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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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Manly Meats: Hidden Grilling Health Risks

A source of pride for many men, grilling is no ordinary food preparation method. It takes skill, finesse and dedication to perfectly craft each and every item. But, before you fire up the grill with your utensil-of-choice at the ready, read the following advice from James Bain, MD, UnityPoint Health,...
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UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown Mammography Department Nationally Ranked

Pictured from left to right: Amanda Hammer, RT(R), (M); Karen Cheeseman RT(R), (M); Sarah Vaverka RT(R), (M). MARSHALLTOWN— The mammography department at UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown has been ranked in the top decile nationally by the Press Ganey organization, according to recent reports. Press Ganey, which specializes in understanding and...
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How to Speed Up Your Metabolism Naturally

Losing or maintaining weight can seem like a never-ending battle, and metabolism often gets blamed as a weight loss barrier. Linsey High, PA-C, UnityPoint Health, explains metabolism in detail, including natural tips to help increase it and common misconceptions. What is Metabolism? In simplest terms, metabolism is the rate the...
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10 Ways to Reduce Back Pain While Cycling

The warm weather means more people are getting active outdoors and others are preparing to take on RAGBRAI later this summer. If you’re a new rider who cycles casually or even a more seasoned rider, cycling can cause some aches and pains, especially through the back. UnityPoint Health Physical Therapist...
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UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown Responder Attends Homeland Security Training

Paramedic Steven Vannatta, UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown EMS manager, recently completed Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. The CDP—operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency—is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass...
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Coconut Oil and Cholesterol: An Unhealthy Mix

If you have coconut oil in your cabinets, it’s probably best to keep the lid on it. According to a report from the American Heart Association (AHA), the bad in the oil outweighs the good. It seems that’s a message many people don’t understand. The AHA report says 72 percent...
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Alzheimer's Awareness: Why It's Important to Remember The Longest Day

Summer solstice is a day many people celebrate. It’s the longest day from sunrise-to-sunset and the official start of summer. However, the day has a different meaning for those battling Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the duration of the summer solstice symbolizes the challenging journey of those living...
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