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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Support for the Tiniest Patients

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NICU baby

One in every 10 babies born in the U.S. is admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) because of premature birth or another medical condition. For parents with a baby in a NICU, the experience can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. That’s why North Kansas City Hospital recently joined the NICU Family Support® network […]

‘OK Glass, Time to Operate’

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Google Glass

A surgeon on the staff at North Kansas City Hospital is putting one of the most talked-about high-tech devices in recent times to work in the operating room. Jeff Colyer, MD, says the wearable computer known as Google Glass enhances visualization during procedures and enables him to operate with greater precision and control—which in turn […]

Acute Rehab to Expand

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Northland residents needing inpatient rehabilitation don’t have to travel far, thanks to the recent expansion of North Kansas City Hospital”s Acute Rehab Unit, which added 18 patient beds bringing the total to 48 private rooms. It is the largest, most comprehensive acute inpatient rehabilitation facility in the city.  “The inpatient acute rehab program is the […]

Allergy Services Offer Relief

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allergies

Meritas Health ENT adds new allergy testing and immunotherapy services to its growing list of expertise. The new services include scratch testing and custom-formulated immunotherapy, an FDA-approved method to desensitize allergies which has been proven to effectively alleviate allergy symptoms for life in many cases. “We want the best possible care and treatment for our patients,” […]

Overcome the Battle for Good Sleep

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Good Night's Sleep

Sleep deprivation ranks as a factor in three of society’s worst disasters: the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Investigators said mistakes made by sleep deprived workers triggered these catastrophes. In our own lives, sleep deprivation occurs on a smaller scale but with potentially disastrous results […]

June is Hernia Awareness Month

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It’s estimated that there are over 700,000 hernia repair surgeries in the U.S. each year. For Hernia Awareness Month, Brian Wittek, MD with Meritas Health Comprehensive Surgical Specialists, explains what a hernia is & how it’s treated. Additional Facts About Hernias The risk of hernia can be minimized, but hernias cannot be prevented. In fact, […]