Mari Rydings

Mari Rydings

Mari is the content development coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital. She’s the editor of our Your Health magazine, and she writes and edits copy for our web site, brochures and other external communication pieces. Her favorite cookie is the Double Stuf Oreo.

Living With Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer's

How One Caregiver and Her Family Bonded to Support Their Parents Alzheimer’s disease played a leading role in Joyce Bouyear’s life and the lives of her three brothers. Both of their parents were diagnosed with the disease. First, they cared for their father, who passed away in 2013. They cared for their mother, who had Lewy […]

Play It Safe This Summer

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Kids in the swimming pool

Whether they’re splashing in a pool, sliding into home base or enjoying ice cream with friends, kids have a blast soaking up summer. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Reduce the chance of injuries with these common sense safety tips, offered by three Meritas Health healthcare professionals. Be Prepared Cuts, scrapes and […]

6 Tips for Soothing Winter Skin

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Winter Skin

Old Man Winter took it easy on Kansas City the past few years. Unfortunately, this year he’s back in full force. If the seemingly endless days of sub-zero wind chills aren’t enough to make you want to pack your bags for warmer places, maybe the dry, itchy skin that comes with winter will. Don’t fly […]

6 Flu-fighting Foods to Start Eating Now

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Natural flu fighters

Superheroes are super trendy right now, but even they aren’t tough enough to fight off cold and flu viruses that prey on people during the winter. Ancy Maruthanal, MD, an internal medicine physician with Meritas Health North Kansas City, recommends eating these six superfoods to wage an effective battle. Superhero Secret Brussels sprouts boost your […]

Diabetes: Myth vs. Fact

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Diabetes: Myth vs. Fact

November is American Diabetes Month®, and to help raise awareness for this chronic condition, the American Diabetes Association wants to debunk some myths and provide a few facts that can help you prevent diabetes or manage your symptoms. Myth: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop Type 2 diabetes. Fact: Being overweight is a […]

Get the Lowdown on Diabetes

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Do I Have Prediabetes

November is American Diabetes Month®, and to support the American Diabetes Association’s efforts to put this chronic disease in the spotlight, our diabetes educators, Mary Beth and Melissa, answering some commonly asked questions. Q. What is prediabetes? Mary Beth: Before people develop Type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar […]

Photo Finish

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NKCH is currently the only Midwestern hospital using the Veinsite technology

From snapping selfies to viewing videos, we live in the age of images. At North Kansas City Hospital, we love pictures, too, especially when they can help us save lives or make our patients more comfortable. Read on to learn about new imaging technologies that help us diagnose and treat patients. Blood Draws: Veinsite Locator If […]

Adult ADHD

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Adult ADHD

When we hear the term attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, we tend to think of children. However, up to 70% of kids with ADHD still have symptoms as adults.  Adults who have ADHD most likely had it as a child, without realizing it. Symptoms ADHD is difficult to diagnose because there are many overlapping symptoms, which […]