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Nutrition 101: Eat Whole Grains for Big Nutritional Gains

By McKenzie Stevens, RD, LD at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown MARSHALLTOWN— July is national wheat month. So today, the last day of the month, serves as a great time to acknowledge wheat as a great source of carbohydrates. Although carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in the last few years,...
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What is the Most Popular Birth Month?

If you’re thinking, “Wow, there are a ton of baby showers in spring and early summer!” you’re not alone. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides birth rate by month data, showing July through October tends to be the most popular birth months in the United States. August is...
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The Path to Back-to-School Physicals

Your child’s annual physical (also called back-to-school physical, well-child visit, yearly check-up, etc.) is an important part of your child’s path to overall health. Children change a lot in one year, and it’s important for your pediatrician to track their growth and development. Andrew Cyr, MD, UnityPoint Health pediatrician, answers...
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Provider, Patient & Breast Cancer Survivor

Finding a happy work-life balance is no easy feat. UnityPoint Health provider Keri Benjamin can attest to that, as a 30-something-year-old wife, mom of two small children and nurse practitioner. A small-town, Midwestern girl, Benjamin knows what life is like as a working mom. She says she’s always on the...
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Living with Migraine Headaches

Anyone who has experienced a headache, and the pain that goes with it, knows how uncomfortable it can be. There are different types of headaches, but one of the worst is a migraine. Lynn Rankin, MD, UnityPoint Health neurologist, discusses migraine symptoms and triggers, pain management and when to contact...
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Myth-Busting Mosquitos

Warm weather months means the return of pesky mosquitoes, which are seemingly determined to interrupt outdoor sporting events, backyard barbeques and quiet evenings on the porch. Preventing mosquito bites can be tricky, and dealing with the itch after being bitten is even more annoying. However, there’s proof some people are...
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Different Types of Doctors & Advanced Practitioners

Health care credentials, or the letters behind names, can be confusing. What does MD stand for? What is a DO? What is a nurse practitioner versus a physician assistant? We’ve asked a panel of UnityPoint Health experts to answer these questions, helping you learn more about your care team. What...
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13 Ways the Sun Affects Your Body: The Good & The Bad

The sun can sometimes get a bad rap for only having negative effects on our health when, in fact, it has several positive effects for our overall health. Carey Bligard, MD, UnityPoint Health, says like many other things, sunshine should be enjoyed in moderation to avoid painful sunburn, heat rash,...
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How Lyme Disease is Passed from Pest to You

Playing around in wooded areas is fun during warm summer days. However, ticks are lurking ready to hop on and dig in. These small bugs like burrowing in the warm areas of your body and carry a bacteria, which could result in Lyme disease. Kelli Miller, ANP, UnityPoint Health, explains...
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Understanding the Rise and Roles of Hospitalists

No one ever wants to be in the hospital. But there are times when a hospital stay is needed. Apart from your primary care provider, do you know which providers play a key role in determining the quality of your hospital stay? Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in caring for...
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