Just Breathe

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Asthma Triggers

Asthma attacks are scary, and if you’re a woman, your chance of being diagnosed with asthma increases as you age. When you’re 20, the rate of diagnosis is equally split between men and women. However, by age 40, women are twice as likely to have asthma than men of the same age. “We are aware […]

Lifesaving Trauma Care

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Dusty and Social Worker Dawn Grassman

Dusty Baker doesn’t remember the details from the car accident that changed his life on March 4, but he does remember the lifesaving care he received at NKCH. After a 21-day stay in ICU and another two weeks on a medical/surgical unit, Dusty left the hospital for a rehab facility, where he continued his recovery. […]

A Mother Daughter Tradition

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Mary and Karen, mother & daughter, get their annual mammogram together

It’s never too late to have your first mammogram. Just ask Mary Underwood, who had her first exam at age 64. “My daughter, Karen (Rounkles), had a mammogram scheduled at North Kansas City Hospital, and she asked me if I wanted to get one, too,” Mary said. “I said yes because I figured it was […]

Moms & Dots Who Work at NKCH

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Mother's Day

The relationship between a mother and daughter is one of the most powerful connections. Just ask these mother and daughter pairs who work at North Kansas City Hospital. They share common interests and describe being best friends. Mary and Becca Becca Stacy, BSN, RN, NICU, knew from a young age that she wanted to follow […]

123 Kids Yoga

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Kids Yoga classes in the Wellness Corner at Zona Rosa

Burning-off my preschooler’s energy has been a challenge during this rainy spring! We’ve been on the hunt for indoor activities all over the Northland, and I was excited to learn about kids’ classes at the new NKCH Wellness Corner at Zona Rosa. Close to home – check! Weekend classes – check! Affordable – check! Class […]

Earth Day Celebrates Its 47th Year

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Container Garden for Earth Day

April 22 marks the 47th anniversary of the founding of the modern environmental movement, more commonly known as Earth Day. It’s a day to celebrate our beautiful planet and a time to promote the importance of creating a clean and sustainable environment. Climate change and global warming are two of the biggest challenges facing the […]

Antacid Sufferers Beware

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Esophageal Cancer

Antacids, like Tums, are one of the most profitable over-the-counter products. As many as 15 million Americans experience heartburn every day. Persistent heartburn (two or more times per week) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause stomach acid to splash into the esophagus, producing cellular changes that can ultimately result in cancer. About three million Americans […]

Traditions Around the Globe

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Easter Traditions Around the Globe

Sent With Love “At this time each year, I bring out some of my grandmother Nealie’s Easter postcards from the 1900s. Her family traveled from Tennessee to live in Savannah, MO. People back then used postcards to communicate with each other. By reading what they wrote, I get a peek into their lives.” Smashing Good […]

Eggstra Special Delivery

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

White fur or brown, straight ears or floppy, the Easter bunny’s magic transcends age. On Friday, April 14, 60+ adults will report to work and many will ponder, “Where’s my egg?” These aren’t just any plastic colored eggs. They arrive by special delivery, each handwritten with a name and filled with confectionery delights. Angie Neperud, […]

Hernia Repairs Go High-tech

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Dr. Art Stratman, robotic surgery patient

Art Stratman, MD, a retired family physician, enjoys playing a few games of pool each week, and even finds time to mix in some Mexican Train dominoes. But, when his bilateral inguinal (groin) hernia flared up, the pain made routine activities difficult to enjoy. “I had a left inguinal hernia repaired about 23 years ago, and […]