Category: Healthy Living

Hernias are More Common Than You Think
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Hernias are More Common Than You Think

By Elizabeth Colsen, MD, General Surgeon You lifted something heavy and now you are in pain. If it is painful to flex your abdominal muscles, it must be a muscle strain, right? Or is it a hernia? Symptoms of a hernia and muscle strain are similar, except a hernia presents as a bulge on the...

Do Not Invite Food Poisoning To Dinner
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Do Not Invite Food Poisoning To Dinner

by Roderick Brown, MD, Family Medicine With grilling and picnic season on the horizon, it is important to keep proper food handling in mind. The preparation and storage of food is extremely important in preventing, thus avoiding, food poisoning. Although anyone can get sick when eating contaminated food, pregnant women, older adults and people with...

Is a Leaky Bladder Normal?
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Is a Leaky Bladder Normal?

On average, women wait seven years from the first time they experience accidental bladder leakage to talk to a doctor! That is seven years of letting your bladder run your life. According to the National Association for Incontinence, 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leakage. It’s time to work...

Flu Season Striking Hard
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Flu Season Striking Hard

The rate of influenza is hitting our community hard this week, but no one wants it. To help you and your family avoid getting sick (or spreading the illness), make sure everyone is following these tips. Wash your hands well with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer. Cough/sneeze into your...

This Year I Want To…
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This Year I Want To…

By LaNita Mortenson, PT, Therapy Services Jump on the trampoline and run with my kids without peeing my pants! Men and women struggle with bladder leakage, or urinary incontinence. While nearly 30% of people report suffering from urinary incontinence, there are many more suffering in silence. Do not be ashamed; this is very common. While common,...

Heartburn? Acid Reflux? Dr. Colsen Can Help
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Heartburn? Acid Reflux? Dr. Colsen Can Help

By Elizabeth Colsen, M.D., General Surgery Living with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be difficult for many people. When tempted to over-indulge, remember to maintain a reasonable amount of self-restraint, eat slowly and not too close to bedtime, and steer clear of your trigger foods. Limit alcohol consumption to one or two drinks because alcohol...