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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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    Postpartum Recovery Period Checklist

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    Your hospital bag might be packed with newborn must-haves, but does it include everything you need to heal after delivery? Your hospital or birth center may or may not provide a few mesh panties, pads and topical treatments for healing. But just in case you don’t head home with a starter kit—and because it’s always … Continued

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    Consuming Caffeine While Pregnant or Nursing: Here’s the Scoop

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    Whether it’s pregnancy or postpartum, the health of a growing baby is every new mom’s first priority. We tighten up our diets and sacrifice some of our favorite foods to minimize health risks to baby. And it leaves many of us wondering—do I have to give up coffee, too? According to health experts at Mon … Continued

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    Your Mammography Screening Schedule: When to Start and How Often to Screen

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    More than 90 percent of women with breast cancer detected in the early stages will survive. Yet, some still put off or skip their mammograms simply because the screening advice varies. According to Dr. Megan Johnson, a primary care physician at Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care, getting a mammogram is the best way patients can … 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

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    5 Infant Safe Sleep Tips

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    “Sleep when the baby sleeps” is a piece of advice you’ll probably hear a lot as a new parent. But how can you rest assured that baby stays safe as both of you slumber? “Sleep is critical for the development of a baby—-and they’ll need plenty of it,” said Dr. William Hamilton, Mon Health OBGYN. … Continued

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    Former Flight Surgeon Caring for Mon Health Medical Center Patients

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    Mark Coomes, MD, wanted to start his physician career off the right way – serving his country in the United States Air Force. Dr. Coomes graduated Magna Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He pursued his medical degree, graduating from Brown Medical School in 2009. With a … Continued

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    Gestational Diabetes: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

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    You’ll be examined, screened and tested frequently during pregnancy, and one of the reasons is to check for a disease that affects around 9 percent of all pregnant women—gestational diabetes. During pregnancy, changing hormone levels drastically alter a woman’s metabolism. And under the right circumstances, this can cause temporary spikes in blood sugar levels for … Continued