Healthy Mama: When new moms have the blues

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By Dr. Matthew Steed, Mercy physician and father of two Little girls often play with baby dolls and dream of the day when they’ll have a baby of their own, so why after years of waiting are new moms suddenly sad once their new bundle of joy has arrived? Our first child (Glyn) was the [...]

Doc Talk: Factors that increase risk of breast cancer

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It’s time for another virtual trip to the doctor’s office. Most of us know that we should be doing breast self-exams regularly. But do you know when girls should start doing self breast exams? And do you know the specific factors that put you at higher risk for developing breast cancer during your lifetime? Click [...]

Doc Talk: What is gout?

It’s time for another virtual trip to the doctor’s office. And this time we’re getting the answer to a question I’ve had for a while now. I’ve heard people mention trouble with “gout” before but never really knew what it was and how a person might get it. So we asked Dr. Chap Sampson of [...]

Doc Talk: How long does it take to get addicted to pain medication?

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It’s time for another virtual trip to the doctor’s office. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the HUGE spike in the number of accidental overdoses from prescription pain medications. (The number has tripled in the past 10 years.) So how do you know how long you [...]

Doc Talk: How to treat sprains and strains

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It’s time for another virtual trip to the doctor’s office. And since warm weather is here, we know lots of kids (and adults) will be outside playing games and sports. If you or one of our kids hurts an ankle, do you know the difference between a “sprain” and a “strain”? (We didn’t before we [...]

Doc Talk: How to prevent urinary tract infections

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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. I’d even go so far as to say that a severe urinary tract infection ranks second only to the worst contractions of childbirth in terms of the “agony” [...]

Doc Talk: About those BMI tests done at your kids’ school

Have you ever received a Body Mass Index Test Report from your kid’s school? These BMI reports are supposed to let parents know if their kids are a healthy weight, overweight, underweight or even obese. But how are these tests done, and what factors are taken into account? And is a BMI test a good [...]

Doc Talk: What you need to know about heartburn

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We’re nearly at the end of Heart Month, so we’re wrapping things up with a topic that may sound like it’s heart-related but it’s actually more of a common stomach problem — heartburn. So many people struggle with heartburn, and most moms know how it can really become a nuisance during pregnancy. But when does [...]

Doc Talk: What happens inside your body during a heart attack?

Sometimes It’s heart month, so we’re focused on heart health in today’s Doc Talk. We’ve all heard about heart attacks and know at least one person who has had one. But do you know exactly what happens inside the body during a heart attack? We asked Dr. Larry Weathers to walk us through the process [...]

Doc Talk: What is a calcium score and why do I need one?

Sometimes we mamas worry about the wrong things. We worry about crazy accidents or abductions or natural disasters. But we forget that, statistically speaking, it’s the subtle, quiet things that threaten us most — like heart disease. We need to know what’s going on with our heart and the hearts of those we love. And [...]