Hometown Health

A community of information and resources to improve your health and well-being, including blog posts from providers, patients and community members.

From The Blog

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Part I

We understand that in the world of obstetrics and gynecology, there are many topics which women may wonder about, but are uncertain how to address. This series is designed to help you to feel less squeamish about discussing those topics.

Heidi Gaston MD By Heidi Gaston February 24, 2017

Monday Run Day 6: Assessing your carbohydrate needs

As you’re burning up the miles, you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to go the distance. One important thing to remember as your body works to recover between runs and workouts is to make sure you’re giving it enough carbohydrates.

February 24, 2017

Top 10 essentials to pack for your outdoor winter adventure

Venturing outdoors for recreation during winter months can be an exhilarating, if a little chilly, experience. While this can be fun, the nature of the outdoors in winter adds extra challenge and danger to be weary of.

Doug Larsen PA By Doug Larsen February 23, 2017

Chin up — This disappearing act can be your secret

While not harmful, a double chin can make people appear older than they are, and few people want that. Surgery is an option, but there now is an option that is not as costly and is less invasive.

James Banich, M.D. By James Banich February 22, 2017

Skipping sedation: A quicker colonoscopy

Deb Gunderson has natural curiosity and a love of medicine. It was for those reasons that the licensed practical nurse opted for a sedation-free colonoscopy when she was due to receive the important colon cancer screening.

February 21, 2017

Q & A: Falls and fall prevention

Falls can happen to people of all ages and for a great variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the older we get, the more brittle our bones can become, so the severity of injury from even a simple fall can be more debilitating. Here are a few common questions about falls and fall prevention.

Jacqueline Corona MD By Jacqueline Corona February 21, 2017

New option for seizure answers closer to home

For anyone who has epilepsy or a seizure disorder, life can be a challenging and uncertain journey. Every person with epilepsy has a unique life situation, and the cause for their seizures may or may not be known.

February 20, 2017

Monday Run Day 5: Staying motivated

Are you finding times when you look at the long road ahead and wonder how you’ll maintain this pace until you reach the finish line? A slight shift in perspective might help.

February 17, 2017

Healthy habits before and after bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery is not the best option for every person, but incorporating healthful habits is good for everyone. We have some tips to get you started living more healthfully.

Wendy Payson, R.N. By Wendy Payson February 16, 2017

Easing labor pain with inhaled nitrous oxide

Increasing numbers of expectant moms are requesting nitrous oxide for pain relief during childbirth. Answers to some common questions may help you decide if this comfort measure is right for you.

Jennifer Meyers CNM By Jennifer Meyers February 15, 2017

Heart disease in women: Symptoms and risk factors

Pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest is not always severe or even the most prominent heart attack symptom, particularly in women. That’s why it’s important for women to understand their unique symptoms and work to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Stacy Blackburn DO By Stacy Blackburn February 14, 2017

Not quite as planned: When your child needs surgery

Just the thought of your child having surgery is something most parents don’t even want to consider, but surgeries, procedures or tests are sometimes necessary. Being proactive and educating yourself about scenarios in which your child might need to have surgery can make the process less stressful for both you and your child.

Denise Klinkner MD By Denise Klinkner February 14, 2017