Expert Health Articles

  • 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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  • Teaching Your Teenager to Make a Medical Appointment
    As adolescents move into young adulthood, they take on increasing responsibility for managing their own health care. By teaching your teen the necessary skills over time, this new responsibility will feel less overwhelming, and your teen will be one step closer to “adulting.” Making a medical appointment is a skill that seems simple but can be intimidating, particularly to teens who are phone "call-phobic."
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  • Knee Pain Symptoms & Treatment Tips
    Frequent knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults. While living an active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your joints, it can commonly result in injury. Common problems related to knee pain include sprained ligaments, meniscus tears, tendinitis, runner’s knee, bursitis, osteoarthritis, and excess weight.
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  • The Ins and Outs of a Swing Bed Unit
    The swing bed concept allows a critical access facility to use its beds interchangeably for either acute care or post-acute care. The patient swings from receiving acute-care services and reimbursement to receiving skilled services and reimbursement while staying in the hospital setting.
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  • Treating Heel Pain: Surgery Versus APC Injections
    Heel pain is the most common foot condition that brings patients to my office. Heel pain is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, multiple muscles, the bursa, nerves, and the periosteum under the heel.
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  • How Fall Yard Clean-up Can Affect Your Health
    Did you know that raking leaves is just as strenuous on your heart as shoveling snow? Leaves, especially when wet, can be just as heavy as snow to move. There is also a lot of bending and twisting that goes into raking leaves. When taking all of this into account, raking leaves could be considered a vigorous workout, and if too much exertion is put onto your heart too quickly, it can cause a heart attack.
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  • Treatment for Spinal Stenosis
    Spinal stenosis is a debilitating condition characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal or neural foramen that can lead to compression of the spinal cord and nerves. There are various treatment options to help this condition.
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  • Risks Associated with Tobacco Use and Benefits of Quitting
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Those who smoke are at risk of developing disease and dying from smoking-related illnesses.
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  • Support Networks and Safety Plans: Lifesaving Features of the Mental Healthcare Landscape
    The holiday months (mid-November to post-January) can be extremely difficult for loved ones suffering from mental illness. It’s postulated that family members and friends can reach intolerable levels of anxiety and depression during this time due to accentuated family dynamics, financial strain, and other stressors.
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  • Healthier Holiday Eating and Habits
    It’s that time of year again and the holidays are quickly approaching. The holidays are a busy time, and it can be easy to get off track with your eating habits.
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  • Identifying & Managing Chronic Pain from Head to Toe
    Chronic pain is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects more than 50 million Americans nationwide. It can manifest from head to toe, including persistent headaches and neck pain to neuropathic pain in your feet and anywhere in between. It is important to understand that chronic pain is not merely a symptom but a distinct medical condition that requires comprehensive management.
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  • Midwifery
    Although midwives have been around for hundreds of years, the term midwife is one that not many are able to clearly define. There is often confusion surrounding the many types of midwives and the span of roles a midwife might play.
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  • The Role of a Medical Physicist
    There are only approximately 13,000 medical physicists in the United States. You may ask yourself, what role could someone who studies the physics of subatomic particles and planetary motions play in the medical field?
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  • The Importance of an Annual Wellness Exam
    It is important to have an annual wellness exam to maintain your overall health and to discuss preventative services you may need based on your age and condition. A wellness exam is important for both your mental and physical health and will help you reach your health goals.
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  • The Life Cycle of Philanthropy & How it Supports Healthcare/Nonprofit Organizations
    Have you ever considered that philanthropy has a life cycle? Many people assume that they need to be fully retired or extremely wealthy to make a gift to a nonprofit organization. I did not think I could help any charitable organization in my early career because I could not make a five-, six-, or seven-figure gift. This was not true.
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