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, […]

Men’s Health Month

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It’s Men’s Health Month. What does that mean to you? For most, it’s just another day. A day to say things like, “I’m healthy enough”, “this pain will pass”, “it costs too much” and on and on. We know that men are 24% less likely than women to go to the doctor. We also know […]

Table Salt vs. Sea Salt

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Salt is a crystalline compound known as sodium chloride, it is a mineral, a component of seawater, and used for seasoning food, and as a preservative. Sounds simple right?  It should be easy for the average consumer to choose a salt for their cooking and baking needs; however nothing is ever that simple.  Many popular […]

April is National Donate Life Month

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Donate Life Month

A Mother’s Instinct Saves Her Child Megan Ebert was 13 months old when her parents first realized something was wrong. Worried about a lingering infection, mom Sheri Ebert, a registered nurse, was shocked to learn Megan was in kidney failure. Megan, now 18 years old, suffered from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) caused by strep pneumococcal […]

All I Want Is My Two Front Lobes

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By Joan Harrison I meant to volunteer at North Kansas City Hospital for quite some time. I just couldn’t seem to make myself do it. Maybe it was the fact that I would have to dress up that kept me from getting to it. I was presented the perfect opportunity to offer my services as […]

Importance of Leafy Greens

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Consuming dark leafy greens regularly is a great way to improve your overall health.  They are an important source of many key nutrients including potassium, folic acid, vitamins A & C and dietary fiber. The USDA recommends consuming 1 ½ -2 cups weekly to prevent nutrient deficiencies and other illnesses. There are many varieties to […]

National Colorectal Cancer Month

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Colorectal cancer ranks as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when combining both sexes, according to the American Cancer Society’s 2013 statistics. With advanced treatments now available, colorectal cancer-related deaths can be significantly reduced. If we can catch it in time, we can cure it. Approximately 98% of my surgeries […]