Antacid Sufferers Beware

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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 […]

Traditions Around the Globe

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Easter Traditions Around the Globe

Sent With Love “At this time each year, I bring out some of my grandmother Nealie’s Easter postcards from the 1900s. Her family traveled from Tennessee to live in Savannah, MO. People back then used postcards to communicate with each other. By reading what they wrote, I get a peek into their lives.” Smashing Good […]

Eggstra Special Delivery

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

White fur or brown, straight ears or floppy, the Easter bunny’s magic transcends age. On Friday, April 14, 60+ adults will report to work and many will ponder, “Where’s my egg?” These aren’t just any plastic colored eggs. They arrive by special delivery, each handwritten with a name and filled with confectionery delights. Angie Neperud, […]

Hernia Repairs Go High-tech

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Dr. Art Stratman, robotic surgery patient

Art Stratman, MD, a retired family physician, enjoys playing a few games of pool each week, and even finds time to mix in some Mexican Train dominoes. But, when his bilateral inguinal (groin) hernia flared up, the pain made routine activities difficult to enjoy. “I had a left inguinal hernia repaired about 23 years ago, and […]

Managing Your Medication

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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

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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 […]

Our Healthcare Heroes

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Every day, lives are saved and people get better thanks to healthcare professionals, who truly are heroes. Each year, Ingram’s Magazine recognizes local healthcare heroes. This year’s NKCH winners are Ambassador and Volunteer Len Knudston, Auxiliary Staff Achievement; Michael Montgomery, MD, Meritas Health Cardiology, Lifetime Service Achievement; and Robert Pluenneke, MD, Professional Staff Achievement. Len […]

Migraines: The Basics

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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. […]