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Fighting the Flu Begins with You

Each fall, you’re hit with tons of messages about receiving your flu shot. But, as a relatively healthy person, YOU surely don’t need one. Stephen Rinderknecht, DO, UnityPoint Health, explains how the annual flu vaccine keeps you healthy, common reactions to the flu shot and how effective it is in...
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11 Bonding Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Kangaroo Care

“Kangaroo care” and “skin-to-skin” are common phrases expectant and new parents learn, but while it’s easy to guess what they mean, why do they matter? UnityPoint Health Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Kellie Gebauer-Steinick, explains the benefits of kangaroo care and skin-to-skin contact, for both babies and parents. Plus, she offers tips...
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Water vs. Sports Drinks: What's Best for our Bodies

As the temperatures heat up, many of us find ourselves reaching for a cool drink to stay hydrated. When is it appropriate to grab a sports or electrolyte drink, and when is it best to go with water? Andrew Nish, MD, UnityPoint Health, helps us understand what the best drinks...
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Do I Have a Food Allergy or Intolerance?

Do you regularly experiencing stomach or digestive issues after eating certain foods? Depending on the foods leading to your discomfort and symptoms, you may have a food allergy or intolerance. UnityPoint Health Dietitian, Allison Rossow, RDLD, breaks down the differences between food allergies and intolerances, plus steps to get tested....
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Nutrition 101: New Food Labels to Include Added Sugars

Very few people read food labels. What’s more, a Nielsen study showed that only 41 percent of consumers understand what they are reading on the Nutrition Facts label. That isn’t a lot of people, considering the current food label has been in use for more than 20 years. This is...
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6 Ways to Battle Stinky Feet Without Seeing the Doctor

Do you ever think, “my feet stink,” when you toss off your shoes after a long day? If you dread the lingering stench, we are here to help. Foot and Ankle specialist Kosta Antonopoulos, DPM, says it’s actually a pretty common problem. He explains what causes stinky feet and ways...
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CTE: What We Know and the Questions that Still Exist

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE, is becoming a more familiar medical term, due in part to the speculation it’s a direct result of concussion. UnityPoint Health Sports Medicine provider, Shawn Spooner, M.D. shares what the medical community knows about CTE and the questions that still need to be...
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How to Keep a Healthy Love Affair with Shoes

Shoes! Glorious shoes! From well-worn flip-flops to fluorescent gym tennies to sharp-toed stilettos, for many women, the love affair with footwear is real. But, the love affair can turn toxic when common sense takes a back seat to style. Foot and ankle specialist Valerie Tallerico, DPM, UnityPoint Health, explains how...
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6 Tips for Athletes to Prevent Heat Injury

Heat illness in athletes is a real concern, especially when it comes to youth whose sweat glands aren’t as developed as adults. No matter what age, there are serious concerns about exercising outdoors in the summer heat. Marc Molis, MD, UnityPoint Health, offers six pieces of advice to stay out...
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Online Wait Times Changing the Game for Urgent Care

MARSHALLTOWN—Starting Tuesday, August 1, UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Urgent Care patients and families will have the ability to view wait times online at unitypoint.org/Marshalltown. UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown patients now have exclusive access to view the number of patients waiting for treatment at any given time, as clinic employees make...
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