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Taking your folic acid in 2020

By Carolina Boyd The New Year is starting off with a reminder for women to take their folic acid. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the March of Dimes have partnered together for National Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan. 5-11, 2020). Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper …

What you need to know about Croup

By Carolina Boyd Croup is one of the most common respiratory illnesses to send young children to the hospital. Also known as laryngotracheitis, this upper airway infection causes swelling around the voice box and windpipe, which can block a child’s ability to breathe. Children between 3 months and 5 years of age are most at …

What permanent post-pregnancy body changes to expect

It’s no secret that a woman’s body changes after pregnancy. Issues like postpartum weight gain, breast sensitivity and constipation usually go away in the months and year following the birth of a baby.  What can be surprising for new mothers to learn is that there are many permanent body changes that follow a pregnancy. Here …

Seven Myths about the Flu Vaccine

By Kimberly Cooper, Occupational Health and Infection Control Nurse This week marks National Influenza Vaccination week. This event was created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2005 to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated for the flu.  Despite various efforts to get people vaccinated, many myths remain about the flu vaccine. We are …

Surviving the Holiday Eating Season

By Sean Barrett, Registered Dietitian Beginning with Halloween all the way through New Year’s Day, ‘tis the season for holiday eating. This time of year provides us with many opportunities to gather with family, friends or co-workers and most of these gatherings revolve around food. The holiday food environment can be especially daunting to patients …

RSV: What to do when it is more than just a cold

By Carolina Boyd This time of year, parents know to be on alert for the cold virus or the flu. However, there is another health issue that should not be overlooked—respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). This childhood virus can cause mild, cold-like symptoms, as well as infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. RSV season varies …

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

By Carolina Boyd November is a month in which we become more aware of the things and people in our lives that make us thankful. This month is also Diabetes Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to diabetes, one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States.  According to the …

Shining the spotlight on Preterm Labor: National Prematurity Awareness Month

By Carolina Boyd Pregnancy is a time of joy for many expectant moms. But for those who experience complications during pregnancy, it can lead to the heartache of preterm labor. November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, a time to focus on this maternal and infant health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one …

Getting ready for this year’s flu season

By Carolina Boyd If you’ve been to the doctor lately, chances are your health care provider has asked if you’ve gotten a flu shot yet. There is good reason for that. The flu virus is most active during the fall and winter months. Flu season usually begins in October and peaks between December and February, …

What to expect during Perimenopause

By Carolina Boyd Women know that at some point in their lives their menstrual periods will come to an end. This is known as menopause and it marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. However, there is another transitional time—leading up to menopause—called perimenopause that will bring rapid changes to their bodies. On average, …