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What every woman should know about pelvic organ prolapse

Talking about gynecologic issues, including pelvic organ prolapse, can be a bit uncomfortable for many women. Some of you may be tempted to stop reading right about now—but stick with me and allow me to help educate you about why this topic is so important for women of all ages. Pelvic organ prolapse, explained First …

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Family history of stroke? Here’s how to lower your risk

Your brown eyes, your curly hair, your love of a good story. You get a lot from your family. But unfortunately, many people also get a higher risk of stroke. Family history of stroke—meaning that you have a first-degree relative who has experienced either an ischemic (clotting) or hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke or an aneurysm—can increase …

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What you need to know about the COVID-19 Omicron variant

Information and guidance about COVID-19 continues to evolve. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest. As the highly contagious Omicron variant spreads across our state, here’s what you need to know to keep you and your family safe. If you are fully vaccinated and boosted, the symptoms of the …

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So, you think you have a UTI. Now what?

Do you suspect you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI)? Whether you’ve had a UTI before and know the signs, asked a friend or searched online for your symptoms, you’re pretty sure that’s what’s going on down there. What to do? Here’s where to start. Before doing anything, learn about this common—and potentially serious …

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What it means to be a Comprehensive Stroke Center (and why it matters)

Most people know that if they’re experiencing stroke symptoms, time matters. But not everyone knows that where you go matters, too. There are four levels of care for stroke centers. Let’s talk about the kind of care provided at each in the event of a stroke emergency. What is a Comprehensive Stroke Center? According to …

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19 surprising things that can spike your blood sugar besides food

A lot of attention is given to a healthy diet—and for good reason—when you have diabetes or prediabetes. A few basic dietary principles, like the ones below, can make a big difference in managing blood sugar levels. But it surprises many to hear it’s not just food that can increase your blood sugar levels. Each …

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Food labels 101: What Organic, All-Natural, Non-GMO and Grass-Fed really mean

“Raised Cage-Free.” “Certified Organic.” “All-Natural.” “No Hormones.” These are some of the food labels you may notice in the poultry case at your local grocery store today. But what do they mean? Are they important? Is the product with these labels better or more nutritious than the one that doesn’t have it? Deciphering food labels …

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5 things you need to know about fatty liver disease (and how to reverse it)

Fatty liver is the most prevalent form of liver disease in the US, and it is unfortunately on the rise. As many as 1 in 4 people have fatty liver disease. Many of these people will experience declining health as a result. Let’s discuss what fatty liver disease is, how it develops and a few …

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Heart disease runs in my family. What does that mean for me?

Recently, a man visited his doctor with complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath. “Does heart disease run in your family?” his doctor asked. “Doc,” the man replied, “No one runs in my family!” We may have a good chuckle about that one. But it’s true that a common question your doctors will ask …

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