March has often also been considered the perfect time to think about a vasectomy. ESPN has even covered the trend of men scheduling their vasectomy in March, and local trends reflect this as well. Some clinics even report a 50% increase in vasectomies through March.
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  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder is a chronic mood disorder that affects about 1% of the U.S. population. Although bipolar disorder is highly genetic, there is no specific mode of inheritance of the disorder from an affected parent to their children. As the name “bipolar” implies, there are two ends of the “pole”: the higher end and the lower end.
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  • The Winter Blues: Checking in on Your Teen’s Mental Health
    For most people who experience these “winter blues,” spring brings with it renewed life and increased optimism. However, some will have persistent symptoms that carry on long after the flowers have begun to bloom. Now is as good a time as any to check in on your loved ones and offer them support.
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  • Understanding Spinal Stenosis and a Path to Relief Through Minimally Invasive Procedures
    Spinal stenosis is a debilitating condition that affects many individuals, particularly as we age. Spinal stenosis involves the narrowing of spaces within the spine, causing compression onto the spinal cord and/or nerves coming from the spinal cord that go to muscles throughout your body. This narrowing can occur in most parts of the spine but is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine), where it can significantly impact a person's function and quality of life.
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  • What Are Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs)?
    A multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) is a living organism, bacteria, or fungi that has evolved and mutated to protect itself from medications that were once used to treat the infection they cause. MDROs can affect any person but are especially concerning for individuals in hospitals, long-term care facilities, group living facilities, those who are immunosuppressed, or those who have chronic conditions.
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  • SIDS & Safe Sleep Practices for Infants
    There has been a recent increase in cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in our community. SIDS is the leading cause of death for children under the age of one. These losses are heartbreaking for the families and for our community. While not every infant death has a preventable cause, the majority of them are associated with risk factors, including unsafe sleep.
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  • Why Regular Well-Child Exams Are Important
    As parents in today’s world, there are numerous daily tasks to juggle, from going to work to preparing meals and driving kids to and from practices. Sometimes, if we do not have any concerns as parents about our child’s development, we may not realize the importance of making time for their well-child exams.
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  • Neck Pain Causes and Treatment
    Do you have neck pain? You’re not alone. Over half of all individuals develop neck pain during their lifetime with an annual prevalence in up to 40% of people. Most often, neck pain resolves on its own within just days to weeks; however, for some, it may last longer and require medical management.
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  • Navigating Prenatal Care for Those with Substance Use Disorder
    Engaging in as much prenatal care as possible is the single most important thing a pregnant woman can do, even if care is not sought until late. Pregnant women with substance use disorder (SUD) frequently face tremendous stigma and judgment when seeking medical care. Experience with judgment and stigma can often make it difficult to seek prenatal care, mental health care, and community support services.
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  • Advancements in Radiation Therapy: A Kinder Approach to Healing
    As a radiation oncologist with years of experience, I am thrilled to share the incredible strides we've made in the field of radiation therapy, particularly in minimizing the impact of what was once a dreaded side effect – radiation burns. The landscape of cancer treatment has evolved significantly, and one of the most notable improvements lies in our ability to deliver effective treatment with a focus on patient’s comfort and well-being.
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  • Sports Injuries and How to Take Care of Them
    Sports injuries can be a challenging setback for athletes, affecting not only their physical well-being but also their mental resilience. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or a “weekend warrior,” understanding common sports injuries and knowing how to take care of them is crucial for a speedy recovery and long-term health.
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