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Guest Editorial: Breast Cancer by Melissa Pearson, ARNP

Breast Cancer….a very scary set of words. There has been a lot of controversy lately on the benefits of mammography and talk about changing the recommendations. Patients would like the facts or odds about getting breast cancer. Here are some simple facts about breast cancer. 75% of women diagnosed with...
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Top 10 Food Choking Hazards for Babies & Toddlers

Children younger than 4 years old are at the highest risk of choking, since they haven’t quite mastered chewing. But, do you know which foods to avoid feeding your toddler or how to identify unsafe foods for babies? Pediatrician Catie Sandberg, DO, UnityPoint Health, identifies 10 foods not to give...
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Nutrition 101: Root for Root Vegetables

By Annie, dietetic intern at UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown Root vegetables are becoming more and more common in recipes, but did you know that they add more than just taste to your dish? The most common types of root vegetables are sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, ginger, and...
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Is a High-Deductible Health Plan Right for You?

Health insurance is confusing. There are all sorts of acronyms to learn, and lately, you may have noticed more of an emphasis on high-deductible health plans (HDHP). High-deductible health plans can be more affordable for both you and your employer. However, they might not be right for everyone. Sarah Fenimore,...
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Dr. VanGundy returns to Marshalltown hospital Emergency Department

MARSHALLTOWN – UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown announces Dr. Lance VanGundy, MD, will return to the UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown Emergency Department effective October 1, 2017. “We are very excited to have Dr. VanGundy as a part of our Marshalltown team again,” said Dustin Wright, president of UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown....
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A Nurse's Advice to Tackling 10,000 Steps a Day

Marsha Haugen says she hasn’t missed a day of reaching 10,000 steps since March 15, 2016. The 63-year-old, UnityPoint Health nurse and palliative care navigator says it hasn’t always been an easy task, but she’s found ways to stick with it. “My personality is that if I skip a day,...
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Upset Stomach vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Digestive issues are no fun and can be pretty embarrassing. A whole host of things, including greasy foods, eating too fast, medication or even stress, can send someone running for the bathroom or leave them with an uncomfortable pain. However, while most stomachaches come and go, an upset stomach could...
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Medicare Open Enrollment: 3 Things You Need to Do

Do you have a Medicare health or prescription drug plan? Open Enrollment runs October 15 through December 7 and is the time you can make changes to your plan. If you miss an Open Enrollment deadline, you’ll most likely have to wait a full year before you can make changes...
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Calories in Beer & How to Make Smarter Choices (Infographic)

Let’s be honest, you’re not going to get a big nutritional boost from drinking beer, but you’ll probably still drink it anyway. UnityPoint Health dietitian, Tricia Leininger, says that’s OK. However, she wants to arm you with a few tips, so you make better decisions when ordering from the bartender....
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