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From The Blog

Good bacteria for your gut

The lining of your digestive tract is covered in microscopic creatures, mostly bacteria, called a microbiome, which plays a large role in your health. Find out how to maintain a healthy microbiome.

May 24, 2019

5 ways to build strong bones as you age

After age 30, you start to lose bone mass. Get five tips to build stronger bones and combat that loss.

May 23, 2019

Stop by a farmers market for fresh, healthy finds

Trying new fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market is one of summer's joys and a good way to eat healthy foods. Try this asparagus recipe to get you started.

May 22, 2019

Don't fall for a fad diet

Hear about a diet plan that seems too good to be true? It probably is. Learn the signs of a fad diet and three key elements in all healthy plans.

May 21, 2019

Exercises for a happy back

Don't let back pain slow you down. Learn how to stretch and strengthen your back properly to keep you moving.

May 21, 2019

Do you need to say goodbye to gluten?

Thinking about trying a gluten-free diet? Learn why it's not necessarily a healthy option for everyone.

May 15, 2019

When should I see a doctor about back pain?

About 80% of adults experience back pain at some time in their lives. For most people, it will go away on its own in four to six weeks with self-care. So, how do you know when to see your doctor about your back pain? Here's a few causes or symptoms that indicate it's time to schedule that appointment.

T.K. Schiefer, M.D. By T.K. Schiefer May 8, 2019

9 reasons to see a travel medicine specialist before international travel

When you travel to another country, one of the most important plans you can make is to see a travel medicine specialist. Here are nine reasons why.

Lori Arndt, P.A.-C. By Lori Arndt May 2, 2019

What's your family's digital diet plan?

The average teenager spends approximately nine hours per day looking at a screen, while younger children often spend up to six hours a day engaging with a screen. Technology has changed the way we live, interact and communicate — all of which has significant health consequences.

Adam Anderson Ph.D. By Adam Anderson April 30, 2019

Too dry for tampons: Now what?

No one looks forward to their menstrual cycle and the pain and other symptoms it brings with it, but what if you’re too dry to use tampons to combat the bleeding? There are a few factors that can cause dryness and a few ways to treat the problem.

April 29, 2019

5 facts about prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Here are five things you should know about prostate cancer and prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests.

Melissa Nissen, M.D. By Melissa Nissen April 25, 2019

Menopause: Change of life Q&A

Menopause— often called the change of life — is a natural part of aging. Learn about signs, symptoms and treatment options.

John Smith MD By John Smith April 23, 2019