Health Matters

Preventing Food Poisoning this Summer

Posted by Connie Scott, MSM, RD, CSSD on Jul 16, 2018 11:17:00 AM

Ants aren’t the only pests ready to spoil your picnic

Food poisoning may also be lurking around the corner. Here are a few easy food handling steps you can take to keep your summertime al fresco meals healthy and fun!

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Topics: Emergency Services, Health Care 101, Digestive Health, Lifestyle & Wellness




How to Choose the Right Place to Get a Mammogram

Posted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz on Jul 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM

There are A LOT of options out there

There are a lot of options out there, but choosing where to get your mammogram can often be as important as choosing to get one at all. That’s because your comfort, and the available screening technology, should be top priority. Here’s what I suggest you look for when choosing where to get your yearly mammogram.

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Topics: Women's Health, Health Care 101, Breast Cancer, Mammography




A Step-by-step Guide to a Mammogram

Posted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz on Jul 2, 2018 7:40:00 AM

a non-invasive X-ray of the breast

The word alone can conjure up anxiety in many women, but a mammogram is simply a non-invasive X-ray of the breast. Knowing what to expect during a screening mammogram may ease your panic just a bit.

While each woman’s experience is different, most women report the test as uncomfortable, but not intolerable. In all, the process takes about 20 minutes.

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Topics: Women's Health, Health Care 101, Breast Cancer, Mammography




Breastfeeding Your Baby: Birth to 24 Hours Old

Posted by Karla Johnson on Jun 25, 2018 7:42:00 AM

It doesn’t really matter how your baby arrives

Whether your baby arrives vaginally or by C-section breastfeeding your newborn, or at least attempting to, as soon as possible after delivery can be the key to success. It's important to start early, be aware of common issues and learn some tips for success. 

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Breastfeeding




Preparing to Breastfeed: What a Lactation Counselor Wants You to Know

Posted by Karla Johnson on Jun 18, 2018 7:36:00 AM

Breastfeeding is much like a “dance” between mom and baby

Both have to do their part—and each has to practice to triumph. The first few days of new motherhood are a whirlwind, but keep in mind that patience and repetition can help. If breastfeeding is your goal, the following are very important first steps to take just after delivery.

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Topics: Mom & Baby, Breastfeeding




Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?

Posted by Dr. Anthony Viol on Jun 13, 2018 7:29:00 AM

Over Two Million Americans Are Diagnosed Each Year

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Topics: Family Health 101, Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Breast Cancer




5 Ways Adults Can Prepare for Weekend Athletics

Posted by Erika Smith on Jun 11, 2018 9:28:00 AM

Are You a Weekend Warrior?

Adults who spend their time off playing on soccer leagues, hitting the tennis courts or jogging in fun runs often find that they’re competing with their bodies as well as the opposing team.

Doctors even have a name for these sometime athletes: weekend warriors. It’s a reference to the two-day intense span that most adults devote to their game, hobby or sport, followed by several days of inactivity (and soreness) during the week.

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Orthopedics




When Your Bathroom Habits Aren't Routine (And What Can Help)

Posted by Dr. Paul Ricketts on Jun 4, 2018 7:49:00 AM

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irregular bowel habits, alternating diarrhea and/or constipation, and cramping or bloating, in conjunction with abdominal discomfort or pain--they're the hallmark signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). If you are regularly finding yourself, and your bathroom, occupied with these life-altering symptoms, relief may be in sight. 

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Topics: Digestive Health




The ABC's of Skin Cancer Screening

Posted by Dr. Anthony Viol on May 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Diligent Skin Examinations are Important

As the summer months heat up, so does your risk for too much sun exposure−a major cause of skin cancer. As with other cancers, the earlier and less invasive the skin cancer is when detected, the easier it is to treat and cure. But no matter what the time of year, diligent skin examinations are important, including an annual one by a physician.

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Topics: Cancer Care, Family Health 101, Health Care 101




Behind the Scenes of a Heart Attack

Posted by Dustin Harley, R.N. on May 28, 2018 7:23:00 AM

Learn What Any Hospital Should Do

Have you ever heard of “door-to-balloon time?” It’s that critical amount of time that it takes for a heart attack patient to get from an initial assessment into the Emergency Room, and it should be under 90 minutes. During this time, an accredited Chest Pain Center should begin an intricate set of steps to guide treatment once they receive their patient.

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Topics: Cardiology, Health Care 101