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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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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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