Articles on Health

Articles on Health

Use Teamwork to Stay Healthy with Diabetes 

According to a 2010 report from the National Institutes of Health, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of ... read more

Diet Choices Affect Cancer Risk

Some 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year. And it is a leading cause of costly long-term care among aging seniors. So, what if you could avoid cancer by changing your diet?  ... read more

Weight Lifting is Great for the 50 Plus Crowd

“Not only is it possible for a man or woman over the age of 50 to build muscle mass, it is an important step to take for staying healthy and active,” says W. Bradley Strauch, M.D., with Highland Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “Muscle mass is important because... read more

Jeepers, Creepers, Take Care of Those Peepers!

Our eyes—or peepers—let us experience the world around us. “Don't take good eye health for granted,” says Ophthalmologist Louis Schott, M.D. “Even if you have never experienced eye injuries, chronic poor vision or the effects of aging on your eyes, visiting an eye specialist is still a good more

Love them where they are

Some say true love only happens in fairy tales, but the staff of the Edith Brown Pavilion at Highland District Hospital beg to differ. They deal with love stories every day as they care for their patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) more

Concussions -- Signs and Symptoms

When someone hits something very hard or has a blow to the head, the brain suddenly shifts and can knock against the skull’s bony more

Diabetes and "Carb" Counting

For 20.8 million individuals with (type 2) diabetes mellitus, it is really a balancing act. They need insulin for their cells to utilize food for energy, and they need to follow three guidelines for long-term more

Diabetic Retinopathy -- Minimize the Impact

If you are diabetic, grab the phone and make a date with your ophthalmologist or optometrist for your yearly dilated-eye more

Make Country Living Fun and Safe This Year

Living is easy in the country except when the critters and farm equipment take a bite out of you! more

Frostbite -- What to look for and how to treat it

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing; it causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, usually the feet, hands, nose and ears.Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to more

Helping patients with speech and eating disorders

Speech therapy provides inpatient and outpatient services to help people of all ages who have speech, voice or language disorders, as well as swallowing or eating problems. The speech therapist works with patients through exercises and stimulation to treat their disorders and help them develop or regain daily living more

Keep your immune system at its best

Stress control, plenty of sleep, physical activity, balanced nutrition and hydration are key factors in maintaining a strong immune system. Your chances of surviving, recovering, or totally avoiding infectious diseases is much higher if your general health is more

Physician Offers New Procedure to Manage Back Pain

Highland District Hospital welcomes Amol Soin, M.D., a pain management specialist, to its Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Soin uses non-narcotic treatments and minimally invasive procedures for pain management. He also consults with patients and therapists at the hospital’s Center for Rehabilitation & Sports more

Vaccines for Preteens and Young Adults

Pediatricians are encouraging parents to give their children two newly recommended vaccines. The Center for Disease Control recently added Gardasil and Menactra to the Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. These vaccines target cervical cancer and bacterial meningitis in children and more

Leg or Arm Pain Can Be Warning Signs of Peripheral Artery Disease

Have you noticed your legs cramping, feeling tired or painful when you climb stairs or take a walk? Does the discomfort generally stop when you rest? You might have peripheral artery disease (PAD) more

Preventing Falls in the Elderly

Anyone can fall, although the risk is higher in older people. This increased risk of falling may be the result of changes that come with aging and certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, cataracts or hip more

Regaining Optimum Health and Fitness

Injuries, illness, and other physical and neurological conditions are facts of life. When children and adults have disabilities or impairments to contend with, their physicians can refer them to medical specialists or to therapists who provide rehabilitative more

Safe Grilling -- Avoid Foodborne Illness

Foodborne disease causes roughly 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and about 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each more

Biking Safety Beyond the Helmet

Wearing a helmet while riding a bike is like wearing a seat belt while riding in a car. It is a preventive more

Take Advantage of Summer's Bounty of Nutrition

Although science shows eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can mean a healthier heart, lower risk of cancer, better brain function and longer life, how do you ensure you get the fruits and vegetables into your home and into your diet? more

Supplements: Know What You Swallow

Ever notice there is always a recent discovery of an essential vitamin’s benefit to our overall good health? That vitamin is marketed as a miracle worker. Guess what! Vitamins A, D, E & K (fat soluble) and B Complex and C (water soluble) are all miracle workers that our bodies more

Take Charge of Kid's Nutrition Before Teen Years

Studies show that families who eat meals together with parents displaying good eating habits help to establish better nutritional outcomes in teenagers. And get this; it also helps with their emotional more

Physicians for Women partner with women -- through the reproductive cycle

Physicians for Women offer specialized obstetric and gynecological care with OB/GYN certified physicians and a certified nurse-midwife. With their compassionate and comprehensive care, they work together to ensure that women have the best of care during their cycle of reproductive more

When to Call Your Child's Doctor

It is difficult as an adult to decide when to call the doctor for a cough, fever or other illness; it is even more difficult to determine when your child should be seen. Parents sometimes overreact to a child’s illness and then, feeling chastised for an unnecessary visit, are reluctant to call the next more

Women over 35 -- Osteoporosis Action Plan

Just by being female you've upped your risk of osteoporosis. But take heart, even women in menopause can still prevent bone thinning and fractures associated with the disease. Unlike women under the age of 35 who are still growing bone mass—menopausal women can still take preventative more