Gestational Diabetes: What Expectant Mothers Need to Know

Each year, 6-9% of pregnant women in the U.S. develop gestational diabetes. Nationally, there has been an increase in gestational diabetes, but annual diagnoses only equate to about 200,000 cases a year. What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes occurs when the body either can’t make enough insulin or use it sufficiently during pregnancy. An important [...]

By |2020-01-21T12:25:43-06:00January 21st, 2020|

Take 5 Minutes to Reduce Your Risk of Cervical Cancer

Just 40 years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in women. Thanks to increased use of the Pap smear, cases of cervical cancer have dropped dramatically. Dawn Heizman, MD, with Meritas Health Pavilion For Women While this is fantastic news, there’s still work to be done. Each year, more [...]

By |2019-01-02T15:19:55-06:00December 31st, 2018|

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|

Gynecologist Guides Women Through Menopause Treatment

Gynecologist, James Riojas, MD, FACOG with Meritas Health Obstetrics & Gynecology Most women in the U.S. begin menopause between the ages of 40-58, with an average of 51. Depleting estrogen levels leave women with a range of potentially life-disrupting symptoms and health risks, including genital and sexual symptoms, hot flashes, mood changes, night [...]

By |2018-10-30T16:12:54-05:00October 30th, 2018|

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Get the Lowdown

Urogynecologist, Ian Rosbrugh, MD When women experience pelvic floor disorders causing urinary or fecal incontinence, they often suffer in silence, hesitant to address the topic. They are not alone. The National Institutes of Health estimates one-third of women in the U.S. have pelvic floor disorders. Today, more women are reaching out for help [...]

By |2018-09-04T10:51:17-05:00September 4th, 2018|

HPV-related Cancers: They’re Preventable

HPV (human papillomavirus) infections are the most common sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. In fact, one in four people currently have an HPV infection, but don’t know it. While most HPV infections go away on their own, about 5% progress to cervical, anal, head and neck, or rarer cancers. HPV-positive head and neck cancer [...]

By |2018-08-30T16:09:05-05:00July 30th, 2018|

Heart Disease Hogwash

Heart disease. It’s scary, life changing and we don’t like to talk about it. But, with Kansas City’s heart disease death rate hovering at 170 deaths per 100,000 (that’s three more people than the total population of Blue Eye, MO, down by Branson), it’s a genuine health concern. But, what you don’t know can hurt [...]

By |2019-01-24T11:54:06-06:00February 5th, 2016|
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