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Ann Cochran

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We’re all aging -- but are we aging in good health? A study reported by the European Heart Journal concluded that a 55-year-old non-smoking female with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an A1C of 6 (elevated) won’t make it...
Talking about cancer is difficult, and it’s more difficult when the cancer has attacked a part of the body that isn’t usually spoken about in polite company, but minding your manners and not mentioning the word "prostate" might cause...
So far 2019 hasn’t been a great year for walking, running and biking -- first the endless spring rains and then the baking summer heat. Now with pleasant fall weather arriving, the beautiful recreation trails in Dallas County become more...
The 5210 campaign started a few years ago as a way to help combat childhood obesity. For the uninitiated, the numbers 5210 are a reminder to eat five fruits or vegetables daily, limit screen time (TV, computer, phone, tablet)...
For decades women have been advised that screenings can find cancer in early stages, when treatment is generally more successful. This is still true. Starting by age 40, most women should have annual mammogram screenings to detect breast cancer. For women...
Last week we reminded parents about the importance of vision exams for children who are gearing up for fall classes Aug. 23, but back-to-school checkups, sports physicals, well-child exams -- whatever you choose to call these appointments for children...
Back-to-school supplies are in the stores, so it’s time to schedule health-related appointments for kids of all ages. Including a vision exam can help ensure your child will have a successful school year. What’s the difference between a vision screening and...
July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, focusing on the worldwide increase of this serious liver disease. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Hepatitis C diagnoses in our state have doubled since 2000. Hepatitis C is a viral infection...
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has mailed letters this summer to persons covered by the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) regarding an open enrollment period. This includes adults with Iowa Health Link and children on Hawk-i. If your...
Everyone wants clean lakes and rivers. Whether for swimming, fishing or just taking a drive along a lake, it’s important to us that our waterways are sparkling clean. Particularly for Iowans with private wells, clean water isn’t just an extra...