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Being Proactive, Not Reactive Choosing a Long Term Life Care Facility

Being Proactive, Not Reactive Choosing a Long Term Life Care Facility

One of the hardest things a caregiver will ever have to do is to know when it’s time for their loved one to go into a long-term care facility. Often, caregivers will go long past the point of when they should have incorporated help from the outside. Sometimes, it’s their own fear of failing as a caregiver and the fear …

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Compression Devices: Effective Treatment for Limb Swelling

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By Alyssa Parker Many individuals attempt to manage their limb swelling through various treatments such as compression stockings, exercise, diuretics, and elevation with little or no results. Limb swelling, also known as edema, may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common conditions where limb swelling is the first symptom include venous insufficiency, post operative …

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Tips to Avoid Hidden Sugars Around the Holidays

Tips to Avoid Hidden Sugars Around the Holidays

Kellie McKinney, MS | Healthy Lifestyle columnist | Co-Founder of Two Nutrition Nuts Low-fat and ‘diet’ foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and palatability and to add bulk and texture in the place of fat. Even savoury foods, like ready-made soups and sauces may contain added sugar. A can of soft drink, on average, contains the equivalent …

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Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery

Are you overweight? Are you suffering from health effects that are related to being considerably overweight, such as diabetes or heart problems? Have you attempted to lose weight, but just can’t shed the pounds? Then gastric bypass surgery might be right for you. Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and reduce your risk for several serious medical conditions including …

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This year, resolve to get the most out of your healthcare dollars

One of the most important things you can do for your health (besides eating healthy foods and exercising), is to seek credible knowledge and use that information to be your own advocate. So often, patients don’t realize that they have choices when it comes to healthcare and that those choices can – and do – make a difference. Take diagnostic …

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Lose weight? Check. Start exercising? Check. Stop smoking? Check. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and …

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Don’t Pursue Your Passion

By Alex Anderson There is a danger in pursuing your passion… it assumes that you can only have one. This drove me nuts in a reversed kind of way. I knew what my passion or calling was…to be a minister. The only problem was…so was being an entrepreneur, musician, writer, father and husband. The pressure to excel and become the …

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Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer Death

Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer Death

Medical science has made some rapid advances in recent years and none more so than the ability to be able to prevent and treat cervical cancers in adult women. Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina). Cervical cancer usually forms slowly over many years, but occasionally it happens faster. …

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Strike before a stroke

Strike before a stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of adult disability. It occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted, causing brain tissue to die. What many may not realize is that stroke and heart disease are two sides of the same coin – vascular disease. “Vascular disease isn’t selective … the …

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Body Weight and Joint Pain

Body Weight and Joint Pain

Laura C. Reese, D.O. Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgeon If you were to ask people to name a health problem related to obesity, odds are good they’d say “heart disease” or “diabetes.” And they’d be right; those two chronic diseases have a very strong relationship to excess weight. They are the safe bets. But if you like long odds, put your …

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Personalized Hormone Therapy via Pharmaceutical Compounding

Personalized Hormone Therapy

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is the process of restoring and maintaining hormone balance with hormones that are biologically identical to hormones produced by the human body. BHRT is commonly used to treat menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep disorders, decreased libido, and an increased risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. The use of hormones …

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Boyd County Pharmacy: Because your health deserves the personal touch

Boyd County Pharmacy: Because your health deserves the personal touch

Does a trip to the “big box” pharmacy counter sometimes feel like taking a number and waiting at a government office … cold, impersonal, frustrating and never-ending? Then you should change pharmacies! Your health, and the medications you need to stay (or get) healthy are too important. At Boyd County Pharmacy, you will never feel like one of a crowd. We …

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‘Tis the Season to be Cautious

‘Tis the Season to be Cautious

The holidays are a time of joyous family gatherings, festive decorations and elaborate dinners. But it’s important to be extra careful careful while enjoying the most wonderful time of the year. While there is an increase in holiday cheer, there is also a sharp rise in injuries during the holiday season. Many common holiday activities can cause injuries that can make …

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When it’s More Than Just a Polyp

When it’s More Than Just a Polyp

Colon cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in one or more layers of tissue of the colon (the longest part of the large intestine). The majority of the time, it begins with the growth of  pre-malignant polyps known as adenomas. Colon Cancer Tumors Over several years, these polyps can grow larger and become malignant, developing into a …

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50 Ways to make it through the holidays fit, happy and healthy

50 Ways to make it through the holidays fit, happy and healthy

At the Ashland Area YMCA, we believe that every person is a unique individual, worthy of love and respect. We work hard every day to help our members and their families achieve health in the body, mind and spirit. December is perhaps one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for most adults – and kids. In …

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