Expert Health Articles

  • Egg Allergy and the Flu Shot: Cause for Alarm?
    The myth of egg allergy as a contraindication for receiving the flu shot has persisted in the public yet egg allergic individuals should receive the same care and influenza prevention treatment. Dr. Amber Patterson discusses further in this weekend doctor column.
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  • Rotator Cuff Tears
    Experiencing shoulder pain during daily activities such as reaching up to a cupboard, brushing your hair or reaching into your back pocket for your wallet? This may be a sign of rotator cuff tears. Dr. Dacjzak discusses further in this weekend doctor column.
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  • Earwax
    Earwax! Gross right? While many of us do not like to see or hear about it, it is actually healthy for us, as it works as a natural lubricator. Jessica Schulte, PA-C discusses the health benefits of earwax in this weekend doctor column.
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  • Dealing with Aches and Pains in the Winter
    Dealing with snow and frigid temperatures this time of year can be toughest on backs and achy joints. Read this week’s Weekend Doctor from Dr. Kindl on how to manage your pain this winter.
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  • Developing the Habit of Movement
    Conditioning your body for movement conditions your mind for confidence, creativity and happiness. Nancy Proctor explains how developing a habit of movement will not just benefit you physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, in this weekend doctor column
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  • Legislation, Human Trafficking and Healthcare
    While recent legislation has been proven effective for trafficked victims, there is a need for healthcare providers to work beside law enforcement regarding this complex human rights issue. It is suggested that healthcare facilities create a Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team, including medical providers, social workers, security and more. Mindy Lause, RN, discusses human trafficking and healthcare in this weekend doctor column.
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  • Understanding Lymphedema
    There is never a good time to develop a chronic condition in your life but developing one at the end of your cancer battle can be one of the worst times. This is one of the ways lymphedema can emerge into someone’s life. Emilee Shoemaker, occupational therapist, explains lymphedema further in this weekend doctor article
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  • Protein – what’s the big deal?
    High protein, low carbohydrate diets are growing in popularity. While protein is a nutrient that our bodies need, and it has many more functions in the body than just muscle building. Nancy George, dietician, discusses how much protein adults and children should be consuming, in this weekend doctor column:
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  • Holiday Eating
    Holidays and gatherings can revolve around food for many. It’s important this time of year, to set a realistic goal of maintaining your weight and be mindful of what and how much you are eating. Julie Russell, dietitian and diabetes educator, shares how to stay on track with your eating habits during the holidays in this weekend doctor column.
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  • CoolSculpting
    Cryolipolysis, better known as CoolSculpting, is a process of freezing fat. For individuals with healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, cryolipolysis is a safe and effective way to reduce excess fat. Learn more about the CoolSculpting treatment from Sue Schecklehoff, RN in this weekend doctor column
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  • Urinary Incontinence
    Urinary incontinence (UI), the loss of bladder control, is a common and often embarrassing problem. An estimated 15 million adult women in the U.S. are currently affected by it. To learn how to get tested for UI and treatment options available, Sarah Weihrauch explains further in this weekend doctor column
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  • Constipation in Children
    A normal bowel pattern is an important sign of good health. However, constipation is a common in children of all ages. In this weekend doctor column, Dr. Ailing Chen explains what parents can do to help their children establish regular bowel habits
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  • Dryness is Affecting my Relationship
    FemiLift has become a popular treatment in recent years, used for many gynecologic conditions. Dr. Lori Thomas, from Beyond MedSpa, discusses FemiLift and hormone treatments for urinary symptoms and vaginal dryness in this weekend doctor column.
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  • GERD Awareness Week
    The week of Thanksgiving is national Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week. Overindulging often leads to symptoms of heartburn, bloating, and regurgitation. However, when these symptoms occur on a regular basis despite normal eating habits, you may have GERD. In this Weekend Doctor column, Dr. Jessica Reynolds further explains the symptoms of GERD
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  • Humor
    We all laugh because humor feels good and brings people together, but did you know it has many health benefits? Researchers have studied laughter, along with positive emotions, and found that laughter and lightheartedness can be a natural medicine for many conditions. Gina Bailey, BSN, RN discusses the health benefits of humor in this Weekend Doctor column
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  • Burning, Tingling or Numbness in Your Feet Could Signal a Serious Diabetes Complication
    November is Diabetes Awareness Month and more than 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage in the feet, can be one of the most common complications of the disease. Thomas Vail, DPM shares tips to prevent peripheral neuropathy in this Weekend Doctor column
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  • Hematuria
    Hematuria, an abnormal presence of blood in the urine, can be alarming to find, especially if it presents itself with no symptoms. Andre Gilbert, MD discusses the symptoms and testing for hematuria in this Weekend Doctor column
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  • When Should I be Screened for Cancer?
    The number one reason to be screened for cancer is to find it in its earliest stages and have a greater potential for cure. In this Weekend Doctor column, Brianne Hottinger, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, TTS shares latest cancer screening guidelines
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  • The Dangers of E-Cigarettes
    Media reports have recently warned consumers to stop using e-cigarettes immediately. Many people are experiencing illness linked to e-cigarettes, including death. Angel Mercer, licensed social worker and tobacco treatment specialist, explains how e-cigarettes work and the dangers of vaping in this Weekend Doctor column.
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  • My Achy, Breaky…Back
    With the growing concern about the long-term consequences of opioids, new interventions for pain relief have become a more appealing substitute for medication. Andrius Giedraitis, MD, of Pain Management Specialists of Blanchard Valley, discusses safe pain management procedures.
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  • Do Antibiotics Increase the Risk of Clostridioides Difficile?
    When taking an antibiotic, the “good germs” in the intestines can be killed off, making it easier to become infected with a Clostridioides Difficile (C. diff). Lisa Shaheen, RN, discusses how antibiotics increase the risk C. diff infections in her Weekend Doctor column.
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  • Management of Diabetes
    “While there is not cure for diabetes, keeping blood glucose levels near normal, taking medication and keeping a healthy diet are key in managing your diabetes and living a healthy life.” Ross Ellerbrock, Pharm. D., discusses the history of insulin and managing both types of diabetes.
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  • What is Telehealth?
    Today, there are roughly seven million older adults striving to be independent yet have difficulty leaving home. With the use of Telehealth, providers can deliver a wide range of services to patients within their homes. In her Weekend Doctor column, Michelle Kindle, RN from Bridge Home Health & Hospice discusses the expanding use of Telehealth.
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  • Understanding Chronic Pain
    With Chronic Pain affecting over 100 million Americans, it is important to fully understand the definition and effects it can have. Those who are suffering from chronic pain experience constantly feeling an ache ranging from mild to severe. Dr. Thomas Kindl gives information on the signs and symptoms of chronic pain in his Weekend Doctor column.
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  • Intubation vs. Tracheostomy
    What comes to mind when you hear a physician say, "your loved one needs to be intubated or they need a tracheostomy?" It is important to understand the purpose of each and how they differ.
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  • Home Health Care May Be Right for You
    Home Health services are available to those facing many different types of health conditions that make it difficult to leave home. Maybe you or a loved one is newly diagnosed with diabetes, symptoms of your COPD are worsening, or you require medication assistance. Home health focuses on helping you get better by regaining your independence and becoming as self-sufficient as possible A variety of educational information and tools are utilized to help you maintain and improve your current condition or level of function to reduce decline and remain at home.
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  • A new option for knee pain: Radiofrequency ablation
    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a common interventional procedure, typically performed on the nerves in your spine. In the past few years, pain specialists have begun performing a modified version of this procedure on other joints like the knee. Pain relief may last from nine months to two years. Talk to your physician to find out if you are a candidate for RFA.
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  • HPV Prevention Through the Gardasil 9 Vaccine – Allison Westcott, MD
    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Over 14 million new cases occur in the U.S. yearly. While there is no cure for the HPV virus, there are effective vaccines available for prevention. The prevention and symptoms of HPV can be treated with the Gardasil 9 vaccine.
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  • Sunscreen: What you need to know
    Summer is a time of enjoying your time out in the sun. However, the number of newly diagnosed skin cancers is rising at an alarming rate. Therefore, it is important to protect your skin from Ultraviolet (UV) radiation through photoprotective clothing and proper use of sunscreen. You should always wear a sunscreen, either a chemical filter or physical blocker, with an SPF of at least 30, as well as a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. For more information or tailored recommendations, visit your local board-certified dermatologist.
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  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common diagnosis made in gastroenterology practices. Approximately 10 to 15 Americans suffer from IBS, but there is no need to suffer in silence. There are a variety of treatment options, but unfortunately there is no known cure.
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