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  • 9 Tips for Making Healthy Choices During the Holidays

    Family dinners and holiday parties are just around the corner. If you don’t have a plan for balancing food choices with enjoying the festivities, you may find yourself really frustrated. Try these 9 tips for making healthy holiday choices and you may find yourself having a Happy New Year

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  • 6 Tips to Keep You Fit This Fall

    The winds of autumn are upon us, and they have already blown away the heat and humidity of summer. It's time to prepare for a new season, and the same applies to your health.

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  • All About Influenza

    We are nearing Influenza “flu” season again. The ideal time to get immunized is before flu viruses start circulating. It takes approximately 2 weeks for your body to process the vaccine and make an effective number of antibodies, so getting vaccinated before the flu hits is key. While seasonal flu outbreaks may occur as early as October, most years we see a peak in January or later.

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  • Confronting Misinformation on the Web

    How many of you have jumped on the web, google searched your condition, symptoms, etc. Then spent the next few hours reading about how you probably have the worst diagnosis possible on WebMD  and the like. 

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  • Medical Weight Loss, Polly's Story

    Like so many people, Polly struggled with my weight for years, trying many diets only to lose some weight and regain it, and more.  At her heaviest, she actually weighed over 300 pounds. 

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  • Vaccinating Your Child

    Vaccinations.  They’re considered to be one of the biggest, most important medical advancements ever made against the spread of infectious disease.  They save lives and prevent so much suffering. But what do you really know about vaccines?

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  • 7 Guidelines to Healthy Weight Loss

    Dietary changes will reduce your risk of breast, colon, and prostate cancers, and also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 80%! Read this blog for seven “guidelines” to give your body a “tune up.”

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  • Breath of Fresh Air

    Quitting smoking can be incredibly challenging. Some past smokers say that quitting was one of the hardest things they’ve ever done, but also one of the things they’re most proud of doing. Deaconess now offers a new tool in the challenge to quit smoking.

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  • Summer Safety Tips

    If you have kids, you’re likely dealing with some safety worries associated with summer activities. 
    Here are some tips to help your family have a safe and fun summer. 

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  • Health Screenings Men Need - When & Why

    Health screenings help doctors and other providers detect conditions at earlier, more treatable stages.  Whether we’re screening for blood glucose (for diabetes), cholesterol (for heart disease) or PSA (for prostate cancer), the goal of all screenings is to bring attention to a problem or a developing problem.

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  • Lifestyle Changes That Lead to a Leaner, Healthier You

    I want to help anyone reading this know more about how eating habits and activity levels can impact weight loss. The first point to make, which is what the rest of this conversation will be about, is that weight loss is a matter of taking in fewer calories than you use during the day. 

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  • Stroke. Reduce Your Risk, and Know the Signs

    Stroke is the leading cause of long-term adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Because of these serious statistics, I want everyone to know more about stroke risk factors, stroke signs and symptoms, and the importance of immediate treatment if a stroke is suspected.

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  • Q&A About Getting Your Zzzzs

    Are you sleepy right now? Feeling like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night? Read this Q & A to learn about sleep disorders and treatment options.

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  • Are You Ready to Take Shape for Life?

    Take Shape for Life is a new program at Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions.  This is an effective, relatively-easy way for people to lose weight—in a non-surgical program. Many people don’t qualify for or NEED weight loss surgery, but instead would benefit from a medically-directed weight loss program.

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  • Vaccines and Your Child

    Vaccines.  They’re considered one of the greatest medical advancements in history, and can currently prevent 25 illnesses and diseases.  This is a topic that is so important to me and fellow pediatricians, as vaccinations are crucial part of caring for children. In this article, learn more about vaccines, including why they’re important and how they work.

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  • What Everyone Should Know About Skin Cancer

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. People of all races can develop skin cancer. However, certain people are more likely to develop skin cancer. Some skin cancer risk factors include:

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  • What you need to know about Prescription Drug Abuse

    Did you know that more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined?  In the U.S., one in 20 people have used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons. 
    So how does a prescription drug abuse problem start?

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  • Kidney Stones, Part 2

    If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you know how painful the condition can be.  My previous article talked about the causes and symptoms of kidney stones, as well as the process of sometimes letting a stone “pass.”  This second article focuses on procedures used to treat kidney stones, and how to prevent stones from occurring or reoccurring.

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  • Kidney Stones, Part 1

    If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you know how extraordinary the pain can be. I’ve had female patients who have given birth tell me that having and passing a kidney stone is worse than childbirth—without the reward at the end!

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  • Runners Foot

    Welcome runners!  This article is all about keeping YOUR feet healthy and feeling good. Not only am I a podiatrist, but I’m also an avid runner. I’ve been a runner for about 6-7 years, since I started in podiatry school.  I lost about 100 pounds before I started running, and so I took up running to keep it off. The first timed race I ever did was the Des Moines (Iowa) Half Marathon. I’ve ran numerous races since then—4 full marathons, 3 ultra marathons (50k, 50 mile), and numerous half marathons. I’m sharing some helpful tips—both personal and professional--about keeping your feet healthy.

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  • All About Exercise for Kids!

    Kids exercise all the time without even knowing it. Running around outside or playing kickball at school, are two kinds of exercise. When you exercise, you are helping build a strong body that will be able to move around and do all the stuff you need to do. 

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  • Be a Fit Kid!

    There is a lot of discussion these days about fit kids. People who care for kids, like parents, doctors, health care professionals, and teachers, want to help kids be fit and healthy. Being fit is a way of saying a person eats well, gets a lot of exercise, and has a healthy weight. If you are fit, your body works well, feels good, and looks healthy. When you are fit, you can do all the things you want to do, like run and play with your family and friends. 

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  • Reducing Anxiety About Anxiety

    Affecting nearly one-in-five adults at some level, anxiety disorders are common and can be debilitating. Anxiety disorders can range from mild to severe to full panic.  Some people don’t realize they have an anxiety disorder until they end up in an emergency room thinking they’re having a heart attack, when they’re actually having a panic/anxiety attack.

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  • Can You Hear Me Now? 9 Common Questions About Hearing Loss

    Did you know that about 20 percent of adults in the United States report some degree of hearing loss?  By the time people reach age 65, that number rises to 1 in 3.  As an audiologist, there are many common questions I receive about hearing loss, so I want to share those—and their answers—with you.

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