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Experts in the field of allergies are reporting that fewer patients this spring are suffering from sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. Looking further into this, doctors are concluding that patients with what we call hayfever aren’t being exposed to...
The five people serving on your local Board of Health oversee the operation of the Dallas County Health Department, including Environmental Health Services. This group of citizen volunteers works toward the goal of having a healthy population in safe,...
Colorectal cancer is the third-most-common cancer among both men and women in Iowa and the third-most-deadly cancer for both genders, according to Iowa Cancer Plan. Colonoscopies are the usual screening for colorectal cancer. There is reliable information about colonoscopy screenings...
Poison prevention is always in season. As if we don’t make enough excuses to avoid spring cleaning, it could lead to accidental poisonings if cleaning chemicals are inhaled, get into the eyes or are ingested. The same is true for...
The word "sharps" is a medical term for small instruments with sharp points used to puncture or cut skin. They are used at home, at work and while traveling to manage medical conditions of people or their pets for...
Kidney cancer begins in the kidneys and, like other cancers, it can spread. It's not clear what causes most kidney cancers. The incidence of kidney cancer seems to be increasing, which might be due to imaging techniques being used more...
Yes, there is such a thing as good fat. We need some fat in our daily food intake, which according to the American Heart Association, provides energy, supports cell growth, protects organs, and helps regulate body temperature. The American Heart Association...
Sometimes after a hospitalization or illness, you end up with a few unused pills or a half-inch of liquid prescription medicine in a bottle. It’s hard to know what to do with it. Medications should never be tossed in the...
If you’re from Iowa, then you might associate the word "sunscreen" with a warm summer day and not with cold winter weather. Dermatologists would disagree. Skin that’s unprotected from sun can be damaged even by feeble winter sunlight, as...
Who would have thought that instead of going to a clinic, we would be able to have a physical therapy or occupational therapy appointment using a computer? Persons recovering from an injury or surgery can have the benefits of assessment...