Vitamin D for Deficiency?

–Tara Marchello, RD, LD Vitamin D is more than just a bone builder; it’s important in building immunity and cell growth. Now, even more benefits of Vitamin D are being discovered.  Research studies are finding positive results for Vitamin D in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, cognitive disorders, and diabetes. Vitamin D is also linked to cell energy, muscle function, and depression. Sounds great, sign me up! Yet deficiencies are all too common. More and more, I see patients with Vitamin D deficiencies, including those that tend to be generally healthy.  It’s no surprise …

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Radon Gas – And Why You Should Know About It

If you’ve purchased a house in the last 10 years or so, perhaps you were required to have it tested for radon gas as a part of the inspection process.  Maybe you didn’t even give this a lot of thought.  Here’s why radon inspections are important, worth the cost of testing, and maybe something you need to investigate. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.  We often assume lung cancer to be caused by smoking; certainly the largest contributing factor contributing to 443,000 lung cancer deaths annually.  However, another roughly …

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Prostate Cancer Screenings

-Amir Hemaya, MD, Internal Medicine at Kansas City Internal Medicine June is Men’s Health Month so it’s appropriate to talk about prostate cancer screening. Prostate cancer screening usually involves a blood test for Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), a protein made in the prostate gland. PSA can be elevated in noncancerous situations such as prostate infection or a benign nodule. A digital rectal exam is often done in addition to the PSA blood draw. Not everyone agrees that screening for prostate cancer should be done. Many studies have been done, but it is still unclear if PSA screening is good for average risk …

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Here Comes Spring…Again!

-Gretchen Huebert, MS, RD, LD, KCIM Dietitian Is it possible that you made a resolution to stay in shape over the winter or a New Year’s resolution to exercise?  Could those well intentioned plans have fallen apart and you are looking at another spring coming and you still have not made exercise a habit?  Maybe it’s time to reset some goals for your health. I hear so often that people don’t have the time to start an exercise program or that they have physical limitations that they feel prohibits them from exercising.  Let’s consider a walking program with a little …

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April is Stress Management Month…How are You Coping?

-Brent Halderman, PhD, KCIM April is Stress Awareness month…how are you coping with yours?  Roosevelt told Churchill during WWII that in order to cope with stress, once a month he went to his private home for four days, found a hole, crawled in it and pulled it closed behind him.  He played solitaire and worked on a stamp collection in his den for hours. Churchill painted. Roosevelt reminded Churchill that his painting was not a luxury, but rather a necessity since neither the world nor Roosevelt could do without him. Interestingly, these most public of men chose solitude to recuperate …

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