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From The Blog

Fostering resiliency in kids

Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?

Anita Vlcek, L.P.C. By Anita Vlcek March 25, 2019

Are stretch marks normal for teens?

Teens face many struggles navigating through growing up. Some can be difficult to accept, especially when it comes to body changes and image. Stretch marks are common, but can be treated.

March 25, 2019

Woman heals using hyperbaric oxygen therapy

After Grace Andersen was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent a transplant, she developed bladder inflammation caused by a bacterial infection. When medications didn't work, she tried hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

March 22, 2019

Family meals: Building relationships

Eating as a family can be more than just shared conversations — it’s building relationships. Nutrition educator Katie Johnson shares a few tips that can make it easier to plan and prep meals.

March 22, 2019

5 ways to prepare before starting a family

Pregnancy is an exciting time in life, but it also is a time of big lifestyle changes. If you are thinking about starting a family, it's a good idea to consider how starting a family will impact your life and prepare for those changes.

Sisco Emily 2011 By Emily Sisco March 21, 2019

Treating your child’s eczema can help the whole family

Eczema can make children uncomfortable, irritable and sleep deprived, which often leads to behavioral issues. Learn how treating your child's eczema can help the whole family.

Sheila Galbraith, M.D. By Sheila Galbraith March 20, 2019

Rethink your drink: Beware of hidden sugar

Sugary drinks are everywhere and, even worse, can be quite tempting. They taste good, and our taste buds have been trained to love them. But they serve no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health and waistline.

March 20, 2019

Thyroid disease: Symptoms and treatment

The thyroid gland makes a hormone that regulates metabolism. Sometimes it can make too little or too much of the hormone, resulting in thyroid disease. Find out the types, symptoms and treatment options.

March 19, 2019

What are hidden sources of caffeine?

You probably know that coffee contains caffeine, but did you know that caffeine also can be found in other drinks, food and some medications?

March 19, 2019

How do bladder Botox injections work?

Botox injections are not just for facial wrinkles. They also can be used for ongoing bladder continence issues. Find out how and if it hurts to get them.

Susan Johnston, P.A.-C. By Susan Johnston March 15, 2019

15-minute workout: Core

Busy day? We all know how hard it can be to fit a workout into our schedule, but why not get started with a 15-minute home workout using a stability ball?

March 14, 2019

A new me: Learning to live well with chronic conditions

Living with a chronic condition can be a challenge. Just ask Barb Welch. She lives with two of them. “I have diabetes and arthritis,” Welch says. “I have a lot of aches and pains.”

March 13, 2019