Mari Rydings

About 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.

Support Groups for Life

Sometimes, life hands you a health challenge you’re not sure you can handle. There’s comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Support groups bring people with similar experiences together. They offer a safe place to share personal experiences, discuss treatment options and side effects, express worries, get and give advice, and find new coping strategies. They [...]

By |2020-02-04T20:14:17-06:00February 4th, 2020|

It’s Never Too Late to Grow Old Gracefully

Watching the number of candles on the birthday cake multiply each year isn’t easy. Getting older may bring new challenges, but it’s never too late to adopt healthy habits that can help you grow old gracefully. Three Meritas Health doctors share what works, whether you’re 25 or 75. Keep Moving “Patients always ask me for [...]

By |2019-09-30T11:29:07-05:00September 4th, 2019|

Summer Break Safety

Summer is all about fun in the sun … until someone gets hurt. Keep your kiddos safer this summer by brushing up on playground slide safety tips, the warning signs of dehydration and the best defense against bug bites. Aaron M. Mayer, DO, a pediatrician with Meritas Health Pediatrics, offers his advice. Slide Safely Sliding [...]

By |2019-07-03T08:00:21-05:00July 3rd, 2019|

When Stomach Troubles Turn Serious

Constipation, diarrhea and bloating. Everyone has stomach trouble from time to time. But, irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, can keep the bowels in constant turmoil and make daily life challenging. IBS is a chronic stomach disorder that causes pain, recurring diarrhea or constipation, or both. Frequent trips to the bathroom are only part of the [...]

By |2019-04-02T15:15:38-05:00April 2nd, 2019|

Heading Off Heart Disease

Heart disease, sometimes cardiovascular disease, is a term that can refer to any number of conditions that affect your heart, including: Coronary artery disease, or CAD (narrowing of the arteries) Heart attack (myocardial infarction) Heart defects that appear at birth (congenital heart defects) Heart failure Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) Heart valve disease Stroke Fortunately, lifestyle [...]

By |2019-01-30T13:35:06-06:00January 30th, 2019|

Superbugs and Your Health: How to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Guest blogger: Morgan Statt, Health & Safety Investigator, Consumer Safety The discovery of antibiotics last century was a groundbreaking step in medical advancements. Common infections like strep throat that once led to serious complications are now easily treated. Over time however, widespread use of these medicines have caused bacteria to become resistant to the very [...]

By |2018-11-29T13:52:33-06:00November 29th, 2018|

Vaping Gets a Red Light

Chocolate. Espresso. Mango. Bubblegum. With tempting flavors and the promise of being a safer alternative to tobacco, electronic cigarette sales have gone from zero to 60 in no time flat. Pulmonologist, Andrea Anthony, MD, with Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine But, buyer beware. Pulmonologist Andrea K. Anthony, MD, with Meritas Health Pulmonary Medicine, pops [...]

By |2018-10-25T16:19:09-05:00October 25th, 2018|
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