Doc Talk: Risks for colon cancer

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As most of you know, colon cancer can be a very deadly disease if not caught in time for treatment. So in the video below, we asked Dr. Chad Wigington of Mercy Health to talk about some of the factors that put people at a higher risk of developing colon cancer.

Click the video “play” button below to see Dr. Wigington discuss risk factors for colon cancer. He also gives us the straight scoop on what a colonoscopy is really like and if it’s as bad as some people make it out to be.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wigington, call Mercy’s Gastroenterology Clinic at 479-338-3030. It’s located on Rife Medical Lane in Rogers, just off Interstate 540. Or click HERE for more information.

Doc Talk is a bi-monthly feature made possible by the doctors and nurses of Mercy Health, who are generous with their time and provide video answers to questions submitted by local mothers.

NWAMotherlode.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about a medical condition. Don’t delay getting professional medical advice because of something you read online. This website doesn’t necessarily recommend or endorse any specific tests, doctors, products, procedures or opinions discussed on the site.

Doc Talk: How to prevent the dreaded UTI

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If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (which is not-so-lovingly nicknamed UTI) then you KNOW how painful it is. It’s a serious, drive-you-insane level of pain. And since we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays, we KNOW you don’t have time for one of those, right?

The good news is that, while it might not be possible to prevent every UTI, you can do a lot to keep yourself in the clear and out of the doctor’s office, begging for relief.

We asked nurse practitioner Megan Morgan, APN, to give us a run-down of the best ways to ward off the dreaded UTI.

Click the play arrow below to hear Megan talk about the steps you can take to prevent future UTI’s.

To schedule a visit with Megan Morgan, APN, call the Mercy Family Medicine and Obstetrics Clinic at 479-338-5555. It’s located in the Physician Plaza in Rogers, just off Interstate 540. Or click HERE to get more info on the Mercy website.

NWAMotherlode.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about a medical condition. Don’t delay getting professional medical advice because of something you read online. This website doesn’t necessarily recommend or endorse any specific tests, doctors, products, procedures or opinions discussed on the site.

Doc Talk: Average time it takes to conceive

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So many of us have concerns when, despite plenty of “trying,” we’re still not seeing that extra line on the home pregnancy test. But how long is “too long” before conception? What’s the average time it takes for a healthy woman (under the age of 35) to conceive?

Click the video “play” button below to see Dr. Nicole Scally of Mercy talk about the average time to conceive and when you should talk to your doctor if you’re having trouble, particularly if you’re 35 or older. There are so many new treatments available for couples dealing with infertility.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Scally, call the Mercy Family Clinic at 479-338-5555. It’s located on Rife Medical Lane in Rogers, just off Interstate 540.

Doc Talk is a bi-monthly feature made possible by the doctors and nurses of Mercy Health, who are generous with their time and provide video answers to questions submitted by local mothers.

NWAMotherlode.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about a medical condition. Don’t delay getting professional medical advice because of something you read online. This website doesn’t necessarily recommend or endorse any specific tests, doctors, products, procedures or opinions discussed on the site.

Doc Talk: Lice making the rounds at school

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We just heard from a nurse in one of Northwest Arkansas school districts that the dreaded LICE are making their rounds again this year. Yikes!

As soon as the temperatures dip and kids start bundling up in hats, scarves, etc., cases of lice always go up.

head liceWe know it makes you all itchy to even think about the little buggers, but it’s good to have all the facts about lice so you’ll know how to help prevent them from hitching a ride on your kid’s head. Little things like where your kid hangs his or her coat and what they do with their headphones can make a difference in preventing head lice. Check out what the video below says about tea tree oil, too.

But if your kid does get lice, it’s not the end of the world and you can definitely take care of the problem by following some specific steps.

We asked Shelly Brown, APN, a nurse practitioner over at Mercy Pediatrics, to give us the low-down on lice so we can all be bug-free this winter. (By the way, Shelly is GREAT! She has treated my kids a few times and she is great at explaining what’s going on and how to feel better.) Click the play arrow below to see Shelly’s advice on preventing head lice and what to do if your kid gets it:

To schedule an appointment with Shelly Brown or any of the doctors at Mercy Pediatrics (located on Highway 102 in Bentonville), call the clinic at 479-636-9234 or click HERE to visit them online.

NWAMotherlode.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about a medical condition. Don’t delay getting professional medical advice because of something you read online. This website doesn’t necessarily recommend or endorse any specific tests, doctors, products, procedures or opinions discussed on the site.

Doc Talk: Which nausea medications are safe during pregnancy?

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So many of us have dealt with nausea — sometimes severe — during the early stages of pregnancy. (During one of my pregnancies, the nausea lasted into the 5th month!) And even royal new mothers, like Duchess Kate, have battled intense pregnancy-related nausea. It really can disrupt your ability to function during the day (and night).

Is there anything we can do about does it just come with the baby bump territory?

Thankfully, new medicines are working wonders for women with nausea during pregnancy. (My doctor prescribed Zofran, which Dr. Scally discusses in the video, and it was my miracle drug!)

Click the video “play” button below to see Dr. Nicole Scally of Mercy talk about which nausea medications are safe to use during pregnancy and the possible side effects. She also mentions a few non-prescription things you can do to calm your stomach.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Scally, call the Mercy Family Clinic at 479-338-5555. It’s located on Rife Medical Lane in Rogers, just off Interstate 540.

Doc Talk is a bi-monthly feature made possible by the doctors and nurses of Mercy Health, who are generous with their time and provide video answers to questions submitted by local mothers.

NWAMotherlode.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about a medical condition. Don’t delay getting professional medical advice because of something you read online. This website doesn’t necessarily recommend or endorse any specific tests, doctors, products, procedures or opinions discussed on the site.

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