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    Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Eating Disorders

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    Would you know if your child is suffering from an eating disorder? Dr. Vincent P. Kolanko, Mon Health Pediatrician, weighs in on not-so-obvious signs and symptoms that your child may need help. Picky appetites, changing moods and occasional self-conscious feelings. These can all be normal, temporary behaviors in children or teens as they grow. But … Continued

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    5 Heart Disease Myths and Misconceptions

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    Dr. Samantha Crites, a Cardiologist at the Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center, busts five myths and misconceptions surrounding heart disease risks, signs and symptoms. 5 heart disease myths debunked Myth #1: Heart disease mostly affects men. Many women don’t know that their risk for heart disease can be just as high as men’s–and it … Continued

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    High Blood Pressure? Some Cold Medicines May be Dangerous

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    If you’ve been hit with a cold, one of the first things you might do to reduce coughing, sneezing and congestion is head to the pharmacy for cold symptom relief. As with any type of medication, over-the-counter cold remedies come with their own side effects. And if you have high blood pressure, you should be … Continued

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    Mon Health Medical Center HealthFair Relocating, Changing Date

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    To better serve our community, Mon Health Medical Center is changing the date and the location of its annual HealthFair. In 2019, the HealthFair is moving to June 8, out of winter and into late spring. And, the event will move to the Mon Health Medical Center campus. In past years, the HealthFair was at the … Continued

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    Vision changes during pregnancy, Dr. Hamilton can help

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    Mood swings…Food cravings…Vivid dreams… Many would agree that pregnancy is filled with all kinds of strange symptoms. And according to 15 percent of pregnant women, a decline or change in their vision is among them. Dr. William K. Hamilton, Mon Health OBGYN, explains that while odd, this issue is actually common in many pregnancies. “The … Continued

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    Stonewall Jackson Hospital’s Jim Paugh Dedicated to Helping Patient Experience

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    Jim Paugh has been named Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Hospital’s Employee of Month for November 2018. Jim was nominated for the award by his co-workers. “Jim willingly accepts all additional tasks and consistently goes above and beyond to always exceed customer and patient expectations,” one co-worker said. “He is dedicated to providing a safe environment … Continued

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    When Should You See a Doctor for Overactive Bladder

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    Life can feel isolating for those with overactive bladder. But studies show this problem—which affects upwards of 33 million Americans— is more common than you might think. It’s so common, in fact, that most experts believe the statistics revealing 40% of women and 30% of men have the disorder are actually low, says Mon Health … Continued

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    Can the flu increase my risk of heart attack?

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    Becoming ill with the flu is always serious—but for people with certain chronic heart conditions, the flu can turn deadly. New studies show that some patients are six times more likely to have a heart attack during the week after being diagnosed with influenza in comparison to other times of the year. It all has … Continued

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    Why Triglycerides Matter —And How to Lower Them

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    You might already be aware that high blood pressure and cholesterol can wreak havoc on your health. But did you know there’s a third culprit that could threaten your heart health if left unmanaged? Triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood, play a key role in converting calories into energy between meals. When … Continued

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    8 Common Nutrient Deficiencies

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    Feeling tired, sluggish or having difficulty concentrating? A nutrient deficiency could be to blame, according Ashley Bainbridge, DO, a Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care physician. “Many of us are lacking essential micronutrients in our diets,” said Dr. Bainbridge. “Certain deficiencies can be the reason you’re feeling ‘off,’ and—if prolonged—can lead to even more serious health … Continued