Just Breathe

by
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 […]

A Mother Daughter Tradition

by
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

by
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

by
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

by
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

by
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 […]

Managing Your Medication

by
NKCH Medication Form

Prescription medication can play an important role in our lives. It can help us overcome a short-term illness or manage a chronic condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48.7% of Americans have used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days. It is estimated 10.7% of Americans have used […]

Spring Forward With Success

by
Daylight Saving Time

With the return of Daylight Saving Time, many people are searching for that lost hour of sleep and fumbling for that extra jolt of Joe. If you’re struggling with the time change, Scott Shorten, MD, with Meritas Health Neurology, suggests these tips for an easier transition. Eat Lightly at Night Indigestion from spicy or fatty […]

Migraines: The Basics

by
Common Symptoms of Migraines

More than 4 million people experience chronic migraines and have up to 15 migraines per month. The headaches arrive with severe, throbbing pain that can last for days. Migraines cause lost productivity and a reduced quality of life. Diagnosis The first step is to meet with a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in treating headaches. […]