Specialized Teen Health

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Eve Krahn, MD with teen patient

As children grow older, in the blink of an eye they transition from play dates to parties and from carpools to driving. They also stop making regular visits to the doctor, and that change concerns some physicians. Many preteens and adolescents see their doctors only when they are sick or need school vaccinations or sports […]

Got Fiber?

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Good Sources of Fiber

Dietary fiber has numerous health benefits and many Americans are not getting enough in their daily diet. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body does not digest. The best sources of fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans and legumes. It is recommended that most adults consume between 25 to 30 grams […]

Stress and Heart Disease: Fad or Fact?

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Stress and Heart Disease

For decades now the medical community has focused on stress as a major cause of heart disease. But is that a fact? Has the negative impact of stress been overblown, especially when compared to other risk factors? After all, stress is a normal part of our everyday life. What’s really important to consider is the […]

Fighting Chronic Disease with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega 3 Sources

What classifies fats as “good” or “bad”? Fatty acids are organized into four groups: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated and trans fats. Good Fats Unsaturated fats are also known as “omega’s”. Omega fatty acids play an important role in overall health. These “good” fats are essential for heart health, lowering risk for coronary artery disease and stroke, […]

Easy on the Eyes

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Computer Vision Syndrome

The average American adult spends more than 8 hours of every day in front of a screen working, paying bills, shopping online, reading books or watching movies. Computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones are part of daily life, but extended screen time may have an unexpected downside: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS is a group of […]

Diet Defense

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Brocoli Grape Walnut Salad

Winter is in full swing, meaning the sound of sniffles and coughs become a part of everyday sounds. If there was a way you could avoid that pesky common cold, would you do it? One of the most important defenses to prevent illness and colds is making sure your immune system is armed to fight […]

Sensible Indulgences

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Baking Substitutes

During the holiday season we tend to do more baking. The National Institute of Health estimates that Americans gain between 1 and 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Here are some easy recipe substitutions that can be used to help make your baking healthier. These easy recipe modifications can help make foods healthier […]

A Walk on the Sidelines

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Sports Medicine at North Kansas City Hospital

High school football teams playing under Friday night lights often do so under the watchful eyes of orthopedic physicians from North Kansas City Hospital. Attend a football game at one of 10 area high schools and chances are an orthopedic specialist is on the sidelines in case of injury. On any Friday evening, high school […]

NKCH recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer

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TJC Top Performer

North Kansas City Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. The Joint Commission’s recognized North Kansas City Hospital for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical […]