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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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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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